VII Laboratorio de Economía de Paz

Organised by Gernika Gogoratuz and EhuGune, in collaboration with REAS Euskadi, Economistas sin Fronteras and the Coordinadora de ONGDS de Euskadi.

For the seventh consecutive year, Gernika Gogoratuz, Centro de Investigación por la Paz proposes this Laboratory as a space where the private sector, governments and administrations, universities and civil society share information, dialogue and reflect on an equal footing on the contribution of the Economy to Peace and the human rights performance of Basque companies and organisations.

There are presentations, framework reflections, diagnoses and horizontal dialogues.
In this edition, the plan is to discuss on topics such as:

  • Philosophical and anthropological approach to the Economy of Peace.
  • Economic policies for the sustainability of life.
  • Economic activity for peace-building, and examples.
  • The CSR policies of banks in the field of armaments.
  • New challenges for organisations in the field of HR.
  • Advances on binding legal regulations and due diligence processes.
  • Good practices and business cases: Business-NGO collaboration to guarantee the non-violation of HR.
  • Transition, alternatives and proposals for the future.


9:00-9:15 Opening

David Hoyos, coordinator of ehuGune, UPV-EHU.
Noemí Ostolaza,  director of  Human Rights, Victims and Coexistence of the Basque Government.
María Oianguren, director of Gernika Gogoratuz. Peace Research Centre.

9:15-10:15 Opening lecture:

“Ideas for an economy of peace: on hope and war inertia in contemporary culture”.

Remedios Zafra, Social and Cultural Anthropologist. Writer, teacher and essayist, specialist in the critical study of contemporary culture. She is a university lecturer and researcher at the Institute of Philosophy of the CSIC. She will make a philosophical approach to the Economy of Peace and its necessary attempts and proposals, from a critical reflection on the transformation of current forms of life and work mediated by technology under monetary forces and the depletion of the planet, and in the face of the need for care in the face of the hegemonies of confrontation and rivalry.

Economic activity for peacebuilding

10:15-11:00 Corporate Social Responsibility Policies in the field of banking armaments: Comparison and practices of responsible investment, disinvestment, transparency and control.

Jordi Calvo Rufanges, Coordinator and researcher at the Delàs Centre for Peace Studies (Catalonia).

11:00-11:45 Contributions of the financial sector to peacebuilding, practical examples and criteria for project financing.

Jordi Ibañez. Director of the Ethical Finance Foundation.

11:45-12:00 Coffee break

Human Rights and Basque Business Programme

12:00-12:45 Approval process, pros and cons of the new European Directive on corporate due diligence on human rights and sustainability.

Chiara Marullo, Professor/Doctor of the University Jaume I of Castellón.
Advisor to the platform of responsible companies.

12:45-13:30 Sectoral perspectives on Human Rights and Business in the Basque Country.

Public Administration: José Antonio Rodriguez Ranz, Deputy Minister for Human Rights, Memory and Cooperation of the Basque Government.
Business sector: Jone Nolte, Manager of ASLE, Agrupación de Sociedades Laborales de Euskadi.
Third sector: Natalia Rodríguez, Coordinator of NGDOs in the Basque Country.
Academic sector: Nerea Magallón, Globernance (Institute for Democratic Governance), Working Group on Business and Human Rights.

Presented by: Iker Atxa, Gernika Gogoratuz.

13:30-14:30 Horizontal dialogues: questions, reflections and contributions from the participants.

Irati Cifuentes, Economists Without Borders Euskadi and Iker Atxa, Gernika Gogoratuz

14:30 Summary of conclusions: sharing and closing.

Josu Urrutia. President of the Committee of NGDOs of the Basque Country.
Jokin Alberdi. UPV/EHU and President of Gernika Gogoratuz.


Free attendance upon registration.

More information
Iker Atxa – 94 625 35 58

Organised by

Gernika Gogoratuz

In partnership

Economistas sin fronteras
REAS Euskadi


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