As the holidays approach, we at AmCham Sweden would like to express our gratitude for the collaboration and support our members have provided throughout this past year. It has been an incredibly fulfilling 12 months, and we are eagerly anticipating what the future holds for our organization.
2017 marks the 25th anniversary of our founding - a milestone we could not have reached without the steadfast support and engagement of you, our members. During the year ahead, we will be recognizing the individuals, companies and institutions in our network who helped establish AmCham as the Voice of American Business in Sweden and a strong proponent of transatlantic trade.
In recognition of this, we are offering a special, one-year Silver Sponsorship to all members -- and many of you have already signed up. Silver Sponsors will be highlighted throughout the year and in all of AmCham’s communication channels. To become a Silver Sponsor and solidify your company’s place as a leader in the Swedish-American business community, please click here for details.
As you know, AmCham has one overarching mission— to promote U.S.- Swedish trade & investment and U.S. commercial interests in Sweden. We champion transatlantic trade and our members who make it happen. And we strive to connect people, facilitate the sharing of best practices, and to foster innovation, and, ultimately, the creation of shared value.
Naturally, we remain in the vanguard of promoting and protecting our members’ interests, from advocating for the TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership) agreement and competitive tax policies, to bolstering intellectual property rights. While we have enjoyed success, our work is not done.
We continue to promote free trade, to combat the illegal downloading and streaming of copyrighted content, to defend trademarks, and to push for smart regulations and tax policy. What is more, we work every day to facilitate competitiveness and innovation, share best practices on sustainability and governance, and to shape the workforce and workplace of the future. From the Executive Forum to our Almedalen platform, the work we do throughout our network facilitates more opportunities for networking, knowledge sharing, and issue advocacy.
Now, following our move into a new collaborative workspace at United Spaces this fall we have reached the end of the beginning of our transformation into a 21st Century hub for Swedish-American business.
Over the past year AmCham has:
Revamped our membership structure to provide a clearer value proposition;
Deeply engaged with members and stakeholders;
Established AmCham as a platform for visiting executives from Patron member companies;
Expanded our network — welcoming dozens of new members — more and more of whom tell us they were encouraged to join by other members; and
Advocated for issues such as establishing a preclearance facility at Arlanda Airport and bolstering intellectual property protection.
While we are witnessing pushback against globalization, there is also opportunity in these uncertain times - for businesses large and small. Indeed, the flow of ideas and data in the era of digitalization is filled with opportunity. And we stand ready to work with public and private sector partners to grow the economy and create jobs.
Our role as an advocate for trade is more important than ever. With that in mind, we should take a moment and reflect on our history.
More than 230 years ago, Sweden and the United States established a commercial alliance that made Sweden the first European power to voluntarily recognize and befriend the United States. For more than two centuries the U.S. and Sweden have had a strong friendship that has thrived and established deep roots that form a robust network of connections. And the fundamentals of that friendship and those of the transatlantic relationship are strong.
As we close out the year, I want to thank you — our members, partners, and friends — for your support, and in particular, I would like to thank:
The members of our Board of Directors for their tireless work on behalf of AmCham and their steady support and wise counsel.
The U.S. Embassy for countless connections, access to thought leadership, and more.
My colleagues: Jacob, Randy, and Stéphanie for their dedication in forging meaningful connections, and providing opportunities for knowledge sharing, learning, and advocacy.
Our Members, who are the essence of our dynamic and growing community
We are fortunate to work with your organizations as you address the multitude of challenges facing Swedish-American businesses today. From innovating sustainable business models, to life saving medicines and equipment. From intelligent solutions for getting the most out of big data, to working to integrate immigrants into the workforce, and shaping the workforce of the future. Your work and thought leadership inspires us while it drives economic growth and development, and your expertise drives the progress of our Working Committees.
We are grateful for your continued support and look forward to working with you for the next quarter century and beyond.