Peter Byrne, CEO, South Dublin Chamber, Margaret Considine, President, South Dublin Chamber, Martin Naughton, First Irish Winner of the Oslo Business for Peace Award, Ian Talbot, CEO Chambers Ireland at the awards ceremony in Oslo
At a ceremony in Oslo on the 16th May 2018, the Business for Peace Foundation declared its 2018 Honourees. Mr Martin Naughton was the first ever Irish Honouree by the Foundation following his nomination by South Dublin Chamber in conjunction with Chambers Ireland and the Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Peter Byrne, Chief Executive of South Dublin Chamber said: “Mr Naughton is a true business pioneer. From a modest start in Newry, he has created a global business which is now playing a significant role in the development of low-carbon, sustainable heating systems. His successful work in the spheres of education and the development of North-South and Irish-US relationships are a testament to his outstanding public-mindedness.”
Background to Foundation and Honourees:
The Business for Peace Foundation is an NGO based in Oslo which was created in 2007. Its mission is to support, inspire, and recognize the global business leaders who are positively changing the face of business.
The Oslo Business for Peace Honourees commenced in 2009. Mr Naughton is the first Irish Honouree. Previous honourees include Elon Musk, Emily Cummins, Sir Richard Branson, Durreen Shahnaz, Jeffrey Immelt and Ratan Tata.
The selection of Honourees is undertaken by an independent Award Committee comprising 5 Nobel laureates in Peace and Economics who are all outstanding role models within their respective fields, with a passion for improving society driving their endeavours. The 2018 panel comprised Ms Ouided Bouchamaoui, Dr. Shirin Ebadi, Professor Finn Kydland, Ms Leymah Gbowee, and Professor Eric Maskin.