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Past Event: The Future of Food

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Can’t make it? Follow along with our livestream here

Everybody’s talking about food. It nourishes us, brings people together, and makes us happy. But we can’t keep producing and eating the way we are now.

Today’s global food systems threaten the health of our planet and can’t sustainably continue. With links to biodiversity loss, high greenhouse gas emissions, and rising obesity in some areas with food scarcity in others, the production, distribution and consumption of food is negatively impacting people at every level of the supply chain. New solutions are needed but can we really produce food for 7.5 billions people in a way that is healthy both for us and the planet? How are businesses at different levels of the food landscape contributing to a better system?

Come hear our panel of business and civil society experts delve deep into the gaps in the food system- from production to distribution to consumption and waste. We’ll be joined by:

  • Olav Kjørven, Chief Strategy Officer of EAT Foundation

  •  Bendik Walderhaug, Head of Sales at Too Good To Go

  • Annabelle Lefébure-Henriksen, CEO/Daglig Leder of Fairtrade Norway

  • Dyveke Elset, Sustainability Communications Adviser at Norgesgruppen


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

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Bendik Walderhaug has worked in various NGOs with fundraising, communication and team management. He joined the small startup company Too Good To Go back in summer 2017 and is now Head of Sales in Too Good To Go Norway, while continuing to drive the movement agenda within the company.







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Dyveke Elset is NorgesGruppen’s Sustainability Communications Adviser. NorgesGruppen is Norway’s largest grocery wholesaling group, and seeks to reduce their environmental footprint, improve public health and ensure a responsible value chain. Elset believes businesses are vital vehicles driving the transition into a sustainable economy. She holds an MA in International Political Economy from the Brussels School of International Studies, University of Kent, and has previously worked for international organisations on issues such as renewable energy, economic cooperation and innovation.


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Olav Kjørven is Chief Strategic Officer at the EAT Foundation. In this role Olav is part of EAT’s Senior Leadership team and provides strategic oversight to EAT’s policy work, leads engagement on global policy arenas, and guides EAT’s science and knowledge initiatives for maximum impact on food systems policies and practices. Olav’s career spans political leadership roles for Norwegian development cooperation and several senior leadership posts at the United Nations. He led the Bureau for Development Policy of the United Nations Development Program for almost seven years, overseeing an international staff of some 360, with policy priorities ranging from democratic governance to climate change.


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Annabelle Lefébure-Henriksen is CEO of Fairtrade Norway. Before joining Fairtrade she worked in Varner for 12 years where she held different positions. From 2011 to 2013 she established and led a subsidiary company of Varner in New Delhi, India, and became Sustainability Manager in 2014. She is member of the Board of Directors in Stiftelsen Miljømerking and sat for many years on the Board of Directors of Ethical Trade Norway. Annabelle has a degree in Economics and Business Administration from NHH and a master degree in International Relations from Paris.


Open Position: Marketing Coordinator, Business for Peace




** Note: this position has been filled**

Business for Peace is looking for a Marketing Coordinator. The Marketing Coordinator will be responsible for working with the Communications Director to promote the Foundation and the businessworthy concept globally and executing communications activities related to the annual Award Ceremony, other events, the businessworthy pledge, and more.


The ideal candidate is a skilled storyteller that can produce content for and manage social media channels and also has an interest in data-driven marketing strategies. This role involves project management and requires attention to detail. It’s a small team so the Coordinator gets to be hands-on in many aspects of the marketing strategy.


In 2020, Business for Peace is building a new website and starting with a new CRM, so this role will be central to coordinating those projects. The organisation will also be increasing its in-house content publishing as well as launching events in cities outside of Oslo. It’s an exciting time to join the Foundation as it grows!


This is a full-time position based in Oslo. The start date is January 6, 2020.


Essential Job Functions:

  • Daily management of social media accounts – planning and creating content, posting, interacting, reporting

  • Social media advertising

  • Website content creation (ie. writing blog posts) and updates (using Word Press or similar)

  • Build the Foundation’s newsletters and report on analytics

  • Project coordination for print materials and other graphic design projects

  • Report on Google Analytics

  • Media research and tracking

  • Work with freelance designers, video producers, publicists, and other collaborators to achieve marketing goals

  • Support the Communications Director in implementing the Foundation’s communications strategy to broaden awareness globally and increase attendance locally


Qualifications and Capabilities:

  • Higher education in marketing, communications, or a related field

  • Minimum 1-2 years’ experience in relevant international marketing or communications work

  • Excellent English skills, oral and written

  • Good understanding of Norwegian is an asset but not required

  • Exceptional communication skills with an ability to develop and present strong narratives

  • Understanding of digital platforms and professional experience with social media channels

  • Good collaboration skills, ability to think strategically and innovatively

  • Understanding of international business and the sustainability landscape is an advantage

  • Basic design or video production skills are an asset but not required

  • Knowledge of web-based editing systems like WordPress preferable

  • Self-motivated with an ability to manage deadlines and good prioritisation skills

  • Good project management and problem solving skills


How to Apply:

Send a CV and letter of interest to by end of day on November 20, 2019. If possible, please include links to writing samples (for example: a social media account you manage, a website you write content for, a blog post, a news article). We thank all candidates for their interest and will contact those selected for an interview.

Past Event: The Future of Capitalism

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If you look at measures like GDP growth and lifespan, life is better for more people around the world than ever before. Yet inequality is rising, natural resources are running low, and many people are questioning the capitalist systems that led us here.What’s at stake if we continue with the status quo? Should we be seeking to make small adjustments or is a total system overhaul the way forward? What is the future role of businesses in a system that needs to be about more than maximising financial profits?

Join us October 29 to hear from business leaders, policy experts, and researchers. The full guest speaker line-up will be announced soon. It’s the latest #FutureOf talk series presented by Business for Peace and MESH. The event is free to attend, but please RSVP to let us know you’ll be joining us.


Speakers include:

– Idar Kreutzer, Administrative Director of Finans Norge

– Mathilde Fasting, Historian and Economist at Civita

– Kalle Moene, Professor and economist at University of Oslo

– Marianne Stigset, Senior Vice President of Communications, Public Affairs and Sustainability at Aker


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.




Idar-KreutzerIdar Kreutzer has been CEO of Finance Norway since 2012. From 2000 to 2012 he was the CEO of Storebrand ASA. In January 2013 he was appointed member of the Strategy Council for the Norwegian Government Pension Fund Global. He has been a member of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and has co-chaired their Vision 2050. He is a member of the Board of the University of Oslo and a member of the Advisory Board of NHH Norwegian School of Economics. Kreutzer holds a Master’s degree in Economics and Business Administration from the NHH Norwegian School of Economics.





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Mathilde Fasting has a Master of Economics and Business Administration from the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration (NHH). Fasting also has a bachelor and a masters degree in the History of Ideas from the University of Oslo, and a PhD written about Torkel Aschehoug. She has previously worked at Orkla and Storebrand with strategy and business development and managed her own real estate and commercial businesses. She now works at the liberal think tank Civita and has published several books, papers and reports. Photo by CF-Wesenberg




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Karl Ove “Kalle” Moene is an economist and professor at the Institute of Economics at the University of Oslo. His primary field of work involves distribution and comparison of economic institutions, especially in the labour market. He is known as a pointed writer and original thinker in his field, and often writes for Dagens Næringsliv. Moene has been associated with the Centre for the Study of Civil War at the Department of Peace Research and is leading a research project to analyze the relationships between social organization, economic development, inequality and the Nordic Model.





Screen Shot 2019-10-23 at 13.19.37Marianne Stigset has over two decades of international communication and investor relations experience. She began her career at the World Bank in Washington D.C. working on social protection, public sector reform and communications, and then worked as a journalist for Bloomberg News, the BBC and the Daily Star in Lebanon, the UK, France and Norway. She joined Aker in 2012 as director of investor relations and now serves as SVP of communications, public affairs and sustainability, project managing the World Ocean Headquarters initiative, a global knowledge hub generating solutions for a sustainable and profitable ocean economy. She holds an MA in International Relations and Economics from the Johns Hopkins University – Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).



Business for Peace Welcomes New Managing Director

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Business for Peace is pleased to announce Marius Døcker as the Foundation’s new Managing Director. Døcker is a tech-savvy business executive with 25 years of international business experience in banking, management consulting, start-ups, technology and manufacturing. He has extensive functional expertise across the value chain and several global industries. He has lived and worked in Asia, US and Europe.


 “I am delighted to join the team at Business for Peace,” said Døcker. “I consider myself a born-again capitalist with a grave concern for our collective future. I am committed to working towards sustainability and corporate social responsibility in an era of unprecedented social and technological change. Business for Peace is the perfect platform to champion and accelerate responsible business practices.”


Døcker takes the helm as the Foundation prepares to launch bold new initiatives in 2020. The Foundation will broaden its activities with cornerstone events outside Norway, which will facilitate investment in businessworthy start-ups in developing countries. 2020 will also see the expansion of SDG Impact, an initiative led by United Nations Development Programme that aims for all global capital flows to advance the Sustainable Development Goals agenda. Business for Peace is an official partner of SDG Impact and hosted the initiative’s Nordic Springboard earlier this year.


 “The board welcomes Marius Døcker as our new Managing Director to lead the Foundation into its second decade. Marius’ broad international business experience, combined with his deep understanding of the trade-offs that businesses face and his passion for corporate social responsibility make him an ideal candidate for the role,” said Per L Saxegaard, Founder and Board Chair.




About Marius Døcker


Prior to joining Business for Peace, Døcker was a senior executive with Arcus ASA, a listed Norwegian beverage company, and held various roles with Navico, an international marine electronics company. He was also a partner at PA Consulting Group focusing on financial institutions, transportation and manufacturing clients.  Before that, Døcker was the Chairman and Managing Director of Etellus AS, an Oslo-based software company that develops technology for advanced internet publishing and e-commerce. He has also been a Director with Andersen Business Consulting in Oslo where he managed the firm’s Nordic Financial Services Practice and served as a member of the European (EMEIA) financial services leadership team.  Døcker has previously been a consultant with A.T. Kearney in New York and London.


Prior to a career in management consulting, Døcker worked in various capacities for Continental Savings in San Francisco. He has served on the board of directors for several companies. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance from the University of San Francisco and an MBA from Columbia Business School in New York.  He is currently on the board of Oslo Røde Kors (Oslo Red Cross), where he also volunteers as a refugee guide.


Let’s Talk About the Future of Sustainable Fashion

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**Update: This event is fully booked. If you didn’t get a ticket, you can come to MESH at 17:30 and we’ll place you on a waitlist. You’ll be let in at 18:00, if space permits.


If you can’t join us, please follow along with the live stream here:

Some would say the consumption practices encouraged by global, fast-fashion brands have created a throw-away society, involving high-energy use, labour exploitation and increased carbon emissions – all for the latest trend.


Though many consumers are starting to take notice, is their call for change being heard? Does a circular value chain really solve the core problems of the industry? Will companies be able to develop new ways of manufacturing fast enough? And, how has digitalisation opened up for new opportunities in fashion?


Since many companies are failing to reach out to customers effectively about their efforts to become more sustainable, we have assembled a panel of experts and leaders in the industry to share their views on the future of sustainable fashion. Come hear from each of our guest speakers, then stay for a discussion and Q&A.


Join us August 28 as we speak to:

– Ina Vikøren, Sustainability Manager, H&M

– Anja Bakken Riise, Leader, Framtiden i våre hender (Future in Our Hands)

– Gisle Mariani Mardal, Head of Innovation, Norwegian Fashion Hub

– Ingun Grimstad Klepp, Researcher, Forbruksforskningsinstituttet SIFO and OsloMet

– Ole Eivind Siggerud, Store Manager and Head Buyer, Livid Jeans

More speakers to be announced soon!


It’s the latest #FutureOf talk series presented by Business for Peace and MESH. We’re also pleased to be part of the programming for Oslo’s premier fashion event, OsloRunway. The event is free to attend (you’ll just have to pay for anything you purchase from the bar), but please RSVP to let us know you’ll be joining us.




17:30-18:00 Doors open, come mingle and get settled
18:00-19:00 Talk and discussion
19:00-late   MESH is throwing an after party! Head downstairs to their Backyard for a bar menu and music from DJ Cecilie Strømheim

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


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Ina Vikøren is Sustainability Manager at H&M for Norway and Iceland. Having received her masters degree in Sustainable Business Development from NTNU, Ina has previously been working to improve innovation for more sustainable, circular societies from the bottom-up. Prior to her role at H&M, Ina worked as a lecturer for Miljødirektoratet and wrote a personal blog on sustainable solutions in everyday life. As a supporter of more elegant, effective and creative solutions for the circular economy, Ina uses her love of nature to power her commitment to environmentally-positive business that’s people-oriented and regenerative for our world.




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Ingun Grimstad Klepp is a research professor based at the Consumer Research Council SIFO at OsloMet. For more than twenty years, she has worked with clothing consumption, mostly on projects covering environmental issues. She has a background in ethnology, but her research employs methods and perspectives from both science and social science. Ingun is featured frequently in the media for her work bringing attention to the environmental impact of clothing production and consumption, and in doing so, has established an important and distinct voice in public discussion.





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Gisle Mariani Mardal is the Head of Innovation at Norwegian Fashion Hub and has been involved in every aspect of the fashion industry throughout his diverse career. After completing his education in England, he went on to work in the international fashion industry before settling down in Oslo. As both a designer and consultant in Norway, he saw a need for developing an innovative and coherent structure for the Norwegian fashion industry. Personally driven by collaborative solutions, he created a strategic framework he now employs for the global fashion system in relation to Norwegian conditions.




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Anja Bakken Riise is the leader of Future in our hands (Framtiden i våre hender), Norway’s largest solidarity and environmental NGO with more than 30,000 members. She has previously worked as a political advisor for Lan Marie Berg, Oslo’s junior vice mayor on Environment and Transport (Green Party), and was the President of the Norwegian Students’ and Academics’ International Assistance Fund (SAIH). Though she worked as a shop assistant at H&M at the age of 16,  she has since realised the need to transform business models of fast fashion and work towards change.




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Ole Eivind is the store manager at Livid’s flagship store in Prinsens gate in Oslo, and a central person in Livid’s leadership team. With hands-on consumer experience, he strives to change consumers’ habits and awareness through transparency and information. Livid was founded in Trondheim in 2010, as a one-man operation making made to measure jeans in Norway. Livid has since evolved to a brand making full ready to wear collections for both men and women, but always with the same focus on high quality materials and construction. Livid believes in buying less, but better, and taking care of the items we buy, and repairing when necessary.




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