Responsible Business

Advancing best practices in conflict sensitive approaches to engagement and social investment in communities where operations take place,

CDA’s tools and guidance are applicable to companies from a wide range of industries operating in complex environments and conflict zones.

CDA helps companies improve their social impacts, support development in communities they affect, and operate in ways that strengthen their relationships with those communities. CDA works on a bi-lateral partnership basis with individual companies, and in multi-stakeholder initiatives to advance public understanding of corporate social impacts and their mitigation.

CDA is a thought leader on business and conflict issues and has authored or contributed to influential guidance, such as the UN Global Compact’s Guidance on Responsible Business in Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas and IPIECA’s Creating Successful, Sustainable Social Investment, and the Preventing Conflict in Exploration tool.

CDA’s work on Responsible Business began in 2000 with the launch of the Corporate Engagement Project (CEP). CEP performed 16 asset-level field assessments around the world between 2000-2009, primarily within the extractive industry, involving over 2000 individual and group consultations and culminating in the publication of the book Getting It Right: Making Corporate-Community Relations Work.

CDA is currently engaged in a learning project about the ways in which violence affects small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and how SMEs affect violence, in partnership with the University of Oslo, Universidad de los Andes, University of Stellenbosch, and Peace Research Institute Oslo.

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