• CREATE MORE JOBS AND LESS VIOLENCE WITH BPEACE

We are an international coalition of courageous, committed, optimistic business leaders. We believe that the best hope for long-term peace in conflict-affected communities is more jobs and the economic empowerment of women.

The Business Council for Peace (Bpeace) offers 5-star volunteer opportunities for Skillanthropists who advise international business owners and job creators. For those on both sides, the impact of the work they do together is measurable.

ABOUT BPEACE

Bpeace’s 350+ business volunteers envision a world where job creators who believe in women’s economic empowerment can accelerate historically violent communities up the path to peace and prosperity. We believe jobs provide dignity and economic stability. More jobs mean less violence®

The Bpeace model unites high-quality business consulting by volunteers (“Skillanthropists") with proven and promising local job creators ("Fast Runners") to help them break through the barriers to growth and job creation.

We can document the impact. Businesses that work with Bpeace Skillanthropists perform better than their local economies—averaging 20% job growth and 20% revenue growth even in countries where the GDP growth is less than 3%. These jobs stabilize families and communities, cutting the oxygen to violence and migration.

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    MEET A TYPICAL BPEACE FAST RUNNER

    When Dalia (left) launched InHouse Print in El Salvador, her offset and digital printing services were in high demand. Then she reached a plateau.

    Enter Bpeace. We diagnosed Dalia’s growth barriers and matched her with three Skillanthropists. Angela Scalpello (right) worked with Dalia to develop and implement an HR program that raised expectations for employees, while still maintaining Dalia’s commitment to “nice” in the workplace. Two other Skillanthropists helped Dalia develop a sales strategy and fine-tune her production processes.

    Today, Dalia has grown the number of employees by 107%, improved quality, and increased production capacity by 300%. And InHouse Print is still a “nice” place to work.

As a chef, Mariela Saravia (in white coat) had a dream to delight people with tasty food. After a few twists and turns in her career, she began producing artisan chips.

Mariela asked Bpeace to find her a volunteer expert to review her production processes and identify opportunities to achieve improvements in costs, quality, delivery and waste reduction. We matched her with Isabel Echeverria, a San Francisco-based Six Sigma Black Belt and Scrum Master.

Today, Mariela provides employment for 15 Guatemalans, mostly women. The multiplier effect of her branded sweet potato, taro, cassava, malanga and plantains chips extends to rural areas. Luachips is now a bridge between responsible farmers and Mariela’s customers seeking a delicious, natural and healthy gourmet snack.

2019 REGIONS OF FOCUS

Lebanon

In collaboration with Endeavor Lebanon, Bpeace is advising Lebanese businesses, providing tailored consulting to scale and accelerate innovation, growth and job creation. These entrepreneurs are transforming their communities, creating quality jobs in Lebanon, and inspiring future generations of founders. With Dutch NGO SPARK, Bpeace is mentoring nearly 20 young women, the majority of whom are Syrian refugees attending college on scholarship in Lebanon. The large influx of Syrian refugees escaping violence has increased the workforce in Lebanon by approximately 50%, resulting in unemployment rates reaching 20% among Lebanese and refugees alike.

Guatemala

Even as Guatemala begins to stabilize, violence and extortion by gangs are still key issues. Gang-related violence is an important factor prompting people, including unaccompanied youth, to leave the country. The portfolio of businesses our Skillanthropists advise is concentrated in the food processing, technology, manufacturing and services industries.

El Salvador

El Salvador remains one of the deadliest countries in the world outside war zones. Turf wars between gangs drive violence and perpetuate inequality and insecurity. In partnership with USAID, Bpeace Skillanthropists are advising significant job creators in the following sectors: technology, pharmaceuticals, medical, construction, and warehousing and logistics services.

The Shared Skills of Bpeace Volunteers
 create Sustainable Change

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Select Fast Runner Businesses

In our regions of focus, we identify business owners motivated to create jobs.
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Define Priority Needs for Growth

For each local business, Bpeace staff conducts a position analysis that includes a strategic framework and growth priorities.
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Match the Volunteer to the Challenge

We recruit volunteer experts with specific knowledge and skills, or U.S. Host Companies in targeted industries.
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Deliver Pro Bono Consulting

With defined scopes of work, volunteers advise businesses remotely or by traveling.
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Generate Revenue and Job Growth

The intended outcome is more sustainable local businesses, generating increased community employment.
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Spark a Continual Multiplier Effect

Jobs boost family purchasing, which lifts other businesses, increases community prosperity and lessens violence.
Nicholas Kristof of The New York Times says:

Nicholas Kristof of The New York Times says:

Bpeace is one impressive force for change.

A HIGH ROI (RETURN ON YOUR INVOLVEMENT)

The Business Council for Peace has delivered:

in pro bono consulting by Bpeace Skillanthropists

long-distance Virtual Mentors

Traveling Mentors

U.S. Host Company visits


Creating sustainable impact:

local businesses strengthened

average job growth

average revenue growth

Salvadoran, Guatemalan and Afghan family members benefiting from jobs created


With current support from:

Thunderbird for Good

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3D Consulting (Afghanistan)

Agexport (Guatemala)

Technoserve (El Salvador)

Fusades (El Salvador)

Cámara de Comercio e Industria de El Salvador

Voces Vitales (El Salvador)

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