Marilyn Carlson Nelson one of the 2014 Oslo Business for Peace Award Honorees

16 May 2014

MINNEAPOLIS/OSLO (May 16, 2014) – Marilyn Carlson Nelson, former Carlson Chief Executive Officer and chairman emeritus, is one of the 2014 Oslo Business for Peace Award Honorees. The award is the highest form of recognition given to individual business leaders for fostering peace and stability through creating shared value between business and society.

Carlson Nelson was nominated by the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) for her leadership promoting responsible business practices – ranging from advocacy for the abolition of sexual exploitation of children to guidance of the UNGC as an active board member. The five Honorees are selected by an independent committee consisting of Nobel Prize winners in peace and in economics. The Award was presented to the Honorees at the Business for Peace Summit on May 15 at Oslo City Hall. Trudy Rautio, President & CEO of Carlson, received the prestigious trophy on behalf of Marilyn Carlson.

The selected Honorees are described by Per L. Saxegaard, chairman, Business for Peace Foundation, as “business persons who, through their own actions and commitments, promote socially responsible and ethical business practices in an outstanding way, and stand out as examples to the world.”

“I am proud of the many contributions that the travel and hospitality industry has historically made to peace and stability in our world, from job creation to facilitating global commerce, promoting understanding between nations and in recent years, responding to a high calling – to protect the world’s children from human trafficking,” said Carlson Nelson. “This recognition is further affirmation that business is indeed a force for good, and I am greatly honored.”

The Business for Peace Foundation was established in 2007 to encourage the willingness of business leaders to engage with society as partners in developing shared value and increasing trust between business and society. The foundation has promoted the concept of “businessworthiness” as a way to understand how business leaders can develop trust with communities, contribute to well-being, and create conditions for sustainable development.

The Business for Peace Foundation is collaborating with the International Chamber of Commerce
(ICC), the City of Oslo, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Oslo Chamber of
Commerce, and International Herald Tribune (IHT).


Photo: Trudy Rautio (President & CEO, Carlson) and Thomas Engelhart (Area Vice President Nordics, Carlson Rezidor)

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