Candidate submissions will be accepted until 1 November 2021

Together with its partners at the International Chamber of Commerce, Principles for Responsible Investment, United Nations Development Programme, and United Nations Global Compact, the Business for Peace Foundation is now seeking candidates for the 2022 Oslo Business for Peace Award.

The Award aims to highlight ethical and responsible business practices, and is the highest distinction given to a business leader who exemplifies outstanding businessworthy behaviour and accomplishments, creating value both for business and society.

There are three evaluation criteria:

  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 andcreate value for both business and society

  3. Having earned trust by 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.

Previous Award winners include: Dr. James Mwangi (Equity Bank), Felicitas Pantoja (Coffee for Peace), Hamdi Ulukaya (Chobani), Lori Blaker (TTi Global), Paul Polman (Unilever), Sarah Beydoun (Sarah’s Bag), Edgar Montenegro (Corpocampo), Durreen Shahnaz (Impact Investment Exchange) and many more.

Candidates are nominated through a global, bottom-up process through the Oslo-based Foundation’s global partners. Then, Honourees are selected by an independent committee consisting of Nobel Laureates in peace and economics. Current committee members are: Ouided Bouchamaoui, Leymah Gbowee, Finn Kydland and Eric Maskin.

How to nominate a candidate

Help us celebrate businessworthy leaders and nominate a candidate for the 2022 Award. Nominations can be submitted online through our website:

Deadline to nominate a candidate is 1 November, 2021. Winners of the 2022 Oslo Business for Peace Award will be announced in spring 2022 and Honourees will be presented with the Award in a public ceremony at Oslo City Hall on 19 May 2022.

Bettina Reinboth, Director of Human Rights and Social Issues, PRI, said: “The PRI is very pleased to be a nominating partner alongside the United Nations Development Program and the International Chamber of Commerce for the 2022 Oslo Business for Peace Award. Leadership from individuals in the business community which creates value for both business and society is tremendously important, and we applaud the outstanding calibre of leadership this Award recognises and celebrates. Alongside our partners, we look forward to receiving the 2022 nominations from the private sector globally across a wide variety of backgrounds and industries.”

About the Business for Peace Foundation

Business for Peace is an international foundation based in Oslo that aims to support, inspire, and recognise global business leaders who are positively changing the face of business. At the centre of the Foundation’s activities is the annual Oslo Business for Peace Award, conferred to exceptional individuals who exemplify the Foundation’s concept of being businessworthy: ethically and responsibly creating value both for both business and society. Through the recognition of these individuals, the Foundation’s mission is to unlock the positive power of business to achieve peace and prosperity.

Quotes from our Honourees

“It was a great honour to be recognised by the Business for Peace Foundation, which recognises that businesses have profound responsibilities to all our stakeholders, including our communities and our planet.” - Marc Benioff, 2020 Honouree and CEO of Salesforce

“Businesses are one of the most powerful and influential players, if not the most powerful and influential, whose decisions and actions determine the economic justice or injustice, as well as the ecological redemption or destruction, facing humanity and our planet right now. Businesses ought to be mindful of the responsibility to bring economic-ecological justice and harmony among human societies.” - “Joji” Felicitas Pantoja, 2020 Honouree and CEO of Coffee for Peace

“We business leaders need to step up to our responsibility to build back better economies through our business where everyone is valued and is an equal participant.” - Durreen Shahnaz, 2017 Honouree and CEO of Impact Investment Exchange

“As CEO’s, we don’t need to have more, we need to do more. When we have tools and resources to solve problems, we have to use them.” - Hamdi Ulukaya, 2019 Honouree and CEO of Chobani

“Businesses have a vital role in driving more inclusive growth. It is together that we will build great things and create a fair and equitable recovery in the wake of his pandemic.” - Alice Laugher, 2019 Honouree and CEO of CTG

“Being a Business for Peace Award Winner was one of the most meaningful acknowledgments I have ever received. To me it signified that one can pursue being a successful business owner and a humanitarian. The two can go hand in hand and should.” - Lori Blaker, 2018 Honouree & CEO of TTi Global