Memorandum on Stakeholder Engagement in Conflict Contexts

5/2020 | Sarah Cechvala, Ben Miller

In 2018, the United Nations Working Group on Business and Human Rights’ (UNWG) launched a consultative project on business in conflict and post-conflict contexts. The project seeks to identify practical measures that businesses and states can take to prevent and address human rights abuses associated with business in those contexts. As part of the project, the UNWG issued an open call for input. CDA’s input to the UWNG included the Letter to the United Nations Working Group on Business and Human Rights and the Memorandum on Stakeholder Engagement in Contexts of Conflict that are presented here.

The UNWG will present its findings to the UN General Assembly in October, 2020.

This memorandum argues that stakeholder engagement practices that are effective in conflict-free environments are not well suited to conflict settings, and that businesses should conduct stakeholder engagement in contexts of conflict and fragility according principles that are tailored specifically for those settings.

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