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Ouided Bouchamaoui joins Award Committee



It is our pleasure to announce that Ouided Bouchamaoui has joined the Business for Peace Award Committee. Ms. Bouchamaoui is the President of The Tunisian Confederation of Industry, Trade and Handicrafts (UTICA). In this role, Ms. Bouchamaoui has been working tirelessly to help Tunisia pull through its challenges by pushing for national reconciliation, protecting both enterprises and employment policy, and assisting the urgent need to restore security. For this work, Ms. Bouchamaoui was made a Business for Peace Honouree in 2014. In addition, UTICA is one of the four organisations that make up the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet, which was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2015.

The Oslo Business for Peace Award Committee works independently of the Foundation when assessing nominated candidates, and the decision of the committee members is final. Its members are Nobel prize winners in Peace or Economics, which ensures that the selection of Honourees is ethically credible, made by individuals outside the business community and of the highest possible moral and professional authority. The task of inviting new members to the Award committee is made by an Election Committee consisting of former Swedish prime minister Göran Persson, former Norwegian prime minister Kjell Magne Bondevik, and the director of the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO), Kristian Berg Harpviken.

The work Ms. Bouchamaoui has done to foster stability and peace in Tunisia is admirable, and offers a stellar example of businessworthy leadership. We would like to thank Ms. Bouchamaoui for agreeing to strengthen our Award Committee, and it is our honour to formally announce her election to this role.

Thank you for a fantastic Oslo Business for Peace Summit!


The Oslo Business for Peace Summit 2016 has been a fantastic experience!
We would like to thank you all for contributing in making the tenth Oslo Business for Peace Summit the best event ever.


Warm congratulations to our three Honourees,
Sarah Beydoun, Dr Jennifer Riria and Tore Lærdal – we are very proud to have you as
part of the Business for Peace family.


A very big thank you to our Honourees, partners, sponsors, speakers, moderators,
and our fantastic team of volunteers. You all helped us make this an unforgettable two days!


We look forward to welcoming you back in Oslo May 15-16, 2017.

2016 Oslo Business for Peace Award Nominations are now Closed


Nominations for the 2016 Oslo Business for Peace Award are now closed. We would like to extend our thanks to all of those who nominated and to our partner organisations the United Nations Global Compact, the United Nations Development Program and the International Chamber of Commerce.

The Award Committee will meet in London in late-January, with winners announced shortly thereafter. The Award Ceremony will be held on May 3rd at Oslo City Hall, Norway. This event is free and open to the public by registration, the link for which will be released closer to the event – don’t forget to follow us on Facebook or Twitter for updates.

We look forward to seeing you in Oslo on May 3rd!

Nobel Peace Prize: Promoting businessworthy action



– By giving the peace prize to a quartet including Ms. Ouided Bouchamaoui´s organisation, the committee has emphasised the importance of establishing trustworthy relationships between employer associations, labor unions and the civilian society to create stability, peace and development. Ms. Ouided Bouchamaoui, a business woman and the first female president of the Tunisian employer association, has been a central force in the development of her homeland after the arab spring, says Per L. Saxegaard, Chairman of Business for Peace.

Ouided Bouchamaoui is representing the Tunisian employeer association in the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet that was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo today.

A role model for business leaders

Ouided Bouchamaoui_For her admirable ability to make business a strong force in developing the society, Ouided Bouchamaoui was named a Business for Peace Honouree in 2014.

In 2014 the Business for Peace Award was stated that “Ms. Bouchamaoui is a stellar example of businessworthy leadership, of dedicating one’s business energy to creating economic value that also creates value for society, through responsible and ethical work. While Tunisia’s challenges remain, it is from individuals such as Ms. Bouchamaoui a nation can draw hope for a better future.”

Ms. Ouided Bouchamaoui of Tunisia leads the Hedi Bouchamaoui Group, a family owned business spanning more than a hundred years. In January 2013, Ouided Bouchamaoui was elected the first woman President of the Tunisian Confederacy of Industry, Trade and Handicrafts, in recognition of the responsible stewardship demonstrated in the family business.

Within weeks of her election, she initiated a strategic move to collaborate with the Tunisian General Labor Union, through signing a Social Contract. The agreement aimed to provide decent work conditions at all levels, it expanded employment opportunities, and structured wage policies – as well as helping improve competition between enterprises.

She then initiated a national dialogue on the economy, bringing together the Tunisian President, Prime Minister, President of the National Assembly and major participants from private and public enterprises. Their task was to set up a roadmap and a plan of action to slow down the crisis and help the economy.

Ms. Ouided Bouchamaoui is a role model for other business leaders with her engagement for the development of society. The positive role in societal development is often underestimated. Establishing jobs and sustainable businesses is one of the most important requirements for lasting peace, says Per L Saxegaard.

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