About the Award

The mission of Business for Peace is to recognise, inspire, and accelerate businessworthy leadership. We recognise businessworthy leadership via our annual Oslo Business for Peace Award. Each year, recipients are selected by an independent committee of Nobel Prize Laureates in Peace and Economics in closed-door sessions. The Award is conferred annually to the exceptional individuals who exemplify the Foundation’s concept of being businessworthy: ethically creating economic value that also creates value for society. Past Honourees represent leaders of diverse industries worldwide.

We welcome you to read more about the Business for Peace Award Committee, and the previous recipients of the Business for Peace Award.

The Business for Peace statuette is made by sculptor Bruce Naigles. Read more about his art on his website, including the process behind making the statuette, as told to Hélène Kolmodin from ICC

The Award Criteria

The Oslo Business for Peace Award is presented annually to businesspersons who are outstandingly promoting the interdependent relationship between business and peace, through their businessworthy actions.

Being businessworthy is to apply your business energy ethically and responsibly with the purpose of creating economic value, as well as value for society.

The Oslo Business for Peace Award aims to highlight ethical and responsible business practices, and the commitment of business leaders as individuals to creating long-term success of benefit to their businesses and society. The independent Award Committee evaluates the Nominees according to three criteria for being businessworthy established by the Business for Peace Foundation:

1. Being a role model to society and their peers
The Nominee is acting as a role model to the general public and the business community by showing how to achieve long term success by being businessworthy.

2. Standing out as an advocate
The Nominee is an outspoken advocate for the importance of ethical and responsible business, seeking to solve problems that create value for both business and society; i.e. being businessworthy.

3. Having earned the trust of stakeholders
The Nominee has earned recognition and appreciation as a business leader by stakeholders in the communities within which the business is developed and cultivated over time.

Our Honourees are awarded both for their past contributions to society, but also as future role models for other business leaders. If negative allegations or facts about our Honourees arise, the Foundation has established a procedure in which a separate commission will be tasked to research the matter and report their findings to the Board of the Foundation. The Board will consider the report and if required give its recommendation to the Award Committee, which will take appropriate measures according to the statutes of the Award.