Business for Peace Summit recognizes role of business in achieving SDGs

19 Mai 2016

ICC Secretary General John Danilovich and over 60 business leaders committed to support the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) during the 2016 Business for Peace Award ceremony.

Il Segretario Generale dell’ICC John Danilovich e altri 60 business leaders si sono impegnati a supportare gli Obiettivi di Sviluppo Sostenibile delle Nazioni Unite durante la cerimonia di premiazione del Business for Peace Award 2016.

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« The notion that business is a genuine force for good in the world is woven into the very fabric of the UN’s 2030 development agenda. The 2016 Business for Peace Honourees are prime examples of business leaders who are committed to placing business at the heart of society. »

With these words ICC Secretary General John Danilovich saluted the winners of the 2016 Business for Peace Award, the highest form of recognition for efforts to foster peace and stability, awarded by the global business community. The ceremony took place in Oslo at the beginning of May, at the presence of Crown Prince Haakan of Norway. Mr Danilovich and over 60 prominent business leaders also committed to support the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with a Businessworthy pledge made during this year’s Summit.

The 2016 Business for Peace Award winners are:

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– Sarah Beydoun (Lebanon)

Sarah Beydoun is the founder of Sarah’s Bag: she trained 200 underprivileged women in Lebanon to become handbag artisans. The project has helped women in prison and from disadvantaged backgrounds, giving them an opportunity to reintegrate society.

– Jennifer Nkuene Riria (Kenya)

Jennifer Nkuene Riria, CEO of Kenya Women Holding, has transformed the microfinance industry in Kenya in order to tangibly improve the lives of women. The bank has emerged as a model microfinance institution.

– Tore Lærdal (Norway)

Tore Lærdal, one of Norway’s leading social innovators, has spent his career trying to reduce maternal and newborn mortality in least developed countries. He established the not-for-profit company Laerdal Global Health in 2010.

« We need to focus on business as an essential part of the solution to the big issues facing the world today: from raising people above the poverty line to eliminating corruption, from combatting climate change to promoting peace and global stability, » said Mr Danilovich.

This commitment follows a letter that business leaders representing companies with operations in over 190 countries sent to the Financial Times, in which he stated that: « Many businesses are already playing a leading role in promoting sustainable development, but with the right support and incentives from government we can do much more. A collaborative effort is also required to enable the transformation of business practices towards sustainability more broadly – including within the small business sector. »

Commenting on the release of the letter, ICC Secretary General John Danilovich said: « This is a clear and visible demonstration of the business community’s commitment to the new Global Goals. We call on governments to work constructively with the private sector to deliver fully on the promise of the SDGs »

The full letter can be found here.