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Conflict Zones, Operating Businesses in

Businesses operating in conflict zones are exposed to a variety of social, environmental, political, legal, and ethical issues. How businesses address these issues may affect not just the sustainability of the business but also the community, the conflict zone, and future generations. Whether a business is entering a conflict zone or is already operating in a conflict zone, these issues provide challenges and opportunities.

Conflict zones can be, at one extreme, geographical areas with multinational wars, such as World War II or, at the other extreme, a single nation, such as a dissolving Yugoslavia. Businesses now are more likely to be in areas of tension within a state with fragile or emerging economies, weak or unstable governments, or real/potential violence. Preconflict zones are those experiencing ...

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