Social Responsibility Professors launch the book “Paz territorial e inversión social privada: contribuciones al ODS 16”

The book was edited by Finance, Government and International Relations professors María Claudia Romero, Director of the Social Responsibility and Sustainability graduate programs, and Óscar Iván Pérez, Professor-Researcher of the Masters in Social Responsibility and Sustainability.

The presentation was made within the framework of the “8th Economics and Sustainability Global Compact – Colombia Network Congress’, held May 3-4, 2018. “Territorial peace and private social investment” is Notebook No. 3 of the Case Studies Bank in Social Responsibility and Sustainability the Externado de Colombia University is building as part of their graduate programs on the subject.

The Notebook presents the results of five cases undertaken by member organizations of the Global Compact – Colombia Network: Merquemos Juntos, Fundación Amanecer, Grupo Argos, Smurfit Kappa Colombia, and Postobón.  The cases, documented and systematized during 2016 by Master’s in Social Responsibility and Sustainability students as graduating work, were directed by professors and based on the methodology for the development of case studies in social responsibility, prepared by the University.

In her presentation, Professor Romero highlighted five of the research findings on the private sector contribution to the construction of peace in Colombia:

  1. The private sector contributes to peace through initiatives complementing their contribution to generating employment and payment of taxes and royalties. i.e., does not just comply with the Law in their daily business activities; it goes beyond.
  1. Contributions from organizations are framed, mainly, in peacebuilding socioeconomic and reconciliation dimensions, so they relate to enterprise support, inclusion in micro-credit programs, and promotion of a dialogue and reconciliation culture.
  1. Peace initiatives tend to be performed in rural areas, including those most affected by the armed conflict (ZOMAC) and populations in vulnerable situations, as the private sector gives priority to social interventions in areas where they have direct influence.
  1. Contribution to peace by organizations was not deliberate in the sense this purpose was not contemplated within its strategic objectives at the time of creating the program. Despite this fact, case studies found actual contributions to the construction of peace at the territorial level.
  2. Peace-building initiatives were carried out within the Social Responsibility and Sustainability policies framework, usually associated with companies’ material concerns, including its stakeholders.

The University, together with the Global Pact Colombia Network and the Asociación de Fundaciones Familiares y Empresariales (AFE), (Association of Family and Business Foundations), will hold, July 13, 2018, 9:00 am to 12:00 m, a meeting on Contributions to peace by the private sector in Colombia. The event will be supported by the book launched at the Global Compact Congress and the recently published, “Las fundaciones empresariales y su inversión social para la paz: contribuciones al ODS 16.” Admission is free of charge.

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