Conflict-sensitive business practice: Engineering contractors and their clients

Contractors operating in unstable states face a range of conflict risks. Oil, gas and mining projects, which frequently have significant contractor involvement, can inadvertently trigger or sustain violence, or become the focus of resentment themselves. Large-scale infrastructure developments including major roads, bridges, dams and other energy generating projects can similarly lead to upheaval and tension and be the subject of social grievance. Produced in partnership with Engineers Against Poverty, this guidance note is for engineering contractors and their clients. It examines some key issues related to conflict, contractors and conflict sensitivity, and introduces conflict-sensitive business practice (CSBP) – steps through which these issues can be understood and managed.