June 12, 2019 Breakfast Meeting
The Swedish Chamber of Commerce was very pleased to host a Breakfast meeting on June 12, 2019 together with Embassy of Sweden in The Hague for the members of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce and the diplomatic relations of the Swedish Embassy. We would like to thank Cees Westera and Gieneke Talsma, PublicMatters for sharing their thoughts on the results of EU-election. A big thank to Ambassador Annika Markovic for her generous hosting and fantastic breakfast and to all participants for taking part in the discussions and making this event to a success. For more Event pictures welcome to visit Past Event
IKEA Foundation 10 Years
On June 6, 2019 the IKEA Foundation celebrated its 10th anniversary with their partners, co-workers and friends. In 2009, we expanded our charter and shifted the focus of our grantmaking to create opportunities for children in some of the world’s poorest communities. Since then, we have worked with many partners who have all made an incredible contribution towards realising the vision of our founder—Ingvar Kamprad—to create a better everyday life for the many people. We would like to thank all our partners for their commitment. After a decade of learning, growing and exploring, we are now embarking on a new strategic direction that will help us address the two biggest threats to children’s futures: poverty and climate change. Moving forward, our aims are to enable families to afford a better life while protecting the planet. Since families living in poverty are especially vulnerable to climate-related disasters and other devastating events, we also support emergency-relief efforts and longer-term programmes that help refugees and other displaced people become self-reliant in their new communities. We are excited about the future of the IKEA Foundation and about all the possibilities that lie ahead. Much remains to be done…and now is the time to do it. Per Heggens post on Linkedin June 10, 2019
June 6, 2019 Swedish National Day
On June 6, 2019 The Swedish Embassy organised a fantastic RE-DRESS Sustainable Fashion Event at the beautiful Swedish Residence int the Hauge. The clothes swapping and sustainable fashion event offered a possibility to revitalise your closet in a fun and climate-friendly way. The RE-DRESS concept is a fun and social activity that helps reduce our impact on the environment. Re-Dress was followed by a reception celebrating the Swedish National Day.
Newsletter No. 10 | June 2019 out now!
Newsletter No. 10 is out now, read about Prince Constantijns visit to Epicenter Stockholm, our latest board meeting and RSVP to all of our fantastic upcoming events!
Welcome New Swedish Chamber Member!
The Swedish Chamber of Commerce is very pleased to welcome Nathalie Hermansson as a new personal member of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce! Mrs. Nathalie Hermansson Looking forward to welcoming you to our upcoming events.
New address Embassy of Sweden the Hague
The Swedish Embassy in the Hague has moved to new premises per May 28, 2019.
Swe-Cham visits Volvo Cars Beesd
Ehsan Turabaz and Kerstin Gerlagh were very pleased to visit Herrik van der Graag, General Manager Volvo Cars B.V. in Beesd on May 29 for an business update and to discuss future collaborations. In the view of Swedish values Herrik van der Graag also informed about Volvo' s big step earlier this month to launch a paid gender-neutral parental leave policy for all sales company employees in the EMEA region (Europe, Middle East and Africa), offering mothers and fathers a total of six months of leave with 80 per cent pay. The new Volvo Cars policy is more generous and inclusive than most existing national parental leave policies in Europe and is the first of its kind in the car industry and is inspired by national legislation in Volvo Cars’ home market of Sweden, famous around the globe for its generous parental leave arrangements, which have delivered tangible benefits for parents and children alike in recent decades. The new policy forms part of Volvo Cars’ ambitious people strategy, aimed at attracting and retaining the best people. Volvo Cars aims to position itself as an employer of choice to both existing and future employees by offering one of the most generous and inclusive paid parental leave packages.
Prince Constantijn of Oranje, Startup Delta visits Stockholm
On May 27-28 Prince Daniel of Sweden welcomed Prince Constantijn of the Netherlands to Stockholm for a two-days visit to a number of Swedish companies, institutions and communities on the topic of Entrepreneurship. Both the Royalties are supporting entrepreneurship in their respective home countries. In 2013 Prince Daniel and the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA) launched Prince Daniel's Fellowship and an entrepreneurial program. The aim of the project is to inspire young people to become entrepreneurs, and to support a number of companies through mentoring. Constantijn van Oranje leads StartupDelta, the accelerator for the startup ecosystem in the Netherlands and advises companies and the European Commission on their digital innovation strategies. He is a regular speaker at national and international tech conferences and holds a number of positions in both the public and private sector. He is StartupDelta Special Envoy since July 2016. He is appointed by the Dutch Government to make The Netherlands the European epicenter of innovation, with the best climate for entrepreneurs to start, build, grow and internationalize their businesses. In May 2018 Prince Daniels was invited to the Netherlands to attend the seminar ‘’Startup Summit Sweden-Netherlands” organized by the Embassy of Sweden in the Netherlands, the Swedish Chamber of Commerce and the Dutch Ministry of Economy, Agriculture and Innovations which took place at the digital innovation house Epicenter Amsterdam. Last week Prince Daniel saw a chance to invite Prince Constantijn to continue the discussions on entrepreneurship and digitalization in Stockholm. The visit included visits to Norrsken House, a non-profit Foundation with a strong belief in Effective Altruism. Norrsken House support and invest in both for-profit businesses and non-profit organizations, with a positive impact on society. The second day of their tour they visited Epicenter Stockholm, a community of digital scale-ups, corporates, intrapreneurs and entrepreneurs and met with the founders Patrick Mesterton and Ola Ahlvarsson and some of the inspiring companies active at this digital innovation house. Epicenter had also invited some of the members from Epicenter Amsterdam including the Swedish Chamber of Commerce for the Netherlands to take part in the program and to discuss digitalization, investments, innovation and community values. Last stop for the two Princes on day two was a visit to Hyper Island a Swedish where individuals and organizations are prepared to anticipate and adapt today to the changes of tomorrow. The Swedish Chamber of Commerce would like to thank Epicenter Stockholm and Amsterdam for the invitation to be part of the inspiring program at Epicenter Stockholm to meet many new companies and connect with amazing entrepreneurs for future collaborations. A big thank to Volvo's M, SALT, Result, Undutuchables Sweden, Google, Microsoft and all other great companies participating. Photo by Epicenter Stockholm