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The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) has congratulated the 2016 honourees of the Oslo Business for Peace Award which were announced today in a ceremony held to coincide with International Women’s Day.

John Danilovich, ICC Secretary General said: “The Oslo Business for Peace Award is a vital recognition of global business leaders who unlock the positive power of business for the benefit of peace and prosperity.

“By accelerating the development of ethical business practices, this year’s honourees clearly show how responsible business conduct can play a central role in improving the state of the world and facilitating the implementation of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals,” he added.

By accelerating the development of ethical business practices, this year’s honourees clearly show how responsible business conduct can play a central role in improving the state of the world and facilitating the implementation of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

The 2016 Honourees are:

  • Sarah Beydoun,who has built an international accessories business built on unique bags handmade in cooperation with prisoners and ex-prisoners in battle-scarred Lebanon;
  • Dr Jennifer Nkuene Ririafrom Nairobi, who runs a micro-finance company that has made a significant effort to empower low-income women and their families in Kenya;
  • Tore Lærdal,who through his company, Laerdal Medical, has manufactured modern resuscitation services and solutions that have helped save hundreds of thousands of lives.

During a high-level event held today, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark highlighted the role of female business leaders in driving positive societal change as she announced this year’s Business for Peace Honourees.

“This year’s winners are exceptional role models who exemplify how ethical and responsible business action can drive positive societal change,” said Clark in the press conference taking place at the Oslo City Hall.

The Award Ceremony will take place in Oslo City Hall on May 3 as part of the annual Business for Peace Summit. His Royal Highness Crown Prince Haakon will attend this year’s event.

Past Business for Peace awardees include Paul Polman, CEO of Unilever; Richard Branson, CEO of Virgin Group and Ouided Bouchamaoui, Nobel Prize winner and ICC Tunisia Honorary Chairman.

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