Bpeace (the Business Council for Peace) is an international nonprofit coalition of courageous, committed, optimistic business leaders. We believe that the best hope for long-term peace in crisis-affected communities is more jobs and the economic empowerment of women.

Bpeace’s business volunteers, we call them Skillanthropists, provide pro bono business advice on-site and remotely to small-business owners in El Salvador, Guatemala and the United States. Because of travel restrictions necessitated by Covid-19, in 2020 most of this advisory is provided remotely..

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

ABOUT BPEACE

There are currently 400+ Skillanthropists from 14 countries signed on with Bpeace as volunteer business experts. They generously donate their skills and knowledge to help businesses in these countries grow, create jobs, become more profitable and secure a future for their workers and communities.

We can document the impact. Businesses that work with Bpeace Skillanthropists perform better than their local economies. These jobs stabilize families and communities.

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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.

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.

2019 REGIONS OF FOCUS

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.

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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