INT’LINK SUPPLIER DIVERSITY
In cooperation with Sweden’s International Entrepreneur Association (IFS) and support from the US Embassy, AmCham has co-developed Sweden’s first supplier diversity program. Based on a business model started in the US in the 1970s, int’Link serves to introduce small immigrant-owned businesses into the supply chains of larger established companies.
Six AmCham Member companies helped co-develop int’Link, five of which participated in a year-long pilot in 2016:
- Hammarskiöld & Co
- IBM Sverige AB
- ICA Sverige AB
- Pfizer AB
- UPS Sweden AB
The ”int” in int’Link reflects both the international nature of its partners and the objectives of integrating small businesses into large company supply chains which, in turn, facilitates their integration into Sweden as a whole. Supplier diversity encompasses multiple areas that are high on corporate agendas, i.e. sustainability, diversity & inclusion, responsible sourcing, CSR, new business development and more, and also on government agendas such as job creation, integration and economic development.
int’Link will be formally open to all Swedish companies and government agencies in the fall of 2017, with IFS responsible for program management. AmCham will remain a key partner, with AmCham Members eligible for a 50% discount on their first year’s fee when joining int’Link at the Regular or Patron levels.
Companies interested in learning more are welcome to contact AmCham Vice Chairman Gary Baker at firstname.lastname@example.org or at
+46 70 212 5025.