Business for Peace Conference Agenda

15 May at 08:30-15:30
DOGA, Hausmanns gate 16, 0182 OSLO

The Conference offers participants the opportunity to learn from and engage in dialogue with experts on the topic of imbalance with an aim to broaden their mindset and discover tangible actions. During the Conference we will explore different perspectives on imbalances and examine how technology and investments can affect inequality.

 
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UNRAVELLING THE THEME

09:00-09:15

We live in an imbalanced world. New challenges are arising at an unprecedented pace. We need to mobilise leaders and develop new models of collaborative leadership to find pathways for more inclusive and sustainable growth. Business leaders have an essential role to play but cannot work in silos to solve global problems. In order for them to make informed and resilient decisions, leaders will need to see how different imbalances affect one another and understand their complexity.

Speakers

Dag Dyrdal, Managing Director, Business for Peace Foundation
Steve Killelea, Founder and Executive Chair, Institute for Economics and Peace

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BUSINESS ACTIONS TO
TACKLE IMBALANCES

09:15-10:00

What is imbalance? This broad term can be interpreted from many different perspectives, and indeed will be in this session. Speakers from organisations with very different missions, but all with a vision to create a better future, will share their views on how to tackle inequality. While showing the complexity of the challenges we face, we will also explore different ways that business leaders can navigate these imbalances.

REFLECT (09:15-09:45)

Speakers are individually given the stage to share their perspective on an imbalance they encounter in their work, while encouraging participants to reflect on what actions they can take within their own work.

Speakers

Ilian Mihov, Professor of Economics, and Dean, INSEAD (moderator)
Sharan Burrow, General Secretary, International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC)
Zainab Hussain Siddiqui, Director Sustainability, Telenor Group
Hazami Barmada, Founder and CEO, Humanity Lab Foundation
Brian Iselin, Founder, slavefreetrade

DISCUSS (09:45-10:00)

Experts in journalism, technology and workers’ rights will share their points of view on imbalances and engage in a discussion. Perhaps seemingly disparate imbalances are not so disconnected after all.

Speakers

Ilian Mihov (moderator)
Sharan Burrow
Zainab Hussain Siddiqui
Nic Dawes, Managing Director (Acting) and Deputy Executive Director for Media, Human Rights Watch (HRW)

 
 
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MEET THE SPEAKERS
COFFEE BREAK

10:00-10:30

Engage in discussions with the morning’s speakers. Each speaker will be at their own coffee table where participants can join them to converse further. Coffee and refreshments will be served.

 
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INTERVIEW: RALLYING
FOR DIVERSITY

10:30-11:00

It is not news that there are clear social and business cases for having a diverse and inclusive workforce and supply chain, yet many businesses have been slow to change. When we know that diversification and inclusion are essential to reducing inequality, why are there still barriers? In an intimate interview, speakers with global operations will share how they have diversified their organisations and what benefits and challenges they have faced while doing so.

Speakers

Mary Meaney, Senior Partner, Paris, McKinsey & Company
Emilie Anker Stordalen, Project Manager, Nordic Choice Hotels, Strawberry
Alice Laugher, CEO, CTG (Committed to Good) and 2019 Business for Peace Honouree

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HOW WILL TECHNOLOGY
IMPACT OUR FUTURE?

11:00-11:45

Recent decades have seen the exponential development of technology. How have new technologies enabled society and businesses to change over the last 20 years? What will technology allow us to do in the future? We need to ensure that human needs are at the centre of these developments. We should develop technology that reduces imbalance, but how can we ensure this occurs? Technology can have a positive impact such as enabling more people to join the workforce, but it can also have grave societal consequences such as manipulation of individuals’ decisions. These are some of the topics that these tech-savvy speakers will discuss.

REFLECT (11:00-11:15)

Two speakers will share their thoughts on how the development of technology until now has enabled us to change and what the possibilities are for the future.  

Speakers

Tim O’Reilly, Founder, CEO, and Chairman, O’Reilly Media
Shelley McKinley, General Manager, Technology and Corporate Responsibility, Microsoft

DISCUSS (11:15-11:45)

Experts and disrupters in digital technology and cyber security will share their different points of view and engage in a discussion on what the future may look like. While the development of technology is exponential, what are the benefits and the pitfalls to look out for?

Speakers

Tim O’Reilly (moderator)
Shelley McKinley
Carlos Creus Moreira, Co-Founder, CEO and Chairman, WISeKey
Finn Lützow-Holm Myrstad, Director of Digital Policy, Norwegian Consumer Council and EU Co-Chair of the Infosoc Policy Committee, Transatlantic Consumer Dialogue
Sue Marshall, CEO, Abodoo

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MEET THE SPEAKERS


LUNCH

11:45-12:45

Engage further with today’s speakers. Each speaker will be at a lunch table where participants can join them for a deeper discussion.
A buffet lunch will be served.

 
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DEEP-DIVE SESSIONS

12:45-13:45

These parallel sessions provide an opportunity to dive deeper into one of three topics and engage in discussions with expert speakers on potential solutions.

TO TECH, OR NOT TO TECH. IS THAT THE QUESTION?

Digital technology is often thought of as a positive development, but lately there have been increasing concerns about security and safety. Are we building a future of technological grandeur at the expense of what makes us human, or are we building a future of human grandeur with the help of innovative technology? There are many ways to use technology to create a better future, but also ways to use it to create chaos. The path we collectively choose will determine whether our future is bleak or bright.

Speakers

Carlos Creus Moreira, Co-Founder, CEO and Chairman, WISeKey (moderator)
Kimberly Lein-Mathisen, General Manager, Microsoft Norway
Tom Jenen, Managing Director, United for News
Brian Iselin, Founder, slavefreetrade

A BETTER FUTURE FUELLED BY INVESTMENT

Investment, banking, and finance – these are terms that have not always been associated with a cleaner world or a sustainable future. In this session, participants will discuss how to use the SDGs as value creators for positive investments.

Speakers

Anna Ryott, Chair, Summa Equity (moderator)
Reynir Indahl, Founder and Managing Partner, Summa Equity
Åsa Wallenberg, Head of Funds, Storebrand Asset
Martin Skancke, Chair, Principles for Responsible Investment and FSB Task Force member

NEGOTIATING A NEW SOCIAL CONTRACT

The social contract—the unofficial agreement shared by everyone in a society that prescribes individuals’ rights and duties to maintain peace and safety—that has governed many societies since the two World Wars is being challenged. While the causes of the breakdowns vary, they all point to the need to rebuild trust in our politics, our economics, and a renewed social contract to provide citizens with a greater sense of security and confidence in the face of social and economic insecurity. A new social contract will bring different demands and new responsibilities for business leaders to navigate around issues of human rights, sustainability and environmental resources. How can business leaders contribute in the negotiation of a new social contract?

Speakers

Sharan Burrow, General Secretary, International Trade Union Confederation (moderator)
Phil Bloomer, Executive Director, Business & Human Rights Resource Centre 
Fiona Reynolds, CEO, Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI)
Dilhan C. Fernando, CEO, Dilmah Tea and Trustee, MJF Foundation

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COFFEE BREAK

13:45-14:15

Enjoy a break on the patio. Coffee and refreshments will be served.

 
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REFLECTION ON LEADERSHIP

14:15-14:30

After hearing different perspectives on what imbalances exist and diving deeper into specific topics, it is time to reflect on what business leaders can do. One of the Foundations’ inaugural Honourees, Anders Dahlvig, will share how he led the development of future-looking businessworthy strategies at IKEA by establishing ethical foundations.

Speaker

Anders Dahlvig, Chairman, Inter IKEA Group and 2009 Business for Peace Honouree

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INVESTING IN A MORE
BALANCED FUTURE

14:30-15:30

Achieving the 2030 Agenda and creating a world that is more sustainable, equitable and prosperous requires a fundamental rethinking of global financial flows. Investors must be enabled to adapt their strategies to deliver not only financial results, but positive social and environmental outcomes. Up until now there has not been a standardized or consistent approach to defining and measuring impact.

The SDG Impact Initiative was designed to help meet this challenge. By providing investors and businesses with the clarity, insights, and tools required to support and authenticate their contribution toward achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, SDG Impact’s vision is a world in which all capital flows advance the 2030 Agenda. SDG Impact will enable more effective investing in the global good by driving consistency and accountability. As an official partner of this initiative, the Business for Peace Foundation brings this global initiative forward in the Nordic region, starting with a springboard to gain further momentum.

Moderator: Ylva Lindberg, Executive Vice President of Communication and Strategy, Norfund

REFLECT (14:30-15:00)

Leaders of global investment and sustainability organisations, will share why it’s critical for Nordic organisations to rally around and accelerate this initiative now.

Speakers:

Achim Steiner, Administrator, United Nations Development Programme
Fiona Reynolds, CEO, Principles for Responsible Investment
Ole Lund Hansen, Chief of Global Operations, United Nations Global Compact
John Denton, Secretary-General, International Chamber of Commerce

DISCUSS (15:00-15:30)

Speakers from leading Nordic investment firms discuss why they are supporting the SDG Impact initiative and how it will influence their work and the world.

Speakers:

Reynir Indahl, Managing Partner, Summa Equity
Ylva Lindberg, Executive Vice President of Communication and Strategy, Norfund
Anna Ryott, Chair, Summa Equity
Jan Erik Saugestad, EVP, Storebrand ASA, and CEO, Storebrand Asset Management
Christian Sinding, CEO and Managing Partner, EQT Partners
Sverre Thornes, CEO, KLP