Theorizing Business and Local Peacebuilding Through the ‘Footprints of Peace’ Coffee Project in Rural Colombia

Business and Society Journal, DOI/10.1177/0007650317749441, Forthcoming

57 Pages Posted: 28 Feb 2018

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Jason Miklian

International Peace Research Institute, Oslo (PRIO); University of Oslo - Centre for Development and the Environment

Juan Pablo Medina Bickel

Universidad de los Andes, Colombia

Date Written: December 7, 2017

Abstract

Despite emerging study of business initiatives that attempt to support local peace and development, we still have significant knowledge gaps on their effectiveness and efficiency. This article builds theory on business engagements for peace through exploration of the Footprints for Peace (FOP) peacebuilding project by the Federación Nacional de Cafeteros de Colombia (FNC). FOP was a business-peace initiative that attempted to improve the lives of vulnerable populations in conflict-affected regions.

Through 70 stakeholder interviews, we show how FOP operationalized local peace and development in four conflict-affected departments of Colombia, and examine FNC’s motivations for and effectiveness of its peacebuilding activities.

Our main finding is that FOP’s success supported several existing theories on business engagement in peace both in terms of peacebuilding by business and for local economic and societal development, providing evidence in support of development–business collaborations and local peacebuilding by business under certain targeted circumstances.

We relate these findings to existing literature, highlighting where existing business-peace theory is supported, where FOP challenged assumptions, and where it illuminated new research gaps. These findings serve to take business-peace theory forward and improve our understandings of what can constitute success for business-peace initiatives in Colombia and possibly other conflict-affected regions.

Keywords: Business Ethics, Conflict Areas, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Developing Countries, Peace, Peace Through Commerce, Sustainable Development

JEL Classification: O12, O17, O19, F35, F50

Suggested Citation

Miklian, Jason and Medina Bickel, Juan Pablo, Theorizing Business and Local Peacebuilding Through the ‘Footprints of Peace’ Coffee Project in Rural Colombia (December 7, 2017). Business and Society Journal, DOI/10.1177/0007650317749441, Forthcoming , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3120158

Jason Miklian (Contact Author)

International Peace Research Institute, Oslo (PRIO) ( email )

Oslo
N-0260 Oslo
Norway

University of Oslo - Centre for Development and the Environment ( email )

P.O. Box 1116 Blindern
K1A 0G9
0317 Oslo
Norway

Juan Pablo Medina Bickel

Universidad de los Andes, Colombia ( email )

Carrera Primera # 18A-12
Bogota, DC D.C. 110311
Colombia

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