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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.


Døcker starts the role in September 2019 and is based out of the Foundation’s Oslo secretariat.



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

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The event is free to attend, but please RSVP on Eventbrite to let us know you will be joining us.


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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.




2019 Summit Recap

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Were you unable to join us for this year’s Business for Peace Summit? Look back on our conference, Navigating in a World of Imbalance, check out our photo album and watch highlights from the Summit’s landmark events below:



View a playlist of the top panels and talks held at our conference, Navigating in a World of Imbalance below:



We look forward to seeing you at next year’s Summit in Oslo, Norway!


2019 Summit Report now available

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The 2019 Business for Peace Summit brought together business leaders, investors, politicians, academics, and civil society to discuss the role businesses can play in driving an inclusive and prosperous future for all. By exploring different perspectives of imbalances and the role of technology and investment, participants identified tangible actions for business leaders through cross-sector conversations and dialogue.


The Summit report, prepared in collaboration with Deloitte, covers how businesses can shift their priorities to focus on broader value creation- not just for shareholders, but also for society. By optimising societal value instead of only financial returns, businesses can deliver better on their responsibility to society and also profit at the same time.


See key insights from Summit speakers such as Achim Steiner, Administrator, United Nations Development Programme, John Denton, Secretary General, International Chamber of Commerce, and Tim O’Reilly, CEO and Chairman, O’Reilly Media are featured alongside other thought leaders. Case studies from companies across the world add further insight and a special message from Nobel Peace Laureate, Ouided Bouchamaoui, is also included.


Read the report here

Announcing the SDG Impact Nordic Springboard

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Achim Steiner, Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme, will gather with leading Nordic investment firms EQT, Summa Equity and LGT at the Business for Peace Summit in Oslo, Norway on May 15, 2019 to call for all global capital flows to advance the Sustainable Development Goals 2030 Agenda. The event marks the Nordic Springboard of the United Nations’ SDG Impact initiative.


Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030 is expected to require $5-7 trillion in total annual investment and requires a fundamental rethinking of global financial flows. Up until now there has not been a standardised or consistent approach to defining and measuring impact.


SDG Impact initiative has been designed to help meet this challenge. It is a United Nations-led initiative to enable private sector investment by providing investors and businesses with the clarity, insights, and tools required to support and authenticate their contribution toward achieving the SDGs.


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SDG Impact aims to catalyze up to $1 trillion annually in private sector investment to achieve the SGDs. These efforts would contribute towards helping create some $12 trillion per year in economic opportunities and 380 million new jobs, which the Business Commission on Sustainable Development estimates would be possible from investing in the SDGs.


On May 15, 2019, the Business for Peace Foundation, an official partner of this initiative, will bring the SDG Impact initiative forward in the Nordic region with a springboard event in Oslo, rallying top investment firms in the region. Nordic institutional investors are widely regarded as world-leading in ESG and impact investment, with much influence globally. EQT, Summa Equity and LGT have taken a lead in the Nordic region on developing the initiative. CEO Christian Sinding of EQT, and Chair Anna Ryott and CEO Reynir Indahl of Summa Equity will speak at the Nordic Springboard about why they support the initiative. They will be joined by CEO Sverre Thornes of KLP and CEO Jan Erik Saugestad of Storebrand Asset Management, in a panel discussion, moderated by Ylva Lindberg, Director of Norfund.


“Sustainability is, and has always been, a central part of EQT. Through our involvement in this new SDG Impact initiative, EQT will be able to influence the way that SDG-alignment is measured and develop our own impact approach further. For EQT, the initiative is particularly exciting, as we are taking a stronger position on climate change and thematic investing in solutions with positive societal impact,” says Christian Sinding, CEO, EQT.


The springboard is part of the 2019 Business for Peace Summit, an annual event that brings together business leaders, investors, leaders of NGOs, politicians, academics, and civil society from all over the world to discuss the practical actions needed in order to make substantial and sustainable business contributions to society. This year, the Summit’s topic is “Navigating in a World of Imbalance”, with the SDG Impact Springboard event as a


“Summa Equity was amongst the first Private Equity firms to commit to the SDGs, aligning our investment and value creation strategy with the SDG framework. We are proud to be part of the SDG Impact initiative and challenge the whole private equity community to invest in the SDGs. It helps companies show stronger growth and returns, while having lower risk,” says Anna Ryott, Chair of the Board, Summa Equity.


Ryott and Denton are part of the ten-person Steering Group, chaired by Steiner, which was created to signal markets and drive adoption. The Steering Group will play a critical role in
the global effort to authenticate SDG-enabled investment and represents an influential cross-section of industries from the global North and South that collectively influence investing around the world.


The SDG Impact springboard event in Oslo will gather Nordic investor support and build momentum to an upcoming global event in Stockholm.



Business for Peace is an international foundation based in Oslo that aims to support, inspire, and recognise global business leaders who are positively changing the face of business. At the centre of the Foundation’s activities is the annual Oslo Business for Peace Award, conferred to exceptional individuals who exemplify the Foundation’s concept of being businessworthy: ethically and responsibly creating value both for both business and society. An independent Award Committee, consisting of Nobel Laureates in peace and economics, selects the Award Honourees each year. The Foundation also hosts an annual Summit bringing together business leaders, investors, leaders of NGOs, politicians, academics, and civil society from all over the world to discuss the practical actions needed in order to make substantial and sustainable business contributions to society. 


For more information, interview requests, or photos please contact:  

Alison Uttley, 




The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) works in approximately 170 countries and territories, helping to achieve the eradication of poverty, and the reduction of inequalities and exclusion. UNDP helps countries to develop policies, leadership skills, partnering abilities, institutional capabilities and build resilience in order to sustain development results. This is a critical time for the world. At UNDP, we see this period as a huge opportunity to advance the global sustainable development agenda. In September 2015, world leaders adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity. UNDP is working to strengthen new frameworks for development, disaster risk reduction and climate change.  



For more information, interview requests, or photos please contact:

Eirik Talleraas, Head of Office, UNDP Nordic Representation Office, 

Christina LoNigro, Press Secretary, UNDP Executive Office,

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