The role of Employer and Business Membership Organizations in Conflict Zones in Asia

Connecting Business initiative Secretariat • 17 July 2019

This paper examines one component of the “private sector – conflict” interface: what business can do, both during and after a conflict situation, collectively through representative Employer and Business Membership Organizations (EBMOs) – an issue that has not been widely researched or documented. EBMOs are defined as any representative organization (member-based) of the private sector, namely employers’ organizations (national, regional or provincial); chambers of commerce (national, regional or provincial); sectoral associations (representing enterprises in a specific sector of the economy); or any other formal established network of businesses that have come together to work in a collective interest. For the most part, these EBMOs are populated with small, medium or large indigenous enterprises.

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