Celebrate International Day of Peace: Nominate a candidate for the Oslo Business for Peace Award

  • 21 September 2017

As partners of the Oslo-based Business for Peace Foundation, the International Chambers of Commerce, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and UN Global Compact (UNGC), are now seeking candidates for the 2018 Oslo Business for Peace Awards.

The Award is the highest distinction given to a businessperson for outstanding “businessworthy” accomplishments – ethically and responsibly creating value both for company and society.

ICC and the World Chambers Federation announced the opening of nominations on International Peace Day during the closing ceremony of the 10th World Chambers Congress.

WCF Chair Peter Mihok said: “I ask for your help to identify leaders who you think demonstrate commitment to placing business at the heart of society. You are well placed to do this, and as a supporting partner of the Oslo Business for Peace Awards, I invite you to submit your nominations via the Business for Peace website.”

Per L. Saxegaard, Founder and Chair of the Business for Peace Foundation said: “To sustain successfully in business, leaders are increasingly promoting a businessworthy culture. The stories of our Honourees – business leaders who choose to lead their businesses in a businessworthy manner – deserve to be shared and celebrated.

Honourees are selected by an independent committee comprising Nobel Laureates in peace and economics, after a global bottom-up nomination process through the Foundation’s global partners.

ICC leverages its global network to seek candidates who 1) act as role models for society and their peers; 2) stand out as advocates for responsible and ethical business conduct, and; 3) have earned trust by their stakeholders.

“Since our inception, we have played a key role in promoting responsible business conduct the world over,” said ICC Secretary General John Danilovich. “Too often we see the debate on the role of the private sector in society framed in terms of how to minimize the negative impacts of business. This emphasis needs to shift to how companies are an essential part of the solution to the big issues facing the world today.”

Previous honourees include Elon Musk (Tesla and SolarCity), Paul Polman (Unilever), Marilyn Carlson Nelson (Carlson Companies) Richard Branson (Virgin Group) and Sarah Beydoun (Sarah’s Bag). The Award has been dubbed the Nobel Prize in business by international media.

2017 Honouree Murad Al-Katib said: “As the first Canadian to be an Honouree for the Oslo Business for Peace Award, it is particularly meaningful to be recognized. Awards like the Oslo Business for Peace Award truly show that business can be about more than dollars – that it can impact and change society and people’s lives in a positive way.”

Business for Peace is a global foundation based in Oslo, Norway, that is committed to redefining the concept of success in business by promoting an evolved form of capitalism. The Oslo Business for Peace Award is given annually to exceptional business leaders who exemplify the concept of being businessworthy – leaders working ethically and responsibly to create value both for company and society. Through the recognition of these individuals, the Foundation’s mission is to unlock the positive power of business for the benefit of peace and prosperity.

Honourees are selected by an independent committee consisting of Nobel Laureates in peace and economics. Current members of the committee include: Shirin Ebadi, Finn Kydland, Ouided Bouchamaoui, Leymah Gbowee and Eric Maskin.

We invite you to nominate a candidate for the 2018 Business for Peace Award.

The deadline to receive nominations online is 21 November 2017 and winners will be recognized at an award ceremony to take place in Oslo City Hall on 16 May 2018.