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COVID-19 update: a letter from Marius

Dear Friends,

 

Like you, our team is adapting to a new mode of daily life in this global crisis. I hope that you and your loved ones are safe and well. 

 

I know that you are receiving many newsletters these days. I wanted to update you on Business for Peace’s plans and ask for you to join us in leading a united businessworthy response to the challenges we are all facing.

 

We will not be convening the Business for Peace Summit this 13-14 May in Oslo as originally planned. We hope to be able to gather with you in-person again soon, but none of us know exactly when this pandemic will be over.  As soon as our new plans start to take shape, we will be in touch. We are also delaying the announcement of the 2020 Oslo Business for Peace Award recipients. Our Award Committee has selected exceptional leaders to receive the award this year and we look forward to telling you about them in due time and celebrating them at our next Summit. 

 

Now more than ever, businessworthy leadership is required. The impact of this pandemic is unprecedented, affecting our health, lives, businesses and economies. The global business community must stand behind the efforts of governments and the World Health Organisation to manage the pandemic and re-build our societies and economies afterwards. I know this is an extremely challenging time for many businesses but it is also a time when we must stand by our values and support our employees, neighbours and the most vulnerable. Let us show determination, collaboration, solidarity and generosity. 

 

Over the coming weeks and months, our team will connect with you online as we all get through this together. 

 

Wishing you all the best.

 

Marius Døcker

Oslo Business for Peace Award statuette

Travel must be a part of the solution

Humans are explorers. Travel allows us to see the world in a different way and experience new things together. 

 

After the Business for Peace #FutureOf Travel event, attendees were left thinking about the convenience of travel compared to its environmental impact and how this may influence our decisions as consumers. Our pull to explore our world and learn more doesn’t have to be compromised, but various players in the industry need to do their part, too. How do companies incentivise sharing our personal car, for example, in order to reduce the number of cars on the road? 

 

 

We hosted this event to talk with industry professionals about what they are doing to combat the potential negative effects of travel. Therefore, our panel consisted of experts from a broad range of industries within the travel sector. It included Anders Fagernæs from Norwegian airline, Astrid Bergmål from Virke tourism association, and Ane Furu from Møller Mobility Group. Our moderator was author and founder of 12YEARS, Petter Gulli. 

Future of travel panel and moderator

Our panel: Astrid Bergmål, Anders Fagernæs, Petter Gulli, and Ane Furu. Photo: Trym Schade Warloe

The conversation started with an acknowledgement that effective and open cooperation within the industry needs to happen immediately. There must be a balance between environmental arguments and societal value. Fagernæs explained how “sustainability is a divisive topic. If we have to set goals together, I need to trust the person next to me, so it is important that we understand each other. I think we shouldn’t focus on travel as being bad. We need to look at the solutions.”

 

Our desire to explore the world certainly isn’t something to be ashamed of. As Bergmål put it: “People will always want to meet. We are explorers. Travel must be a part of the solution when it comes to [the Sustainable Development Goals]. We want to know other cultures, understand more, get to know people. It is the glue for many families.”

 

“It is easy to make excuses,” Bergmål says. “The footprint has to go down, and the emission has to be zero. By not travelling, we are taking away focus from the real solution.” Fagernæs argues that we are not flying more domestically, but tens of thousands of jobs in Norway alone require travel in their work. “Think about businesses and their livelihood. It is important to understand the impact and that we have to live with some environmental cost to make it work.” One-day business travel continues to increase. However, the more convenient something is, the less likely consumers are to seek out alternatives.

Panel debate underway

Astrid Bergmål, with Anders Fagernæs and Ane Furu in the background. Photo: Trym Schade Warloe

 

 

 

Yet there continues to be a high number of flights made available. If flights continue to be high-carbon contributors, then the solution needs to be sought elsewhere. Being flexible with shared solutions and relying on startups will bring new services that are tailored to people’s needs. Fagernæs admits that although aviation is only 2% of global emissions “we need to fly smarter, make use of the newest technology.” Would people choose trains more if trains were faster? Bergmål thinks so: “Politicians should work more on getting more train routes, domestic and international. Trains don’t go that often and it takes too long.” Stockholm-Oslo is today a six-hour journey, but plans are in the works for making this a mere four-hour connection. Securing a train route from Oslo to Copenhagen, for example, would make train travel to the rest of Europe even quicker.

 

Furu mentioned that in her own personal convenience scenario, she used to happily drive to work via car from her home in Grunerløkka, near Oslo’s city centre. However, once the local government made this everyday commute of hers into an inconvenience, she promptly looked for alternative solutions and started using public transit as an alternative travel solution.

 

Furu further points out that “More than 80% of the population is living in rural areas. We need to travel for our daily lives.” We therefore need to make sure that there are better ways to provide transport for people living in rural areas. Furu reiterates that it is important to think strategically about how to share assets and to utilise a fleet in an efficient way. This beneifts both business and consumer. “Remove friction from car sharing to make it more convenient. Norwegians don’t want to sit together when they travel, but we can reduce the boundaries for sharing assets.We need regulators to dedicate parking space.”

Ane Furu talking to Petter Gulli

Consumers have a responsibility as well. This responsibility mostly lies in pushing companies and legislators to solve the problem–and trusting them to follow through. “As a person I have my wallet and have my vote. As a consumer I can choose the smartest way to travel,” Fagernæs said.

 

Bergmål wants consumers to make businesses “Can we skype more? Should I take the train instead? I can organise my life to have more meetings in one destination?” Businesses need to think in terms of the everyday. This also lessens the pressure on the individual consumer, “rather than taking away someone’s holiday.”

 

The audience was interested in a breadth of recurring issues, more ideas, and solutions. Electric planes and city transit, for example. One question about batteries for electric vehicles, for example, asked whether the pollution from creating those batteries was justifiable. This is just the beginning of this discussion. The intriguing Q&A session, plus the panel talk in its entirety, can be found here:

 

People will and should continue to travel in the future. However, this travel needs to be smarter and more sustainable. We achieve this by utilising new as well as existing innovative solutions. These solutions ensure the future of our planet.

 

Thanks to everyone for coming out to participate! Photo: Trym Schade Warloe

Thanks to everyone for coming out to participate! Photo: Trym Schade Warloe

 

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It’s always a full house at MESH. Photo: Trym Schade Warloe

 

 

 

 

 

Cancelled Event: The Future of Oil

Dear friends,⁠

We have made the difficult decision to cancel the “Future of Oil” event scheduled for 24 March in light of precautions due to the COVID-19/Coronavirus. We feel a deep sense of responsibility to our community and therefore believe that cancelling this event now is the responsible thing to do.

 

The plan is to re-convene this same panel at a future date once the COVID-19 situation changes. Follow our Facebook page to be notified when the new date is scheduled. We appreciate that so many of you are interested in this conversation and look forward to hosting this event at a later date.

 

 

Photo: Trym Schade Warloe

Photo: Trym Schade Warloe

Join us on the 24th of March at this free event to hear from business leaders, travel policy experts, and civil society, including speakers:

– Adrian Falck, Advisor at Footprint (Moderator)

– Thina Saltvedt, Chief Analyst, Sustainable Finance at Nordea

– Stein Hernes, Vice President, Corporate Sustainability at Equinor

More speaker announcements coming soon!

It’s the latest #FutureOf talk series presented by Business for Peace and MESH. The event is free to attend, but donations to help cover the cost of the event can be made here.
Please RSVP to let us know you’ll be joining us: link here.

Programme

17:30-18:00 Doors open, come mingle and get settled
18:00-19:00 Talk and discussion

Stick around and continue the conversation

 

Stick around and continue the conversation
For updates on the latest events, sign up for the Business for Peace newsletter here.

The event is free to attend, but please RSVP on Eventbrite to let us know you will be joining us.

Join the event page on Facebook for ongoing updates.


 

Award Committee meets to select 2020 winners

Photo of the award statue

The Award Committee deliberates. Photo: Johannes Berg, Statue artist: Bruce Naigles

 

It was a businessworthy day in New York City on Monday. The 2020 gathering of our esteemed Award Committee members was a successful one.

After a hard day of discussion and reviewing many inspiring candidates, the Nobel Laureates in peace and economics have chosen this year’s winners of the Oslo Business for Peace Award.

 

Closed door meeting

The Award Committee deliberates. Photo: Johannes Berg

The Oslo Business for Peace Award Committee works independently of the Foundation when assessing nominated candidates. Each year, candidates are nominated through our global partners: International Chamber of Commerce, Principles for Responsible Investment, United Nations Global Compact, and United Nations Development Programme. The decision of the Committee members is final.

 

 

 

 

 

Our Award Committee consists of  Nobel prize winners in Economics and Peace, including one who has also received our Award.

Finn Kydland, member since 2014, is the winner of the Sveriges Riksbanks Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel 2004. He is also the Henley Professor of Economics at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Ouided Bouchamaoui, member since 2016, is the President of The Tunisian Confederation of Industry, Trade and Handicrafts (UTICA), and Business for Peace Honouree in 2014. UTICA is one of the four organisations that make up the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet, which was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2015.

Eric S. Maskin, member since 2017, is the Adams University Professor at Harvard. In 2007, he was awarded the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics (with L. Hurwicz and R. Myerson) for laying the foundations of mechanism design theory.

 

Leymah Gbowee, member since 2014, is a Peace Activist and Winner of the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize.

 

Group photo of the award committee members present

The Award Committee 2020 Meeting. Photo: Johannes Berg

 

The Committee bases their decision based on the Award criteria: being a role model to society and their peers, standing out as an advocate, and having earned the trust of stakeholders.

An announcement revealing who the 2020 Honourees are will take place in March. 


What does it mean to be businessworthy?

We asked our Award Committee members what it means to them to employ businessworthy behaviour in business leadership.

“The ability to a run successful business…but at the same time contributes to society in a bigger way.” -Eric Maskin

“It’s showing that the business community is involved in social and environmental matters, and also that we are concerned about the change happened.” -Ouided Bouchamaoui

“Doing business but with more emphasis on what the activities do for society.” -Finn Kydland

See the full video here:

Past Event: The #FutureOf Travel

Asking questions at MESH event

Future of Travel

 

Please note! This is a past event, and the information below was posted prior to the event.


In the age of climate change, our desire to see the world is contributing to its destruction. We’re all aware of the impact (hello flyskam), but the travel industry isn’t slowing down.

Can we innovate our way out of this challenge or do we have to re-think ethical travel? Does the responsibility lie with businesses, consumers, or policy makers? Join us for this discussion on what’s being planned for a sustainable future for us and the planet.

 

Join us the 26th of February as we speak to:

– Anders Fagernæs, Head of Sustainability at Norwegian

– Ane Furu, Head of New Mobility at Møllergruppen

– Astrid Bergmål, Head of Virke Reiseliv

Our moderator for this event is Petter Guilli.

 

It’s the latest #FutureOf talk series presented by Business for Peace and MESH.  The event is free to attend, but donations to help cover the cost of the event can be made here. 

Please RSVP to let us know you’ll be joining us: link here. 


 

Programme

 

17:30-18:00 Doors open, come mingle and get settled
18:00-19:00 Talk and discussion
19:00-late  Stick around and continue the conversation

For updates on the latest events, sign up for the Business for Peace newsletter here.

 

The event is free to attend, but please RSVP on Eventbrite to let us know you will be joining us.

 

Join the event page on Facebook for ongoing updates


About the Speakers

 

Anders Fagernæs

Anders’ education received his degree in economics and international relations from University of St Andrews and Copenhagen Business School. Prior to taking up the position as Head of Sustainability at Norwegian, he was a sustainability advisor for private sector companies, NGOs, and government institutions.

 

 

 

 

Astrid Bergmål headshotAstrid heads Virke Reiseliv, which is a member organisation covering the breadth of tourism: hotels, tour operators, and agencies. Astrid is active in the public debate on the development of Norwegian tourism, framework conditions and sustainable tourism, acting on behalf of members across the country.

 

 

 

 

 

Photo of Ane Furu

Ane Furu is the Head of New Mobility at Møller Mobility Group, developing and managing the Group’s new mobility strategy. Ane is also a Board Member in Urban Infrastructure Partner and Urban Sharing. 

 

 


Event image credits: Jørgen Øyehaug

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