International Business under Adversity

International Business under Adversity

A Role in Corporate Responsibility, Conflict Prevention and Peace

Edited by Gabriele G.S. Suder

What is the role of international business in this dilemma? How and why do international corporations maximize value beyond core strategy and partners through corporate responsibility? This informative and accessible resource expands the readers’ understanding of the ways in which profit maximization, value creation and community benefit interconnect. How to respect the wider business settings and communities, the environment and encourage peace? Is this just another dream? This book clearly provides a starting point for upstream mitigation, in which collective action allows disruption to be avoided at its very roots. It shows the way into responsible business, as a downright condition for an enlightened self-interest for all parties to pursue.

Chapter 12: The Corporate Responsibility in Peace, Conflict Reduction and Crisis Prevention: Human Security for Thriving Markets – A Tool Kit

Gabriele G.S. Suder and Jonathan Lefevre

Subjects: business and management, corporate governance, international business, economics and finance, corporate governance, politics and public policy, terrorism and security


12. Corporate responsibility in peace, conflict reduction and crisis prevention: human security for thriving markets – a tool kit Gabriele G.S. Suder and Jonathan Lefevre Thriving markets and human security go hand in hand. (Former United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan) 12.1 INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS IN CRISIS ZONES: HOW CONFLICTS AFFECT BUSINESS Conflict and crisis have been defined in many different ways, depending on the origin, culture and objectives of the interpreter. We understand by conflict any situation in which two or more cohabiting individuals or groups have (seemingly or real) incompatible short- and/or long-term goals or expectations. Globalization shortens the distance between these cohabitations and the time it takes for these relationships (nodes) to form, maintain or break. Crisis is the end stage of such conflict, for its actors and the community in relation or proximity to that conflict. Hence, conflicts entail a goal or object, whether tangible or not, with respect to which differing parties have different expectations, and employ a range of strategies to achieve their objectives. The worst-case scenario of conflict is violence, bloodshed and war, with war being defined as a prolonged conflict that has turned violent. This chapter starts out by exploring the main conflict types and their causes; argues that in most cases any type of conflict is bad for business; illustrates the role that firms play (directly or indirectly) in conflict and in conflict reduction, demonstrating the...

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