For nearly four decades, top U.S. companies have been demonstrating their corporate social responsibility by dedicating a percentage of their annual purchasing from minority- and women-owned businesses.
Could a similar concept serve as a role model for Swedish businesses?
This subject is now being discussed for a roundtable discussion that is to be held in cooperation with the U.S. Embassy in Stockholm at the Ambassador’s residence on January 28, 2014. U.S. Ambassador Mark Brzezinski has invited top leaders from 50 companies in Sweden to attend. The goal of the discussion is to establish a pilot program with 15 to 20 companies, AmCham Sweden members among them, that would promote economic development and supply chain stability in Sweden.
If the pilot program is initiated, it will be managed for AmCham Sweden by the Corporate Responsibility Working Group. The program touches on all three aspects of the group’s areas of focus: Diversity, CSR and Sustainability.
The pilot program in Sweden would also be organized in collaboration with Internationella Företagsföreningen i Sverige(IFS). IFS has been enabling entrepreneurship among Sweden’s immigrants since 1996 and is perhaps best known for its Årets Nybyggare program that culminates each year with an award ceremony. King Carl Gustav presents an award to Sweden’s top immigrant-owned company at this time.
As more details of this roundtable discussion are made available, news will be communicated to member companies of AmCham Sweden.
The Corporate Responsibility Working Committee wouldalso like to welcome two new members to the group:
- Sandra Hein, a Senior Associate with Advokatfirman Hammarskiöld & Co. She's worked extensively with Sweden's Code for Corporate Governance.
- Catharina Kronström, Senior Commercial Advisor in the U.S. Commercial Service at the US Embassy. Catharina has previously served in various AmCham Sweden roles through the years.