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THE INCLUSION GAMES – NEW TOOL CREATING INCLUSIVE COMPANY CULTURE BY BUREAU DE WERKVLOER
Swedish Chamber Member Bureau de werkvloer has developed an online platform to help employers learn and experiment with how to create an inclusive culture in their own companies. The program consists of four games that cover different aspects of building and maintaining inclusive cultures.  In only 30 minutes per week participants, as a team or individually, compete to win prizes while they learn.   Diversity and inclusion are becoming ever more pressing issues in the workplace and are not yet easy goals to attain. The focus for many companies begins with hiring initiatives designed to broaden the diversity of their employee base. However, many of these new employees leave the company when they find that the culture remains exclusive.   When a company’s culture is inclusive everyone is able to take part in discussions and decisions regarding their work and the direction they wish to take. There is space for people to be themselves and to use their talents in the workplace. When the culture is such that there is no fear of recrimination and boundaries are respected on all sides, employees are able to discuss problems in the workplace without fear. In an inclusive culture, employee retention is improved, the company becomes more futureproof, and everyone involved is much happier.   Developing an inclusive culture is a worthwhile endeavour for any company.  By encouraging such a culture, a company can attract more employees, get the best out of their employees, make better connections with their clients, struggle less with employee retention, and increase  effectiveness, productivity, and innovation.     How can we help?   Bureau de werkvloer has developed an online platform to help employers learn and experiment with how to create an inclusive culture in their own companies. The program consists of four games that cover different aspects of building and maintaining inclusive cultures.  In only 30 minutes per week participants, as a team or individually, compete to win prizes while they learn.   The Inclusion Games consist of:  
  • Grand Slam, on the way to diverse craftsmanship: racism
  • Home Run, breaking the glass ceiling: the role of women in the workforce and at home
  • Triple Crown, breaking down barriers: physical disabilities in the workforce
  • Golden Goal, the gold at the end of the rainbow: the LGBTQI+ community
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Swedish Chamber Breakfast Meeting April 21, 2022
The Swedish Chamber thanks you for attending the Swedish Chamber of Commerce’s Chamber Executive Breakfast Meeting on climate change and sustainability Featuring H.R.H Prince Jaime de Bourbon de Parme, Climate Envoy for the Netherlands on April 21, 2022. The Swedish Chamber of Commerce would like to extend a warm thank you to H.R.H Prince Jaime de Bourbon de Parme for his very interesting and inspiring presentation on his role as Dutch Climate Envoy and the challenges we face looking forward.  We also would like to extend our sincere thanks to the Ambassador of Sweden, H.E. Mr. Johannes Oljelund for hosting the Swedish Chamber’s Executive Breakfast meeting at his beautiful residence and to all guests for their presence and valuable contributions to the discussions. As Climate Envoy, H.R.H. Prince Jaime de Bourbon de Parme is the dedicated representative of the Netherlands for climate diplomacy. He is to raise international climate ambitions and find common solutions for reducing greenhouse emissions and enhancing the regenerative power of nature. He also sits on the board of the Green Climate Fund, which assists developing countries in adaptation and mitigation. Jaime has an extensive diplomatic career in forging partnerships for innovative solutions to complex global challenges. As Senior Advisor for Private Sector Partnerships (2018-2021) to the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) his mission was to find private-sector solutions for refugees, among which access to clean energy. As the Ambassador of the Netherlands to the Holy See (Vatican, under the leadership of Pope Francis) he partnered on climate action, forced migration, and peace negotiations (2014-2018). As Special Envoy for Natural Resources (2011-2014), he initiated the Responsible Mining Index and set up conflict-free supply chains of metals and minerals in the Democratic Republic of Congo with the private sector and civil society. He was selected to be a member of the Cabinet of the European Commissioner for Competition (2005-2007), worked in the field as a political advisor to the Dutch Commander of the NATO Peacekeeping Mission in Afghanistan (2004), and helped set up the Netherlands Embassy in Iraq (2003). He has held various other roles in MENA, Africa, and Latin America.  

ABOUT THE SWEDISH CHAMBER EXECUTIVE BREAKFAST MEETINGS

The Swedish Chamber of Commerce Chamber Executive Breakfast Meetings bring together tailored and differently composed, intimate groups of business leaders for interactive discussions.  

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Stockholm 50+ It’s time for bold choices. It’s time for urgent action. It’s time for a better future on a healthy planet.
On 2 and 3 June 2022, a crucial international environmental meeting will be held in Stockholm, Sweden. Anchored in the Decade of Action, under the theme “Stockholm+50: a healthy planet for the prosperity of all – our responsibility, our opportunity,” this high-level meeting will follow months of consultations and discussions with individuals, communities, organizations and governments around the world. A one-day preparatory meeting was held at United Nations Headquarters in New York on 28 March 2022.   Stockholm+50 will commemorate the 1972 United Nations Conference on the Human Environment and celebrate 50 years of global environmental action. By recognizing the importance of multilateralism in tackling the Earth’s triple planetary crisis – climate, nature, and pollution – the event aims to act as a springboard accelerate the implementation of the UN Decade of Action to deliver the Sustainable Development Goals, including the 2030 Agenda, Paris Agreement on climate change, the post-2020 global Biodiversity Framework, and encourage the adoption of green post-COVID-19 recovery plans.
 
 
   
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Electrolux reports 78% reduction of greenhouse emissions in operations – and is four years ahead of plan
By the end of 2021, Swedish Patron Electrolux had reduced its absolute scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas emissions (direct and indirect in operations) by 78% compared to 2015. This means that the company is four years ahead of its 2025 plan for the science-based target of 80% reduction - the new Electrolux Sustainability Report 2021 revealed today.    Another highlight of the report is that the company’s scope 3 emissions (when products are in use) also decreased by around 20% compared to 2015, which puts Electrolux well on its way to meet its science-based target to reduce its scope 3 emissions by 25% in 2025. The report covers the company’s progress on its sustainability targets according to its For the Better 2030 sustainability framework. “The sustainability framework guides our journey to achieve a Better Company, Better Solutions and Better Living within society and to become climate neutral throughout our value chain by 2050,” says Electrolux CEO Jonas Samuelson. “Our focus and commitment have put us four years ahead of target in reducing our greenhouse emissions in operations and we will continue to build on this fantastic result.” During the year Electrolux was also recognized for its sustainability leadership with a prestigious A score for its actions on Climate and Water as well as a Supplier Engagement Leader by the global non-profit CDP. “I am particularly proud of the good progress we made toward our science-based target in 2021 and the leadership recognition we received from CDP,” says Vanessa Butani, VP Group Sustainability. “Also, our work to envision the future of better living together with young people during the year was important as it will help shape our sustainable innovation approach in the years ahead to meet the needs of future generations.” In 2021, Electrolux commissioned a survey of almost 14,000 young people from 13 countries to gain insight into their hopes and concerns for the future in the key themes of food, clothing care and wellbeing at home. The resulting Change-Makers Report highlighted a great deal of worries for the future among young people – but also a profound understanding of the challenges facing society and belief that they can be part of the solution. Their insights will be used to drive product innovation over the coming years to ensure Electrolux continues to shape better living by meeting the needs of young consumers. Read the full online report here:   Electrolux is a leading global appliance company that has shaped living for the better for more than 100 years. We reinvent taste, care and wellbeing experiences for millions of people, always striving to be at the forefront of sustainability in society through our solutions and operations. Under our brands, including Electrolux, AEG and Frigidaire, we sell approximately 60 million household products in approximately 120 markets every year. In 2021 Electrolux had sales of SEK 126 billion and employed 52,000 people around the world. For more information go to
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Government presents 2022 Spring Fiscal Policy Bill

On April 19, 2022 the Swedish Government presented the 2022 Spring Fiscal Policy Bill and the Spring Amending Budget for 2022. In light of the deteriorating security situation, the Government is presenting a budget to strengthen Sweden that includes both immediate investment and long-term measures to address societal challenges.

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is unprovoked, illegal and unjustifiable. The Government continues to support Ukraine, push for sanctions against Russia and strengthen Sweden, as it has since the start of the war. A stronger Sweden also requires a continued long-term struggle to address societal challenges. In the Spring Amending Budget, the Government proposes measures totalling SEK 31.4 billion. Together with the additional amending budgets the Riksdag has adopted since March this year and the Riksdag’s committee initiative on support to Ukraine, a total of SEK 35.4 billion has been allocated to strengthen Sweden and support Ukraine. “The Government is now presenting a budget to strengthen Sweden,” says Minister for Finance Mikael Damberg. “We’re continuing the greatest upgrade of our military defence since the Second World War and fortify society’s defences with strengthened civil preparedness and enhanced welfare. We’re accelerating the transition to fossil-free fuels for security, jobs and the environment. We’re also mitigating the war’s economic effects on Swedish households and businesses.”
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NATO membership decision draws closer as Finnish and Swedish leaders meet
  • Finland’s Prime Minister Sanna Marin met with Swedish PM Magdalena Andersson in Stockholm Wednesday to discuss defense and security policy, including the ongoing debate as to whether both countries should join NATO or not.
  • The meeting came as the Finnish government published a security analysis that will form the basis for a Finnish parliamentary decision on the NATO issue, and during the press conference Sanna Marin said it would be good if both countries made a similar choice, and with a similar timetable.
  • Both leaders emphasized that the countries' internal discussions and decisions regarding NATO membership are being made independently, but in close dialogue with each other.
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DANIELLA WALDFOGEL HAS BEEN APPOINTED NEW DEPUTY CEO OF THE STOCKHOLM CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Daniella Waldfogel has been appointed new deputy CEO of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce.   "With her strong drive, creative ability, and modern leadership, Daniella will be able to contribute to developing the Chamber of Commerce´s relevance and ability to make a difference," says Andreas Hatzigeorgiou, CEO of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce. The Stockholm Chamber of Commerce took the opportunity to ask what will be Danielle´s biggest focus in the new role. You will get the answer in the movie!   to get the answer and watch the video!    
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ALBERT HEIJN, BOL.COM AND BUDBEE INTRODUCE PARCEL LOCKERS
Albert Heijn, bol.com and Swe-Cham member Budbee will collaborate to make the collection and return of parcels easier. Across 700 large Albert Heijn stores, parcel lockers will be installed to allow customers to pick up and return their bol.com parcels – and parcels from other online shops connected to Budbee. With the partnership, the three brands want to further contribute to more sustainable and flexible delivery options in the fast-growing market of online shopping.   Jørgen Höppener, General Manager Benelux at Budbee: "At Budbee we are continuously looking for new opportunities to make the e-commerce sector greener and more customer friendly. Therefore, we are very proud to launch this in-store solution with such great Dutch partners. In combination with our technology, we are making sustainable online shopping available to an even larger group of people."   , to read more.
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