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Introducing the Oslo Climate Leadership Declaration

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The Declaration aims to accelerate climate action by the private sector, in support of the Paris Agreement. It calls on businesses to set greenhouse gas reduction targets in line with climate science.

 

Were you unable to attend the Launch of the Declaration? Watch the event here

 

“Setting science-based targets is a great way for businesses to future-proof growth and boost their competitive advantage in the transition to a low-carbon economy. It also sends a powerful signal to global governments that business is aligning strategy with the Paris Agreement, opening the way for us all to move further, faster on the ambition of the Agreement,” says Paul Simpson, CEO of CDP, one of the partners of the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi).

 

Signatories commit to engaging with the SBTi, and to promoting the adaptation of this process in their value chain and sector. The Declaration will raise awareness of the considerable effort already undertaken by many businesses, while also recruiting new SBTi participants.

 

The launch of the Declaration is the opening event of this year’s Business for Peace Summit in Oslo. From May 15-16, participants will examine the theme Building Trust – Accelerating Climate Leadership. Globally recognised thought and business leaders will share their experiences and ideas for advancing climate action.

 

Christiana Figueres, considered one of the key architects of the Paris Agreement, will deliver the Keynote address at the launch. In her present role as Convener for Mission 2020, Figueres works to rally the world to meeting the ‘peak emissions by 2020’ goal. “There is no doubt that the private sector is going to play a huge role … It is the private sector that has the technology, the capital, the know-how, the ingenuity to actually get us there,” Figueres says.

 

The foundation has partnered with We Mean Business in developing the Declaration. The text is the result of consultations with stakeholders, including the foundation’s nominating partners. We invite your company to join the Oslo Climate Leadership Declaration, to showcase your contribution and to help recruit other businesses to this critical effort.

 

Text of the Oslo Climate Leadership Declaration:

 

I agree that business and investors must take action now to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement.

To prevent the worst effects of climate change, I understand we need to move to peak global emissions by 2020 and towards net zero emissions by 2050.

I am committed to setting and implementing science-based targets in my business, in alignment with the Paris Agreement, and to ensuring a just transition for communities and workers affected by the move to a low carbon world. I call on my peers within our sector and our value chain to do the same. I commit to working actively with other businesses, as well as city governments, investors and policy makers, to bring about the businessworthy changes needed, and to use my leadership voice to advocate the public policy required to make this a reality.

As a Signatory to this Declaration, I recognise that we can, we must, and we will tackle climate change in a sustainable manner.

 

To engage with the Oslo Climate Leadership Declaration, read more here.

Join the launch of the declaration in person and register here.

 

For more information:
Stein Leikanger
ocld@businessforpeace.org

 

Announcing the 2018 Oslo Business for Peace Award Winners

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Announcing the 2018 Oslo Business for Peace Award winners

Three global business leaders win 2018 Oslo Business for Peace Award for their peacebuilding work in conflict zones, championing gender equality, and tackling climate change. Business for Peace is pleased to announce the winners of the 2018 Oslo Business for Peace Award: Lori Blaker, President and CEO of TTi Global, Edgar Montenegro, Founder and CEO of Corpocampo, and Martin Naughton, Founder of Glen Dimplex Group.

 

Photo: Martin Naughton, Lori Blaker, and Edgar Montenegro.

 

Lori Blaker (United States) champions inclusion and gender equality as core values at TTi Global, a staffing, recruiting, and consulting firm operating on five continents with over 2000 employees. Blaker is recognized for her business performance not only in the United States but in developing economies such as India and Afghanistan. In 2016, Blaker opened a retail Automotive Service Center and Training Center in Kabul, creating much-needed job opportunities in a challenging environment. Notably, the facility employs both men and women. Blaker developed a special training program for local women to learn management skills in an industry they would traditionally be barred from, which is just one example of her commitment to making positive change through business.

Edgar Montenegro (Colombia) founded Corpocampo in 2003 with the aim of using food production to build sustainable communities. The Colombian Pacific Coast region has long been affected by the country’s internal conflict, leading to widespread poverty, violence, and illegal coca crop production. Montenegro wanted to improve peoples’ lives by providing a legal and reliable source of income. His company specialises in the production and distribution of acai berries and palm hearts, with all products deriving from sustainable farming practices. Operating in several locations in Colombia, Montenegro works closely with local Afro-Colombian communities and indigenous people. Corpocampo has provided jobs for over 240 female-headed households, impacting over 1,300 families. Montenegro is recognized for his courageous achievements proving how the private sector can build peace by identifying business opportunities that help marginalised groups become more resilient.

Martin Naughton, KBE (Ireland) has grown Glen Dimplex Group from seven employees in 1973 to becoming Ireland’s largest privately-owned manufacturing business and one of the world’s leading manufacturers of domestic appliances. During the turbulent years of the Northern Ireland conflict, Naughton promoted and supported business on both sides of the border, including negotiating cross-
border trade. Naughton also played a significant role in establishing a corporate department on renewable and low-carbon solutions for heating, cooling, and ventilation, taking an active role in tackling climate change. Naughton receives the Award for his inspiring efforts to promote the role of the private sector in contributing to peace and environmental sustainability.

About the Award
The Oslo Business for Peace Award is given out annually to exemplary business leaders who apply their business energy ethically and responsibly, creating economic and societal value. Winners are selected by an independent committee of Nobel Prize winners in Peace and in Economics after a global nomination process through the International Chamber of Commerce, United Nations Global Compact, United Nations Development Programme, and Principles for Responsible Investment. The Award Committee consists of Ouided Bouchamaoui (Tunisia), Shirin Ebadi (Iran), Leymah Gbowee (Liberia), Finn Kydland (Norway), and Eric Maskin (USA). The committee evaluated the nominees on the criteria of being a role model to society and their peers, having earned trust by stakeholders, and standing out as an advocate.

Upcoming Award Ceremony

The three winners will receive the Award in a ceremony at Oslo City Hall on May 16, 2018 as part of the annual Business for Peace Summit.

Contact: Alison Uttley, Communication Director, at alison@businessforpeace.org

2018 Business for Peace Award Honourees Announced

 

Did you miss the March 20 livestream announcement from Oslo City Hall? Catch it again here!

 

 

The 2018 Oslo Business for Peace Honourees are:

 

Each year, Business for Peace recognises exceptional global business leaders who exemplify the Foundation’s concept of being businessworthy by ethically creating economic value that also creates value for society. Honourees are selected by an independent committee of Nobel Prize winners in Peace and in Economics after a global nomination process through the International Chamber of Commerce, United Nations Global Compact, United Nations Development Programme, and Principles for Responsible Investment.

 


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Lori Blaker (United States)
CEO of TTi Global

Lori Blaker champions inclusion and gender equality as core values at TTi Global, a staffing, recruiting, and consulting firm operating on five continents with over 2000 employees.  Blaker is recognized for her business performance not only in the United States but in developing economies such as India and Afghanistan. In 2016, Blaker opened a retail Automotive Service Center and Training Center in Kabul, creating much-needed job opportunities in a challenging environment. Notably, the facility employs both men and women. Blaker developed a special training program for local women to learn management skills in an industry they would traditionally be barred from, which is just one example of her commitment to making positive change through business.

 “Businesses can be crucial in identifying issues and challenges in their communities both socially and economically,” said Blaker. “It’s important, especially in today’s political climate, that we use this knowledge to drive change and growth in our world. To me, this recognition is a validation of the effort and conviction that TTi Global has indeed been on the right path.”

 

 

 

 
Edgar Montenegro HeadshotEdgar Montenegro (Colombia)
Founder and CEO of Corpocampo

Edgar Montenegro founded Corpocampo in 2003 with the aim of using food production to build sustainable communities. The Colombian Pacific Coast region has long been affected by the country’s internal conflict, leading to widespread poverty, violence, and illegal coca crop production. Montenegro wanted to improve peoples’ lives by providing a legal and reliable source of income. His company specialises in the production and distribution of acai berries and palm hearts, with all products deriving from sustainable farming practices. Operating in several locations in Colombia, Montenegro works closely with local Afro-Colombian communities and indigenous people. Corpocampo has provided jobs for over 240 female-headed households, impacting over 1,300 families. Montenegro is recognized for his courageous achievements proving how the private sector can build peace by identifying business opportunities that help marginalised groups become more resilient.

 “I am proud of the work we have been doing for several years in Corpocampo,” said Montenegro. “It is very gratifying to be recognised for the work we do in places where the situation of poverty and insecurity is very different to the one in the capital. Although it is often difficult to do business in the middle of the jungle due to the lack of infrastructure and the presence of armed groups and drug traffickers, we know that what we do in Corpocampo ensures the well-being of 1,300 families and we have a very big commitment to them.”

 

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Martin Naughton, KBE (Ireland)
Founder of Glen Dimplex Group

Martin Naughton has grown Glen Dimplex Group from seven employees in 1973 to becoming Ireland’s largest privately-owned manufacturing business and one of the world’s leading manufacturers of domestic appliances. During the turbulent years of the Northern Ireland conflict, Naughton promoted and supported business on both sides of the border, including negotiating cross-border trade. Naughton also played a significant role in establishing a corporate department on renewable and low-carbon solutions for heating, cooling, and ventilation, taking an active role in tackling climate change. Naughton receives the Award for his inspiring efforts to promote the role of the private sector in contributing to peace and environmental sustainability.

“I am honoured and humbled to have been recognised by Business for Peace for this award,” said Naughton. “Throughout my life in business as founder of Glen Dimplex Group, I have been fortunate to have been able to play my part in effecting positive societal change. As we approach the 20th  anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement, I am reminded that we must  continue to work to maintain peace on both sides of the Irish border. Similarly, we must redouble our efforts to tackle climate change and promote environmental sustainability.”

 

2018 Honouree Award Committee Justifications

We are looking for Volunteers for the Business for Peace Summit

Business for Peace 2016.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All the Business for Peace employees were super helpful, giving me extra information and guidance throughout the event!

Roberta, 2017 Volunteer

 

We worked in a nice atmosphere and were allowed to listen to all the discussions, which was great.

Anna, 2017 Volunteer

 

I felt included, valuable and appreciated by the Foundation!

Ulla, 2017 Volunteer

Business for Peace is now looking for enthusiastic, talented volunteers, to be part of planning and execution of the Business for Peace Summit in Oslo on 15-16 May 2018.

The Business for Peace Foundation seeks to unlock the positive power of business in society and inspire a higher form of capitalism. Our vision is that all business leaders have as their purpose to improve society. This requires being businessworthy – to create value both for business and society in an ethical and responsible way.

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Volunteers

We are now looking to create a team of enthusiastic individuals who believe that with good planning and lots of energy, we can make the Summit a truly excellent experience. The time requirement will be the equivalent of 2-3 working days ahead of the Summit and then 48 hours of maximum efforts during the Summit in Oslo. We offer exciting volunteering positions with the opportunity to engage with some of the world’s leading thinkers and practitioners on business and sustainability, as well as to contribute to a more sustainable business world. Find out more about the Summit 2017 here and the program of the Summit 2018 here.

Business for Peace 2016.

Your tasks might include:

  • Guide and support our VIP guests (Award winners, Nobel laureates and others) throughout the Summit and Award Ceremony
  • Guest registration for Summit and Award Ceremony
  • Work in a Social Media team
  • Support speakers, guests and participants with relevant information and many other hands-on things, as required!

Business for Peace 2016.

You should be:

  • Familiar with Oslo and its facilities (either based in Oslo or have lived here)
  • Reliable, friendly, professional and proactive
  • Have good communication skills
  • Comfortable working both within a group and independently
  • Have a flexible attitude and an ability to handle varied tasks
  • Enjoy working with different people from all walks of life
  • Have excellent time management skills, for both arriving on time and for completing assigned tasks
  • Computer literate and comfortable with the main Microsoft Office tools
  • Enjoy a fast-paced environment and quick turnarounds

Business for Peace 2016.

What Business for Peace offers:

At its heart, we offer an opportunity to make a difference and be part of building a global movement for change. However, we realise that this may not always be enough so we also throw in the following:

  • Build new job market skills and strengthen existing ones
  • A written testimonial at the end of the volunteer period
  • Work with an experienced team of professionals who can provide constructive feedback and career advice
  • Listen to and, to some extent, interact with leading speakers and thinkers on sustainability
  • All direct costs covered, subject to approval by the Foundation
  • And on top of this, we will arrange a special celebration for our volunteers when the Summit is over

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Please send us an email for further information and how to apply.

 Contact person:

 Agnete Anisdahl

agnete@businessforpeace.org

Application deadline: Tuesday, 20 March 2018

 

We look forward to hearing from you!

Christiana Figueres to 2018 Summit

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Christiana Figueres

Forging a new brand of collaborative diplomacy, Christiana Figueres spent six years working for the UN as the Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, and was one of the key architects of the Paris Agreement.

Christiana is now leading Mission 2020, a global initiative to bring “new urgency” to the “global climate conversation”. If the world is to avoid surpassing 2C by 2100, the emissions must peak before 2020 and then begin to rapidly decline – this means that the window of being able to change the course is very narrow. Private sector plays a significant role in reducing emissions and Figueres underlines the business opportunity that lies in taking climate leadership.

There is no doubt that the private sector is going to play a huge role (…) It is the private sector that has the technology, the capital, the know-how, the ingenuity to actually get us there. (Christiana Figueres)

 

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