INT’LINK SUPPLIER DIVERSITY
In cooperation with Sweden’s International Entrepreneur Association (IFS) and with 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 is now open to all companies with an official start from January 1, 2018, to be administered by IFS. Companies that commit by year-end 2017 to become int’Link Users will be permitted to use the designation ”int’Link Charter Company” as long as they are active in the program.
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.