Are the world’s institutions running up a trust deficit? Geopolitical tensions are rising and supranational alliances disintegrating. Popular unrest against elites is surging, the pace of change, globalisation and automation challenge employees across countries and industries, while climate change is testing the boundaries between politics and business.



Society’s trust in key institutions – with business sharing the fate of governments, NGOs and media – has declined markedly over the last years. CEOs have a low credibility among the broader population, and are short of a key currency. At the same time, technology is offering new capabilities to build but also distort trust, which may demand new ways for business leaders to relate to their stakeholders.

Trust is firmly embedded in the mission of the Business for Peace Foundation. With trust as the overarching theme for the 2018 Summit, we will look at how business leaders can address the trust deficit. To build trust in business, we believe that leaders need to step outside of their traditional roles and place sustainability and the opportunity to create value for society at the core of their strategy. We need businessworthy leaders.

Climate change is probably the most tangible global challenge requiring business to work diligently with society in search of solutions. We need to define and accelerate Climate Leadership in business. Can a renewed sense of trust enable us to speed up on climate leadership?




MAY 15 – DAY 1


Honouree Network Meeting (Honourees only)

Nobel Peace Centre
Former and new Business for Peace Honourees gather for a network meeting with lunch

Business for Peace Lecture (Open to the public)

University Aula, University of Oslo
Jamie Oliver, founder of Jamie’s Food Revolution, chef and business leader, will give the annual Business for Peace lecture at the University of Oslo

Welcome Reception (Invitation only)

Nobel Peace Centre
The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs invites select guests to an intimate and informal gathering. Opening remarks by representative from the Ministry and a brief keynote dialogue with a few speakers


MAY 16 – DAY 2

Breakfast Seminar by BI (Open to the public)

BI Norwegian Business School
As part of the 2018 Summit, Business for Peace and the Norwegian Business School (BI) invites Summit guests and students for an interactive seminar on Balancing the Interests of Business and Society

The Business for Peace Roundtable (Invitation only)
Building Trust: Accelerating Climate Leadership 

CEOs and board chairs from leading companies, investors, civil society and politics are invited to listen, engage and discuss how society’s trust in key institutions – with business sharing the fate of governments, NGOs and media – has declined markedly over the last years. Can a renewed sense of trust enable us to speed up on climate leadership? Moderator: Mishal Husain, journalist and broadcaster

Oslo Business for Peace Award Ceremony (Open to the public)

Oslo City Hall
The breath-taking highlight of the Business for Peace Summit – the Award Ceremony held in the Oslo City Hall, the venue of the Nobel Peace Prize. This is the formal delivery and celebration of the Business for Peace Award to the 2018 Business for Peace Honourees: Lori Blaker, Edgar Montenegro, and Martin Naughton. Keynote on The State of the Union between Business and Society. Artistic performances

Award Dinner Reception (Invitation only)

Oslo City Hall
Held in the same venue as the Award Ceremony, a standing dinner reception to celebrate the 2018 Honourees.  


More speakers and special guests will be announced soon. Stay tuned for details on how to register for the public Summit events.