People, Profits and Peace

Proposals for a human security approach for the private sector towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals

The proposals in this report for a Framework of Human Security Business Partnership (HSBP) represent the first step in forging the practical connection between human security and business.

Mehrnaz Mostafavi, Chief of the Human Security Unit, UN

This report presents the Human Security Business Partnership (HSBP) Framework and proposals for the private sector to work towards the achievement of the SDGs.

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Mary Martin is Director of the UN Business and Human Security Initiative. Her research focuses on the role of the private sector in conflict and peacebuilding and private security in the international system. She was coordinator of the Human Security Study Group 2006-1010, reporting to the High Representative of the European Union. She holds a PhD in International Relations from the University of Cambridge.

Vesna Bojicic-Dzelilovic specialises in the political economy of conflict and post-conflict reconstruction, post-communist transition, civil wars, political economy of policymaking and regional development. She has acted as an expert to the UNDP, the World Bank and the European Commission. Dr Bojicic-Dzelilovicholds PhD in Economics and MA in Economic Development.

Lisa ten Brinke is a research assistant for the UN Business and Human Security Initiative, supporting the project through research, project management, and communications. She holds an MSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science.