The Business for Peace Summit and Award 2014 has now come to a successful, captivating and inspiring end. All three central events – the Roundtable on “The new imperative: Creating Shared Value”, the Award Ceremony in the Oslo City Hall and the Honourees’ Dinner at Akershus Fortress – on May 15 have, next to the numerous smaller side events, created a series of beautiful experiences and memories.

In order to realize an endeavour of such magnitude, a collection of outstanding individuals and organisations came together, and the Business for Peace Foundation would like to take this opportunity to laud their efforts and pay our gratitude for their work.

We would like to thank our partners the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), which have been crucial in the process of identifying and suggesting nominees for the 2014 Business for Peace Award.

Furthermore, we would like to thank the City of Oslo for their support and the possibility to host the prestigious Oslo Business for Peace Summit and Award in the Oslo City Hall.

Our gratitude goes also to the organisations and individuals that have enabled the Business for Peace Foundation through their contributions to implement such a significant event as the Oslo Business for Peace Summit and Award. These organisations and individuals are: The Abraaj Group, EQT, Altor, Verdane, LGT, Charterhouse and Argentum.

In the same way we would like to extend our thankfulness to the Oslo Chamber of Commerce, which has supported the work of the Business for Peace Foundation not only financially, but also through their manpower and network.

The Business for Peace Foundation would also like to thank the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for their contributions, the reception at Professorboligen (thanks to the University of Oslo) and for the Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs’ participation in the Roundtable event.

We would also like to thank our global media partner, the International New York Times, for their coverage and partnership with the Business for Peace Foundation.

A warm thank you goes to Sigla and Ylva Lindberg, who superbly moderated the Roundtable and to Nik Gowing for his professional facilitation of the Award Ceremony.

Another big thank you goes also to the independent Award Committee and in particular Shirin Ebadi and Leymah Gbowee who have been able to join us during the festivities in the Oslo City Hall this year.

Moreover, we would like to say thank you to Telenor, who has designed and published the Foundation’s new website, and Zeepia, who has provided an interactive Event Suite solution that has been used during the Roundtable as well as the Award Ceremony in the Oslo City Hall.

Another organisation we would like to show our gratitude towards is Accenture. Their expertise and support in developing a Social Media Communication Strategy has been greatly appreciated and has already been implemented during the Business for Peace Summit and Award 2014.

Finally, we would like to announce our gratitude to all the voluntary helpers, the Social Media team and the Hosts/Hostesses for helping to make the Business for Peace Summit and Award 2014 a great success.

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