Business and Peace in Sri Lanka: The roles of employer and business member organizations

Connecting Business initiative Secretariat • 16 July 2019

This ILO report highlights the multiple ways in which the most influential EBMOs in Sri Lanka assisted their members and promoted peace during the almost three-decade long conflict and in its aftermath. Yet as this report emphasizes, there is a need to foster greater participation by the private sector in promoting and investing in long-term peace. The report also offers key lessons for other countries experiencing conflict by examining how EBMOs in Sri Lanka provided leadership to the private sector to influence, advocate for and promote peaceful resolution of the conflict whilst encouraging investment entrepreneurship and the rebuilding of livelihoods and infrastructure.