This written discussion is part a new month-long Challenge with Indiana University around the question: “What role can business play in pursuit of peace?” The Challenge consists an online programme of written articles and online discussions, available on the Challenge homepage.
Despite the fact that broad macroeconomic connections between business and peace have long been acknowledged more needs to be done. This Challenge aims to deepen understanding around the role that business can play in peacekeeping, peace making, and peace building.
This discussion focuses on how one might empirically assess business actions and how such quantification might be valuable for businesses and society alike. A one-hour live panel will take place on Wednesday 26 October from 10am ET / 3pm UK.
The discussion will focus on three questions:
- What are some of the options for empirically measuring the contribution of companies to peace?
- What are some of the issues involved in measuring the contribution of businesses to peace?
- Some argue that we should rank companies on their contribution to peace, or alternatively certify them against some standard. Which might be better and should they be made public or used to inform internal management decisions? What role should business play in developing these approaches?