Diversity on the work floor; How to make sure your female applicants make it to the final cut.
Swedish Chamber of Commerce Member Company Undutchables is very pleased to invite Swe-Cham and YP Members to a free seminar about Diversity on the work floor September 24, 2020.
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Diversity on the work floor; How to make sure your female applicants make it to the final cut.
24 September 2020 - Online via Zoom
From 10.00 - 11.00Presented by Wendy Broersen CEO and Founder of & our own expert Marjan Stoit - Sales & Recruitment Manager at Undutchables This webinar will be about; Diversity on the work floor; How to make sure your female applicants make it to the final cut. We all would like to see more female applicants and make sure there are female professionals on the short list. But how do you do that? In this talk Wendy Broersen addresses all phases of the hiring process and beyond, to highlight what you can do to make sure your shortlist has female applicants. Practical tips and insights are shared to make sure you get that number up and up the chances they will stay. To build that inclusive culture within your company you are aiming for. Looking forward to welcoming you at the webinar!
Program 10.00 Introduction 10.05 Diversity on the workfloor By Marjan Stoit 10.15 How to make sure your female applicants make it to the final cut- By Wendy Broersen 10.45 Wrap-up and Q&A 11.00 End
Registration and more information The webinar will be held via Zoom. You can register by Please feel free to contact us if you would like more information. Kirsten Jansen 06 282 383 35
Tech academies in Amsterdam: Solving lack of developers and lack of diversity at the same time
Stuck in a rut? Want to change careers? Amsterdam is home to plenty of tech academies where you can learn to code and kickstart your career as a programmer. But now, with the pandemic and all, is it the right time to invest in a drastic change of course? Codam, SALT and Techionista are three of them, all aiming to solve the severe lack of developers, as well as the severe lack of diversity in the tech world. We checked in with them to see how they fare during the past couple of months.
Tough times for tech academies?A made clear that COVID-19 already had some impact on the more than 20 tech academies in the Dutch capital. Without naming them, some of them mentioned a dip in revenue of financial woes, partly due to less students bringing in tuition. That is however not the experience of Lisa Stamm. She is head of communications at , based on Marineterrein in the heart of Amsterdam. “Since the coronavirus, we’ve seen an increase in applications. Many people see this as an opportunity to learn a new skill. I understand other tech academies have a tough time right now, because many are paid. If you’ve just lost a job, you probably don’t have an extra couple of thousand euros lying around. But at Codam, learning is for free.”
Read about Swedish Chamber of Commerce Memberabout fastrack developers careers and The importance of diversity in tech. At SALT they are actively striving for diversity, Lopez says: “We’ve had students from 33 nationalities since we started. Our current class consists of 35 percent women. It is something we really want to push, we also see that diversity is more important for the companies that are looking for talents. If you have teams consisting only of men in the same age, then everyone offers the same way of thinking. With different backgrounds, ages, nationalities, genders they can offer different solutions to a problem. You can then pick the best.” Source: SiliconCanals https://bit.ly/3jV5ucL
Welcome New Member
The Swedish Chamber of Commerce is very pleased to give a warm welcome to Maja Markovic, Finance & Business Transformation Leader, who has joined our Swedish - Dutch Business Network as Personal Member. We are looking forward to welcoming Maja Markovic to our upcoming events and to introduce her to our business network.
Online Handelsmissie Sustainable Buildings & Energy Systems to Denmark and Zweden
Energiebesparende bouw en renovaties vormen tot 2050 een enorme en uitdagende taak voor zowel de Deense als de Zweedse samenleving. De gestelde doelen vereisen een aanzienlijke investering, evenals een interdisciplinaire aanpak op basis van de medewerking van een groot aantal verschillende experts en professionals. Zie ook .Werk jij voor een MKB, scaleup of startup, scaleup bedrijf dat een technologie of service aanbiedt op het gebied van duurzaam bouwen en/of renoveren? Past het betreden van de Zweedse en/of Deense markt binnen jouw bedrijfsstrategie of wil je dat graag verder uitzoeken? Meld je dan vóór 14 september aan voor deze digitale handelsmissie!
HYBRIT: SSAB, LKAB and Vattenfall to start up the world’s first pilot plant for fossil-free steel
Vattenfall Press release 2020-08-31 15:29Today, SSAB, LKAB and Vattenfall are taking a decisive step toward fossil-free steelmaking with the start-up of HYBRIT’s globally unique pilot plant for the production of fossil-free sponge iron. Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven started up the plant together with Isabella Lövin, Minister for Environment and Climate and Deputy Prime Minister, Martin Lindqvist, President and CEO of SSAB, Jan Moström, President and CEO of LKAB and Magnus Hall, President and CEO of Vattenfall. SSAB, LKAB and Vattenfall aim to create a complete value chain for fossil-free steel.
“Right now we have a historic opportunity to do things that provide jobs here and now – but also hasten the climate transition that everyone realises is necessary. Today, you are laying the foundations that will enable the Swedish steel industry to be entirely fossil- and carbon dioxide- free in 20 years. Together we can rebuild Sweden as the world’s first fossil-free welfare nation,” says Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven. “This inauguration concretizes that the industrial transition is taking place as we speak, and that a fossil-free society is within reach. This unique project has generated a lot of international attention for Sweden. Through the Leadership Group for Industry Transition, which the UN has asked Sweden to lead, this has the opportunity to reverberate around the world,” says Isabella Lövin, Deputy Prime Minister and Climate Minister. “I’m incredibly proud that our globally unique pilot plant has now been completed. It is a milestone in the transition to fossil-free steel. We aim to be the first to market, in as early as 2026, with fossil-free steel. HYBRIT technology will enable us to eliminate carbon dioxide emissions in steelmaking and at the same time help our own customers to reduce their climate footprint. We have the chance to revolutionize the entire steel industry and show that net-zero emissions is possible. We must seize this chance,” says Martin Lindqvist, President and CEO of SSAB. “I am delighted that today we can start up the plant together with the realization that Swedish industry is leading the global transition to sustainable development and lower climate impact. For LKAB, HYBRIT is a step on our journey towards our goal of being a leading carbon-free actor in a fossil-free value chain in 2045. The pilot plant will play a decisive role before we can ramp up the technology for use on an industrial scale. The oxygen in the iron is the great challenge and we need to eliminate it,” says Jan Moström, President and CEO of LKAB. “A partnership like this shows how we can take the lead in the transition to innovative, fossil-free products. Vattenfall seeks to enable a fossil-free life within a generation, not just through fossil-free production but also through partnerships like HYBRIT, where we can use electricity as a source of innovation for a fossil-free future. Our fossil-free electricity and its conversion to hydrogen are key components here, not just for the steel but also because the storage of hydrogen can balance an electricity system with more weather-dependent power generation and increased capacity challenges. I am proud that everyone involved has made it possible to start up this plant today and I look forward to seeing fossil-free steel on the market,” says Magnus Hall, President and CEO of Vattenfall. Just over 2 years ago on June 20, 2018, the ground was broken to mark the start of building the pilot plant for fossil-free sponge iron (DRI/HBI) with financial support from the Swedish Energy Agency. At the plant, HYBRIT will perform tests in several stages in the use of hydrogen in the direct reduction of iron ore. The hydrogen will be produced at the pilot plant by electrolyzing water with fossil-free electricity. Tests will be carried out between 2020 and 2024, first using natural gas and then hydrogen to be able to compare production results. The framework for HYBRIT also includes a full-scale effort to replace fossil oil with bio oil in one of LKAB’s existing pellet plants in Malmberget in a test period extending until 2021. Preparations are also under way to build a test hydrogen storage facility on LKAB’s land in Svartöberget in Luleå, near the pilot plant. The HYBRIT initiative has the potential to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 10% in Sweden and 7% in Finland, as well as contributing to cutting steel industry emissions in Europe and globally. Today, the steel industry generates 7% of total global carbon-dioxide emissions. With HYBRIT, SSAB, LKAB and Vattenfall aim to create a completely fossil-free value chain from the mine to finished steel and to introduce a completely new technology using fossil-free hydrogen instead of coal and coke to reduce the oxygen in iron ore. This means the process will emit ordinary water instead of carbon dioxide. About HYBRIT Hybrit Development is a jointly owned company formed by the steel manufacturer SSAB, the mining company LKAB and the energy company Vattenfall. The purpose of the collaboration is to develop the world's first fossil-free ore-based steelmaking process. The by-product obtained by using fossil-free electricity and hydrogen instead of coke and coal in steel production is water instead of carbon dioxide. The project has the potential to reduce Sweden's total carbon dioxide emissions by ten percent. The HYBRIT project has been granted financial support from the Swedish Energy Agency. https://group.vattenfall.com/press-and-media/news--press-releases/pressreleases/2020/hybrit-ssab-lkab-and-vattenfall-to-start-up-the-worlds-first-pilot-plant-for-fossil-free-steel For more information:
Euroflorist Nederland BV New Regional Director Central Europe
The Swedish Chamber of Commerce is very pleased to welcome Jacqueline Bakker to our Swedish- Dutch business network. Jacqueline Bakker is new Regional Director Central Europe for Swedish Chamber Member company Euroflorist.
Annual SCI and World Trade Day brought together Swedish Chambers across the world
On August 25, 2020 Swedish Chambers International (SCI) hosted its annual SCI Day. The event this year held virtual, brought together 25+ international Swedish Chambers from across the world for workshops and best practice discussions. Extended international collaborations, challenges, exchange best chamber practice and of course how to add value to member companies were some of the topics discussed. The SCI Day which in normally hosted by the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce in Stockholm is traditionally followed by the World Trade Day. This year was no exception only again, this was held virtual. This year’s interesting program presented the results of the Global Business Climate Survey conducted on 24 markets around the world in collaboration with the Swedish Chamber of Commerce’s, Business Sweden and Swedish Embassies. Read more about the survey elsewhere on our website and in our latest Newsletter. About Swedish Chambers International (SCI) The Swedish Chambers International (SCI) represents a significant part of the Swedish business community, outside of Sweden. The SCI consist of Swedish Chambers of Commerce in 38 key locations where companies with Swedish connections do business. Our Swedish partner is the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce. A foreign chamber of commerce is a non-profit organization serving its corporate members. Large and small Swedish companies come together to work on issues that concern everyone. We strive to be a meeting platform for business contacts and social interaction. Our aim is to highlight and define growth potential for businesses around the world. We work with public bodies and other organizations - with the joint goal to expand the bilateral trade and economic exchange, essential for prosperity and development. The Swedish Chambers International Swedish chambers of Commerce all over the world. Swedish companies and Swedish brands are equally well known and respected as the country of Sweden. Wherever in the world you are - you are constantly reminded of Swedish companies and Swedish innovations. The SKF logo is clearly visible on a facade of Chongqing in China, Volvo buses rolls in Sao Paolo, Brazil, H&M opens a store in New York City, Ericsson has built telecom networks in Nairobi and IKEA stores are to be found in every major city - Swedish business is in the middle of a global change and development. Trade and exchanges with other countries - near and far - has been and is an important part of Sweden's success story.
Constructive’ talks as deal reached on third coronavirus support package
Ministers, unions and employers have reached agreement on a third round of government support for companies hit by the coronavirus crisis, with a new end date of July 1, 2021. As now, companies will be able to apply for help in paying wages under the NOW scheme if their turnover has gone down by at least 20%. Earlier leaks had suggested this would be cut to 30%. In addition, firms will be able to claim up to 90% of their wage bill. Again, there had been suggestions this would be cut, or gradually reduced. However, the payment does depend on employers committing to putting more money into retraining staff, so they can move to other jobs. According to broadcaster NOS, the impact of the measures will be looked at in January, and may be watered down then. However, employer chief Hans de Boer and the unions said they were pleased with the deal which offers a ‘solid’ commitment on retraining. And social affairs minister Wouter Koolmees said the discussions with unions and employers were ‘constructive’. The details of the agreement will be finalised in Friday’s cabinet meeting and later made public. Read more at DutchNews.nl: https://www.dutchnews.nl/news/2020/08/constructive-talks-as-deal-reached-on-third-coronavirus-support-package/ and at the Dutch Government: