Americas Society and Council of the Americas (AS / COA) conducted a safety review focused on the role of the private sector.
The discussion focuses on why and how companies should participate in efforts to reduce gun violence.
As the briefing points out repeatedly, public security and violence prevention are ultimately the responsibility of the state. Still, the reality is that, especially in extremely poor areas where the state has long been absent, a corporation may end up being the most significant — if not the only — provider of services such as health, education, and job training. This could give local communities unreasonably high expectations of what to expect from a private-sector social initiative, and could help contribute to ill feeling against the company if these expectations are not met.