Past Business for Peace Summits

Spotlight Series: Rethinking Systems of Decent Work (2021)

In 2021, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the annual Summit was not able to take place as usual. However, important, cross-sector conversations and action still needed to occur, perhaps more than ever before.

In lieu of a physical Summit, the Foundation hosted a three-day, online Spotlight Series focusing on Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 8: Decent Work and Inclusive Economic Growth.

We examined our shared objective to rebuild better systems of work, looked at ways to improve visibility for marginalised groups and explored how to turn challenges into opportunities with the SDGs as a roadmap. We heard from expert panelists and global leaders whose experience at local, national, regional and international levels all help guide the way forward. 

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Navigating in a World of Imbalance (2019)

We live in an imbalanced world. New challenges are arising at an unprecedented pace. The Business for Peace Summit 2019 explored different dimensions of global imbalances, including the roles that technology and investment can play, all with the objective to identify tangible actions for business leaders to find pathways for more inclusive and sustainable growth.

The Summit brought together experts from finance, technology, human rights, media, futurism, diplomacy, the United Nations and more to have cross-sector conversations. The result was a deeper understanding of the challenges involved in driving an inclusive and prosperous future for all, as well as what actions business leaders, investors and consumers can take.

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Building Trust: Accelerating Climate Leadership (2018)

The Business for Peace Summit 2018 explored the power of building trust to accelerate climate leadership. The challenge ahead is rife with opportunities where businesses can thrive by embracing sustainability. But how equipped are today’s leaders to influence the massive shifts that are needed? How can today’s business leaders build the trust needed to progress both sustainably and with the support needed from government and society?

These questions were explored throughout this year’s Summit, with contributions from thought leaders in climate science, finance, energy, food, and public sectors. This report showcases the different events and summarises the ideas and discussions held at the 2018 Summit. We hope that this report will increase understanding about our planet’s current situation, through the opportunities and the tough decisions we face ahead.

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Brundtland +30: Breakthrough Ideas for Future-proofing the Global Economy (2017)

2017 marks the 30-year anniversary for the report, “Our Common Future”, published by the World Commission on Environment and Development, led by Dr Gro Harlem Brundtland.

The world has come a long way over the past 30 years, but we have still not come far enough. We have significantly reduced poverty, but we are in an era of stunting wealth and increased wealth inequality. We have achieved increased life expectancy and greater gender equality, but we live in a world characterised by political turbulence, conflicts and war, climate change and waste generation. Business as usual is simply not good enough.

The Business for Peace Summit 2017 gathered leaders from business, politics and society on the topic of how to future-proof our economies, societies and business models. Three essential tools for future-proofing are: Leadership, technology and financial capital.

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Moving Towards the Global Goals: Business as a Problem Solver (2016)

Building a sustainable and peaceful world depends on business stepping up – both through daily activities and through the voice of business leaders. The Business for Peace Foundation identifies, celebrates and rewards leaders who do exactly this – create value for both business and society and thus act ‘businessworthy’.

In 2016, the Business for Peace Honourees came together and launched the Businessworthy Pledge, highlighting their personal commitment to work towards achieving the SDGs and being businessworthy. They and we all hope that this will trigger the Pledge to be made by other business leaders worldwide.

The 2016 Business for Peace Summit opened with an Honouree Symposium where 20 Business for Peace Honourees, lead by Arif Naqvi of The Abraaj Group and Paul Polman of Unilever, convened on the subject of how individual business leaders can and should engage with the SDGs. This was followed by 178 leaders from across sectors and 36 countries joining roundtable discussions on the SDGs, and the Award Ceremony in the Oslo City Hall.

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How Can Sustainability be a Driver of Value Creation? (2015)

The Oslo Business for Peace Roundtable was held for the second time as part of the ninth Oslo Business for Peace Summit on May 6, 2015.

More than 160 leaders from the political, corporate, civil society and investment worlds (representing over 1 trillion Euros) gathered to discuss the business value of sustainability.

The roundtable was opened by Norway’s Prime Minister Erna Solberg and consisted of five parts going through the investment value chain. Polls captured the views of the participants on selected questions. Anne Jorun Aas, Business for Peace, was the host for the day.

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The New Imperative: Creating Shared Value (2014)

How can political and business leaders join forces on shared value?

On the 15th May, 100 top leaders representing the ownership in companies with more than 2 million jobs participated in the roundtables to discuss and trigger action on these and other key questions.

Eradicating extreme poverty is not possible without the role of private sector and business. Governments must work together with businesses. Incentives are key in reaching the UN Millennium Goals and the two-degree temperature target. A global carbon tax is needed, but the process does not have sufficient momentum. As a minimum, incentives for the reverse behaviour must be removed. 

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Business in Fragile Environments (2013)

The 2013 Oslo Business for Peace Award will mark the seventh Summit for our Foundation, and this year we have chosen to focus on ‘Business in Fragile Environments’. Companies are often seen to be prospering at the expense of the broader community; hence they may contribute to further instability in already fragile environments.

We believe it is important to highlight how business can work together with stakeholders in a society to promote the building of trust, leading to stability and peace. At this year’s Summit, we will explore this topic in the Keynote address given by Dr. Ibrahim Abouleish (Business for Peace Honouree 2012) and in the subsequent panel debate. Most importantly however, we will shine light on the five 2013 Oslo Business for Peace Honourees, who have all demonstrated that it is possible to create sustainable long-term success of benefit to both their businesses, societies where they operate and to themselves. 

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The Essences of Trust in Business Today (2012)

The 2012 Oslo Business for Peace Award will mark the sixth Summit for our Foundation.

Since 2007, the world has come to see business in a new light, demanding greater accountability from businesses. The financial crisis of 2008, followed by the Occupy movement and economic unrest, have made the public better aware of the role played by business in society. In response, numerous businesses around the world have given clear proof of their willingness to engage society as partners, in developing shared value between business and society. We find this encouraging, while realizing that much work remains to be done.

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Business as an Instrument of Peace (2011)

Peace Through Trade: New Times (2010) 

The World in Recession: A call for more Ethically Aware Capitalism? (2009)

Globalisation: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly? (2008)

Peace and Stability Through Trade (2007)