Our programme

At a time of unprecedented challenges, the need for investors to contribute to help achieve the 17 U.N. Sustainable Development Goals is paramount and Business for Peace is paving the way with Future of Business. In support of its mission and vision, Business for Peace aims to accelerate the development of responsible business practices through the Future of Business programme. We aim to achieve this by increasing the awareness of the strengths of the businessworthy case, including drawing attention to business leaders who are leading the way.

The Future of Business exists to solve problems for the social impact space in alignment with the Sustainable Development Goals.

We aim to improve this space and community by:

→ Creating easier access to capital for entrepreneurs with an impact- driven agenda

→ Activating a global network of socially-oriented investors

→ Providing global role models, key leadership initiatives and convening high-level stakeholders

Creativity, collaboration, and empathy to move the world forward!

Currently in its pilot phase, the programme will host five investor forums across Africa in early 2021.

A main component of these forums is to implement the use of the SDG Investor Maps, where impact investors can connect and partner with local businesses to fund their sustainability challenges and increase long-term, in-country capital flows. SDG Impact provides investors and businesses the clarity, insights, and tools required to support and authenticate their contribution to achieving the SDGs.

Our matchmaking sessions combine the traditional elements of investing and purpose, thus providing a more collective understanding of how impact investing builds regenerative economies.

In tandem with this tailored matchmaking session, a local pitch competition for SDG-aligned startups will be hosted in collaboration with our local partners. This will be an opportunity for established businesses to share the specific sustainability challenge they need help addressing and/or funding.

Other pilot countries include Rwanda, Nigeria, Uganda, and Kenya.

The Future of Business's mission is to nurture this mindset change through three pillars:

Inspire

Inspire

Be inspired! We will highlight the higher purpose of business while increasing awareness about the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

Participants will be inspired by a growing global community of purpose-driven business leaders and entrepreneurs as we cast our focus to the Oslo Business for Peace Award. Our global network of Honourees and mentorship opportunities provide a positive forum to encourage businessworthy behavior.

Educate

Educate

Under the lens of educate, we aim to achieve a mindset change amongst business leaders, entrepreneurs, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) by introducing best practices, new tools, and new approaches.

We also provide access to tailor-made learning and innovation materials for investors, entrepreneurs, business leaders, SMEs, and a suite of partner-sourced databases for future investment.

SDG Impact has also developed an innovative tool to provide investors with country-level market intelligence that highlights key intersections between development need, policy priorities, and investor interest. Our programme implements these SDG Investor Maps to provide localized insight into sectors and market conditions that advance the SDGs. The methodology identifies Investment Opportunity Areas (IOAs) that correspond to the SDGs. These opportunities are backed by actionable data to guide investor decision-making.

Connect

Connect

Here, we build on the development of the UNDP SDG Impact pilot programme. We facilitate investor matchmaking and networking to stimulate collaboration and SDG-enabling investments by bringing investors, young entrepreneurs and corporations together. Connections worth making!

Our agenda

The Future of Business officially launched in Accra, Ghana on 6 October 2020 with official endorsements from both the Norwegian and Ghanaian governments.
Prime Minister of Norway, Erna Solberg, attending the Oslo Business for Peace Summit
"Programmes such as the Future of Business can unlock solutions to global challenges by leveraging the power of entrepreneurship and collaboration."– Erna Solberg, Prime Minister of Norway

The Future of Business is aimed at connecting investors with young entrepreneurs and SMEs that are driving global change to meet the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Supported by the Business for Peace Foundation, International Chamber of Commerce, and United Nations Development Programme the programme calls for a mindset change amongst business leaders, investors, and NGOs to shift their business module to one that is centered on being ethically responsible to create positive change in society. From governments to companies alike, more  SDG-friendly investments will enable businesses to help solve global challenges.

Our team

Marius Døcker

Marius Døcker

Managing Director at Business for Peace

Alison Uttley

Alison Uttley

Communications Director

Marike Strassar

Marike Stassar

Impact Programme Director

Caroline Pledger

Caroline Pledger

Events Manager

Edee Carey

Edee Carey

Communications Manager

Lorena Muñoz

Lorena Muñoz Carmona

Project Coordinator

Elise Skattum

Project Coordinator

Sigurd Tvete

Sigurd Tvete

External Relations Manager

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Our partners

The Future of Business is composed of a unique network of international partners.
Business for Peace Foundation

International Chamber of Commerce

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