chapter  8
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Assessing the case studies

WithNatalie Ralph, Mark Moody-Stuart, Per L. Saxegaard

This chapter begins with a general evaluation of the case studies, assessing the reasons why corporate actors took action, the level of involvement of extractive transnational corporations (TNC) and exactly how TNG representatives have actively participated in negotiations/mediation processes. It demonstrates that extractive and other TNCs have conducted successful peacemaking interventions. The case studies reveal that business sometimes worked alongside representatives of religious groups. Religious organisations are regularly the first to initiate peace talks. Extractive TNCs comprised many of the TNCs found in the case studies. Across the case studies, enlightened self-interest led business to take a strategic role in peace processes in order to stop the violence and improve the economy. In the case studies, corporate characteristics such as the company's investment structure and rationale for investment in a country were found to affect a company's ability and willingness to conduct peacemaking.