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Join us on 30 November: Future of Consumerism

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As holidays such as Black Friday and Christmas mark the peak of over-consumption throughout the year, it is difficult to remain a conscious consumer. Sustainable Consumption and Production (SDG 12) in the 2030 Agenda is about doing more and better with less. It is also about decoupling economic growth from environmental degradation, increasing resource efficiency and promoting sustainable lifestyles thereby giving nature the opportunity to regenerate.


To break the cycle of over-consumption within the linear economy, a circular approach is needed. This would entail fixing products, prolonging their life-span, and avoiding waste at all costs, making it the way forward for a healthy planet with healthy humans.


How can companies tackle the negative impacts of consumerism while running a successful business model? How can supply chains become more sustainable and transparent for consumers to trace the products they are acquiring? And what does the future of consumerism look like?


In this panel we will bring together professionals from different fields to explore these and other key questions to understand in what ways we can all become conscious consumers and what businesses are doing to clear the path.




⦿ Moderator: Fredrik Nordbø, Senior Policy Advisor, WWF



⦿ Heidi Furustøl, Executive Director, Ethical Trade Norway



⦿ Jo Egil Tobiassen, CEO, Northern Playground



⦿ Aasa Andersen, Managing Director, A-Packaging



More speakers to be confirmed, stay tuned!





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


18:00-19:15 Talk and discussion


19:15-late Stick around and continue the conversation


Sign up now and join us on Tuesday 30th November. The event is in English and free to attend in-person or online.


This event will be hosted at Mesh Youngstorget, the newest HUB from Mesh.



Vacancy: Communications Coordinator

Business for Peace is looking to hire a Communications Coordinator

Terms: Full time, permanent 

Reports to: Communications Director (interim) 

Location: Oslo, Norway


Business for Peace is looking for a Communications Coordinator to run daily communications operations for the organisation. This includes copywriting, website, social media, public relations, advertising, market research, and more. The Communications Coordinator will be working closely with colleagues on all teams to promote the organisation and the businessworthy concept globally and execute communications activities related to the annual Summit, other events and more.


We’re looking for a multi-talented communications professional who enjoys having a variety of tasks in their day. If you can hop from writing a blog post to diving into web analytics to giving graphic design feedback, we want to meet you! The ideal candidate is a skilled storyteller that can produce content, independently project manage whatever needs to get done, and also has an interest in data-driven decisions. It’s a small team, so it’s a very hands-on role with a lot of independence.


This role will be responsible for communicating about our programming (with a focus on our annual Award and Summit) as well as increasing our in-house content publishing and advancing our thought-leadership agenda.


Essential Job Functions

The overarching goals for this position are: to increase the reach, awareness of, and stature of Business for Peace globally; grow our audience and online presence; and ensure a positive stakeholder experience across platforms.


• Daily writing and content creation (social media, blog, website, newsletter, etc)

• Project management for video production, graphic design projects and print materials

• Plan, write, create, and send company newsletters

• Work with external designers, video producers, publicists, and other collaborators to achieve communications goals

• Support communications strategy and execution for annual events such as the Summit, award announcement, webinars, and local events

• Report on Google Analytics and recommend strategic changes accordingly

• Build relationships with local and international media, pitch stories and follow up

• Social media and website oversight (knowledge of WordPress is a must)

• Support the Communication Director in implementing the Foundation’s communication strategy to broaden awareness and participation globally



Qualifications and Capabilities

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

• Minimum 2-4 years’ experience in relevant international communications or marketing work

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

• Excellent English skills, oral and written

• Good understanding of Norwegian is an asset but not required

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

• Good collaboration skills, ability to think strategically and innovatively

• Project management experience, working with internal or external stakeholders

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

• Understanding of international business and the sustainability landscape will be an advantage

• Prior experience from a non-profit, international organisation, or social enterprise is preferable



How to Apply

Send a CV and cover letter to with the subject line “Communications Coordinator” by the end of the day on 10 October 2021. If possible, please include links to writing samples (for example: a communications plan you prepared, a social media account you manage, a website you write content for, a blog post, a news article) and any other portfolio material you would like us to look at.


Join us on 28 September: Future of the Nordic Model

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The Nordics are leading innovation and spearheading the work towards the 2030 Agenda. It is argued that the Nordic Model offers an environment where value-driven innovation can flourish, meaning innovation that improves society by creating value for all stakeholders in an ethical and responsible way.


If innovation is the future, what does innovation look like “the Nordic Model way”? There are other models of innovation such as the Silicon Valley one, which worldwide entrepreneurs and policymakers alike have aspired to recreate as the perfect ecosystem for innovation. But Silicon Valley is no longer the only global paradigm for innovation. The Nordic Model offers a unique environment for socially responsible innovation that looks beyond narrow financial return.


In this panel we will bring together professionals from different fields to understand the connection between the Nordic Model and innovation, and what its future looks like.



⦿ Einar Kleppe Holthe: CEO and founder, Natural State


⦿ Marthe Haugland: Senior Innovation Advisor, Nordic Innovation


⦿ Malin Frithiofsson: Programme Manager, Startup Norway and President, Women in Tech Gothenburg



⦿ Karolina Olofsson: Executive Director, The Oslo Center


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Seats have now been filled up, but you can take part of the conversation through our livestream on 28 September at 17:00-18:00.


This event will kick-start our 2021-2022 edition of the #FutureOf talk series presented by Business for Peace and MESH. The event is part of the Oslo Innovation Week 2021 – you can view the complete OIW programme here.



Nominations for the 2022 Oslo Business for Peace Award now open

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Business for Peace is seeking candidates for the 2022 Oslo Business for Peace Award. 


Candidates can be nominated through the Foundation’s global partners: International Chamber of Commerce, United Nations Development Programme, United Nations Global Compact and Principles for Responsible Investment.


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 and create 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.


Nomination Honourees Alice

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

Following the nomination process, Honourees will be 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.


Read about the previous Oslo Business for Peace Award winners here

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A look at our 2021 Spotlight Series

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