CEO Round table UNGC

Global Compact Network Sweden (GCNS) arranged a CEO roundtable together with Lise Kingo, CEO & Executive Director of UN Global Compact. The objective of the meeting was to invite leading Swedish CEOs to help shape the UN Global Compact’s strategy and priorities and to discuss how Swedish businesses can enhance their leadership role in the initiative, both locally and globally. The companies that attended were: Mannheimer Swartling, Electrolux, Cybercom, Skanska, Vattenfall, Holmen, SSAB and Volvo Group.

The CEOs from Electrolux, Cybercom and Skanska shortly presented their sustainability efforts and vision for the future. The new Ambassador for Sustainable Business at the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs presented his thoughts on how to work together with companies the coming years.

It was expressed that integrating sustainability into the entire business model is the way forward and a competitive edge that create new opportunities. Electrolux has for example launched their “For the better 2030” strategy, which includes supporting the million users of their products every day in eating more sustainable, changing their habits and their clothes to last longer. Cybercom focus on “makers of tomorrow” and “heart in the next generation”. Their view is that a key to deliver on the Paris Agreement is thinking of companies as solution providers, and as of such focusing on the “handprint” of the company with circular economy models, not only on the “footprint”. Skanska measure green revenue and are at 46% today and their target is to be climate neutral 2045. They are confident that they will reach this target but further development within procurement and energy is seen as crucial to meet their goal.


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