2024 Webinar on Responsible Business Conduct

The Webinar on Resposible Business Conduct will take place on 9th July 2024, from 10 pm to 5.30am (UTC +2, Zurich)

To participate, the following conditions should be met: be reasonably fluent in English, you should have a stable internet connection and  bring some motivation.

If you are interested, please scan the QR Code or go to:  https://forms.gle/RHtcr5xyjCvtWRxT7

The application deadline is on June 30, 2024.

What is it all about:

This online Responsible Business Conduct course is designed to provide participating students with an initial awareness of international principles, guidelines, and standards on responsible business conduct. It will focus specifically on the main international frameworks, such as the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, which companies are expected to deliver and with some aspects increasingly required by regional and national legislation. The course also discusses the roles of international organizations and governments in promoting and demanding for responsible business conduct. It will also offer insights on the ethical and practical considerations that companies should (and increasingly must) consider when they are operating or are consider whether to operate in fragile and high-risk countries and/or industries, especially in Sub-Saharan Africa. The course will offer insights on how to apply international norms to practice, drawing on real-world case studies and interactive group discussions. The expected learning outcomes are to help students gain a greater understanding of the challenges and opportunities connected with responsible business conduct expectations and meeting these expectations in practice in those environments that students are familiar with.

 Questions that will be addressed:

  • What does the concept of ‘Responsible Business Conduct’ entail?
  • Which international principles, guidelines, and standards, as well as national and regional pieces of legislation and regulation are concerned about Responsible Business Conduct?
  • What role do companies, government authorities and international organizations play in conducting business responsibly?
  • When businesses operate in conflict-affected and fragile countries, what are the fundamental ethical and legal frameworks that are especially relevant for such contexts?
  • What are some of the key challenges and opportunities associated with implementing responsible business conduct in fragile markets?
  • What are the critical steps that businesses are advised to consider delivering RBC in practice?


Bio of Evelyn Dietsche

Evelyn Dietsche brings over 25 years of operational and advisory experience from the multinational private sector, consultancy experience in the international development sector, and applied research experience on the natural resources sectors and economic and social development. Her strength lies in conducting political-economic, socio-political, conflict sensitivity, and fiduciary analyses and providing thought-leadership to translate these into strategic insights and actions.

Evelyn has held different roles and undertaken many different assignments for the companies, international organisations, multilateral and bilateral development agencies, and non-governmental organisations. After four years leading a portfolio and program at swisspeace, she now serves as an Associate Fellow while her main role is that of severing as a Member on the World Bank’s Inspection Plan.

She holds a PhD from the Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law & Policy, University of Dundee, and an MSc in Development Economics from the University of London and a postgraduate Diploma in Public Policy and Management from the University of Konstanz.


About swisspeace

swisspeace is a practice and research institute dedicated to advancing effective peacebuilding. Partnerships with local and international actors are at the core of our work. Together, we combine expertise and creativity to reduce violence and promote peace in contexts affected by conflicts.