The Business Council for Peace (Bpeace) is the award-winning nonprofit that has mentored and developed women business leaders in six countries over the past 16 years. We have partnered with the U.S. Department of State and major corporations including PwC, McKinsey and Pimco. In historically violent communities, Bpeace identifies proven and promising job creators, especially women, then surrounds them with the advice they need to dramatically accelerate the growth of their businesses.
WHY BPEACE MATTERS
We envision a world where job creators who believe in women’s economic empowerment accelerate historically violent communities up the path to peace and prosperity. We envision a world made more peaceful by the creation of jobs, which provide dignity and economic stability as a powerful alternative to conflict.
More jobs mean less violence.®
How Bpeace Volunteers Create Impact
The Bpeace model unites high-quality business consulting by volunteers (Skillanthropists) with proven and promising local business leaders (Fast Runners) to help these businesses break through the barriers to growth and job creation. The Bpeace model produces substantial and sustainable change.
More than 50% of the small businesses we advise in El Salvador and Guatemala are women owned or led. Small businesses that participate in our program outperform their local economies—averaging 20% job growth and 20% revenue growth, even in countries where GDP growth is less than 3%. Permanent jobs give women a stronger economic voice and stabilize families, which stabilizes communities, reducing the breeding ground for gangs and terrorism.