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In December 2020, we launched our first SDG Investor Maps impact facilitation event in Nigeria. Ibi Ogunbiyi, one of our event moderators, breaks down her take on the maps and how the renewable energy sector in Nigeria is shifting.

SDG Investor Maps launch

Last December, we launched our first round of the SDG Investor Maps sessions together with our partners The United Nations Development Programme Nigeria and The International Chamber of Commerce Nigeria. These maps serve as a digital tool providing market intelligence on investment opportunities and related impact data to identify and increase Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) aligned actionable investments in Nigeria.

The Nigeria SDG Investor Map thus maps the overlaps and gaps between public sector initiatives and private sector interest, aiming to facilitate more private-sector investment and public sector support for three SDG-enabling sectors that include renewable energy, agriculture, and healthcare.

Written by 2020 Honouree and CEO of Coffee for Peace, “Joji” Felicitas Bautista Pantoja

When we started developing the concept of Coffee for Peace as a business in 2008, we had been working on the ground and listening to the voices of the rural poor, specifically the challenges and the systemic impoverishment experienced by most farmers in the land-based, armed-conflicted areas of Mindanao.

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Knowing our resource and time limitations in the field, we focused our attention on the coffee farmers.

We were aware of the many programmes encouraging farmers to produce and plant more coffee, but one thing was missing. The programmes were conceptualised in the offices of the funding organisations, lacking real consultation…

Traducción por Lorena Muñoz Carmona

Abogado de derechos humanos y ganador del premio Business for Peace en 2015, Juan Andrés Cano, ha dedicado su carrera a entender el impacto del sector privado en los derechos humanos. El fundador de PeaceStartup y Business and Human Rights y CEO de Semilla, destaca la importancia de crear alianzas entre ONGs, gobiernos y el sector privado para proteger los derechos humanos. Iniciativas como esta demuestran que otra manera de hacer negocios es posible.

Esta entrevista está disponible al completo en inglés en nuestro canal de Youtube

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Juan Andrés Cano en la ceremonia de entrega del Premio Business for Peace en 2015

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Building back together

Business for Peace has always enjoyed gathering people and inspiring discussions. We have facilitated discussions at our annual Summit and locally at startup community MESH. We recognise businessworthy leaders with the Oslo Business for Peace Award. Since 2009, global business, global leadership, global gatherings have been our core. When March came, we were quick to do two things: ensure the safety and wellbeing of our employees, and cancel physical events.

Our vision is that all business leaders strive to improve society by creating value for all stakeholders in an ethical and responsible way. The mission, therefore, is to recognise, inspire…

Our first-ever guide, inspired by our Honourees

As our holidays worldwide look different this year, we want to do something different, too. That’s why we are sharing our first-ever ethical gift-giving guide.

We support all socially conscious businesses globally. Our mission is, after all, to recognise, inspire, and accelerate businessworthy leadership. By shopping consciously, you help to accelerate positive social, environmental, and ethical change. We know, it’s “just shopping”, but your purchases can help provide income to disadvantaged women, people in rural, remote, and conflict-affected areas, and others to whom every bit of income matters.

Our Honourees are constant sources of inspiration, and that’s why they are…

Tools to ensure results for businesses

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How can your business put sustainability into practice? Since 2015, the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have been a commitment of ours at Business for Peace. As an advocate of the Goals, we partner with a number of organisations and businesses that are striving towards achieving the SDGs.

It’s a common misconception that the SDGs are only relevant for governments, but that’s not the case. Part of the reason as to why we advocate for the Goals is how easily privately-owned businesses can choose one or more Goals as a part of their business model. The Goals are expansive and…

We all have a role to play

Written by Managing Director of Business for Peace, Marius Døcker

Marius Døcker, Managing Director in Business for Peace
Marius Døcker, Managing Director in Business for Peace
Marius Døcker, Managing Director at Business for Peace

The historical perception of business as a profit-maximising entity without regard for social impact is quickly becoming outdated. Business can both do good and do well and at the same time. At Business for Peace, we believe all business leaders should have as their higher purpose to improve society. We call this being businessworthy — ethically and responsibly solving problems that create value for both business and society.

At the heart of Business for Peace lies the Oslo Business for Peace Award, bestowed annually to businessworthy role models. Our four…

Written by: Mayo Suzuki
Sustainability consultant/ writer/ translator based in Colombia

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The relationship between peace and business has become an important topic of discussion at international conferences. Take the annual UN Forum on Business and Human Rights, hosted by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Geneva, Switzerland, which has begun sharing good practices from companies that are not only helping to prevent conflict but also acting responsibly to sustain peace.

Last year’s forum showcased corporate efforts to protect human rights defenders from fear of killings and intimidation and also discussed how many companies are…

Enter the high-achieving world of Marc Benioff

Not every teenager is quite like Marc Benioff. While some of us were getting into trouble of the more classic sort, Benioff was creating apps and selling software. By 16, he had made enough money to pay for his college education.

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Reach for the cloud

After college, Benioff quickly rose in the ranks at tech giant Oracle. While many see him purely as a business leader now, his core, after all, is as an inventor. He never stopped creating and developing software, so although he was successful at Oracle, he quit his job in 1999 in order to launch a new product called Salesforce.

Creating growth and opportunities through financial inclusion

James Mwangi is not your average bank executive. Growing up in a rural village in Kenya in a large family, he sold coal and fruit in order to pay for his school fees. Mwangi was, along with 96% of Kenyans at the time, excluded from having his own bank account. That privilege was held strictly for the elite. When Mwangi finally did open his own account, he felt like he was given a gateway into upward mobility.

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Mwangi later became an accountant and climbed the ranks of Equity Group Holdings. When the opportunity presented itself to lead and transform the…

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Business has to be about the greater good and not only about maximising shareholder profits. We’re here to encourage and inspire #businessworthy behaviour.

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