Extreme income disparity and lack of a strong middle class have kept societies unstable throughout the world. Outbreaks of war and civil disorder divert development resources to military and security use, and cripple incentives for investment and long-term development. Other human costs can’t be measured—disease, displacement, poverty and destruction of infrastructure.
Conversely, economic activity thrives in an environment of political and social stability. Peace is a precondition of prosperity, but economic cooperation and openness leads to peace. We in the business community have a vital role to play in promoting peaceful commerce for the welfare of all people.
The Global Peace Foundation has connected with business leaders and organizations, and economic policy experts to advance models of economic development and business that support the goals of peace and prosperity, driven by shared values and universal principles.