Encouraging greater corporate social responsibility and commitment amongst companies to contribute to conflict prevention, including common standards and codes of conduct.
Working with the private sector on issues which address the root causes of conflict including: equitable distribution of resources, human rights protection, anti-corruption measures and reform of the security sector.
Today, only about 4% of the world's GNP is military related; 96% of the international business community provides civilian products and services. Most of these business sectors have a vested interest in world stability and peace. Since most of the world's leading multinationals have their headquarters in G8 countries, there is scope for co-operation and co-ordination between the state and private sectors in contributing to conflict prevention and resolution.
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