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Summary from well-attended event on Decent Work

On October 30th Global Compact Network Sweden held a roundtable on Engagement and Dialogue on Decent Work in a Global Context together with the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs at Mannheimer Swartling in Stockholm.

The event was fully booked with nearly 50 participants representing a wide range of companies, both from sustainability and procurement as well as lawyers. The focus of the meeting was Decent work and aimed at exploring how companies can take actions and develop tools that will have impacts on workers’ lives.

Maria Collin, Executive Director of GCNS welcomed the members and gave an introduction to the UN Global Compact and the Swedish network.

The first speaker of the day was Eva Karlsson, CEO of Houdini Sportswear. Eva gave an interesting presentation about Houdini’s overall approach to sustainability as deeply integrated to the core business, with the planetary boundaries, Oxfam’s donut and the SDGs as a basis for the company’s sustainability work.

Eva stated that today, clothes aren’t used, they are consumed. As an example On average, garments are worn 7-10 times in the western world, compare to the global average of 140 times, whereas the average use of Houdini garments is closer to 1300 times. Eva acknowledged that Houdini’s products might be expensive, but pointed out that “it’s expensive to care!”.

From a value chain perspective Eva said that Houdini’s success factors for a sustainable value chain is long-term relations with the suppliers based on trust, transparency and shared values and goals. In terms of environmental impact, Eva asked the question: “Did we lose common sense in business?” and stressed the need for businesses to “reconnect with nature”.

Mari-lou Dupont, Senior Manager, Decent Work and Supply Chain Sustainability at UN Global Compact visited GCNS from the UNGC head office in New York and introduced the UNGC’s Action Platform on Decent Work in Global Supply Chains as well as the Engagement Toolkit on Decent Work.

The rationale behind the action platform is that Global Supply chains are of the most important levers for business to create positive impact in the world, with an estimated 80% of global trade passing through them annually. The action platform has been running for two years and is intended to provide members a way to engage on a more international level.

Furthermore, Mari-Lou presented the Engagement Toolkit for Responsible Procurement as the “masterpiece” of the action platform. The toolkit will be launched in February 2020 and made publicly available. It is intended to enable procurement staff and their suppliers to take action for improved conditions for workers in supply chains, by increasing understanding and facilitating dialogue with suppliers.

The participant also got to share their view on the biggest risks and challenges when it comes to Decent Work, which included issues such as modern slavery, child labour, excessive overtime and working with suppliers further upstream rather than 1st tier supplier. A key take away from the presentation was the importance of integrating Decent Work in procurement decisions.

Next the participants got to listen to how Volvo Cars work with Decent Work in their supply chain. As one of the founding companies of UN Global Compact, Volvo has also been active in the Decent Work Action Platform from the start. Pernilla Eriksson, Procurement Sustainability Manager and Anna-Maria Ericsson, Labour Affairs Expert held gave a very concrete insight into Volvo’s work.  

Volvo engage in the action platform since the company realise that a great part of the company’s impact comes from the supply chain, as 70 % of added value comes from external suppliers.

As part of Volvo’s work with Decent Work, they have identified supplier stakeholders with exposure to supply chain challenges and initiated engagement forums over a 2 year period where the focus is on dialogue.

Pernilla and Anna-Maria gave examples of very practical ways to engage the issues together with their suppliers. Volvo has initiated two active engagement forums; “Grievance channels”, which aims to improve ways to report irregularities, and a forum focusing on mitigating risks of forced labour.

The event also included an interactive session where the participants got to discuss and try to resolve different dilemmas around Decent Work, which resulted in many interesting perspectives and ideas around the table.

The seminar was concluded with a presentation of UN Global Compact overarching strategies and values proposition by Thorin Schriber, Participant Engagement Manager from the UN Global Compact Office in New York. Thorin set the scene by showing examples of how sustainability is becoming a prerequisite for long-term success for companies. He explained UNGC’s mission to spread and implement the Ten Principles and the SDGs and gave examples of how new sectors use the Ten Principles: e.g. Blackrock, one of the world’s largest asset managers has started to use the Ten Principles to screen there assets.   

UNGC has identified companies’ need for tools and education to advance their work which is provided through the Academy. Going forward, UNGC will continue to build trust and promote transparency, support in meeting the SDG’s and work to shape the global agenda. In 2020, UNGC’s biggest focus will be on gender equality and closing the gender gap.

Thorin closed the event by emphasising on the importance of leaderships, giving Greta Thunberg’s speech at UN General Assembly as an example witnessed first hand. “Everything is about leadership”.


Global Compact Nordic Meeting 2019

Global Compact Network Finland are happy to invite all members of the local Nordic networks to the Nordic Meeting 2019!

This year’s main theme is “New challenges & New solutions”:

  • Digitalization & solutions
  • Sustainability & new challenges
  • Climate change & business drivers

Conference program

Program – Thursday 31 October
13.00 –
Welcome & kick off
Sami Lundgren, Chair of Board, Global Compact Network Finland
Timo Vuori, Coordinator (interim), Global Compact Network Finland
13.10 – 14.00Global Compact – latest development and way forward
Lessons learned from the Global Compact strategy – so far
News from Global Compact local networks
Value proposition of Global Compact for Nordic companies
Thorin Schriber, Manager, Participant Engagement, UN Global Compact

Nordic Business and the 2030 Agenda – Key Results of Nordic Survey
Joachim Marc Christensen, Network Manager, Global Compact Network Denmark

Greetings from other Nordic Global Compact Networks
Maria Collin, Executive Director, Global Compact Network Sweden
Kim Gabrielli, Executive Director, Global Compact Network Norway
14.00 –
14.15 –
Sustainability in practice – new trends in circular economy
Moderated by Jaana Tyynismaa, Country Director, Environment & Health, Ramboll Finland

Circular Economy flash quiz

Vision on Perfect Circular Economy – Carbon-Neutral Circular Economy
Ernesto Hartikainen, Senior Lead, SITRA – Finish Think Tank

Circular economy, different angles in the value chain
Case 1 – Full life-cycle of the equipment, long lifetime, service- and recyclability, scrap materials & new business opportunities
Kaisa Jungman, Director, Sustainable Business Development, Metso Corporatain

Case 2 – Exciting Consumers through circular business models
Leni Valsta, Senior Vice President, Scandinavian Living Business, Fiskars Group

Case 3 – Manufacturing opportunities – new recycling innovation in technology and other circular economy examples
Heli Nykänen, Manager, Group Sustainability and capital Investments Ahlstram-Munksja

Kahoot quiz / Word cloud (Menti)
16.00 –
Break for refreshment & networking
16.30 –
Climate change – what is relevant for companies now?
Moderated by Rasmus Valanka, Head of Corporate Responsibility, Kemira Corporation

Business Climate Action for Our Only Future
Heidi Huusko, Senior Manager, Environment and Climate, UN Global Compact

Sustainable Finance Architecture – what should business know about it?
Aila Aha, Executive Advisor on Sustainability, Nordea and Member of European Commissions’s Technical Expert Group on Sustainable Finance

Latest Trends of TCFD Reporting
Jussi Nokkala, Sustainability & Climate Change Leader, PwC
19.30 –
Global Compact Nordic dinner

Program – Friday 1 November

08.45 – 09.30
Transportation to Nokia Executive Experience Center by bus

09.45 –
Digitalization and technology
Moderated by Eija Pitkänen, Sustainability, Ethics & Compliance, Risk Officer, Telia Company

Welcome & Business digitalization and Ethics
Nassib Abou-Khalil, Senior Vice President, Member of Nokia Group Leadership Team, Nokia

Nokia sustainability & human rights processes to prevent misuse of technology
Karoliina Loikkanen, Head of Sustainability, Nokia
Fiona Cura-Pitre, Head of Human Rights, Nokia

Digitalization in supply chain sustainability:
1. Data analytics for sustainable supply chain management
2. Supplier sustainability performance data with robotics and AI
Laura Puustjärvi, Head of Sustainability, Valmet
Johanna Pirinen, Senior Vice President, Sustainable Sourcing and Logistics, Stora Ensa

Responsible sales – Volvo Group
Venki Vaithianathan, Corporate Responsibility Director, Volvo Group

Q & A + discussion

11.15 –
Conclusion – the way forward – Global Compact Nordic 2020

11.30 –
Demos in Nokia labs – technology solutions

12.15 –
Bye bye networking buffet lunch

Practical information

Date: 31 October and 1 November 2019.


31 October – Scandic Park Helsinki, Mannerheimintie 46, Helsinki

1 November – Nokia Executive Experience Center, Karaportti 8, Espoo

Who may participate: All employees of Participants or Signatories (members) in UN Global Compact.

Registration: Registration 15 October at the latest here.


30 October – Roundtable Engagement and Dialogue on Decent…

30 October 13:00-16:00 at Mannheimer Swartling, Norrlandsgatan 21, Stockholm Global Compact Network Sweden together with the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairswill host the event “Roundtable: Engagement and Dialogue on Decent Work in a Global Context“.

Global Supply chains are of the most important levers for business to create positive impact in the world, with an estimated 80% of global trade passing through them annually. Companies that commit to advance decent work in their global supply chains can significantly improve the lives of many people — often of those who will benefit the most from sustainable development — and lift millions out of poverty. The UN Global Compact’s Decent Work in Global Supply Chains Action Platform mobilizes companies, local networks and partners around the globe around a common goal: take actions and develop tools that will have impacts on workers’ lives.

Ensuring decent working conditions is one crucial element of operating in a sustainable manner. This event will be an opportunity to provide a practical deep dive into decent work and human rights as core elements of sustainability, using the newly developed Engagement Toolkit on Decent Work. The purpose of this toolkit is to encourage procurement staff and suppliers to take action for improved conditions for workers in supply chains, enabling them to effectively integrate human rights into daily decision-making.

Join this event to:

  • Discuss the importance and benefits of building a common understanding around the relevance of decent work/human rights both internally and with suppliers;
  • Explore ways to encourage and support suppliers to take actions in support of decent work throughout operations;
    Identify gaps and demand for further support by reflecting on the Engagement Toolkit on Decent Work and needs of colleagues across teams;
  • Learn more about how you can engage with the UN Global Compact.


13:00 – 13:30 – Registration

13:30 – 13:45 – Welcome
Maria Collin, Executive Director, Global Compact Network Sweden.

13:45 – 14:00 – Keynote Address
Eva Karlsson, CEO of Houdini Sportswear as well as winner of NMC:s Sustainable Leadership 2018.

14:00 – 14:30 – Introducing the Action Platform on Decent Work in Global Supply Chains and the Engagement Toolkit on Decent Work
Mari-lou Dupont, Senior Manager, Decent Work and Supply Chain Sustainability, UN Global Compact.

14:30 – 15:00 – Spotlight Session – Decent Work in Volvo Cars’ supply chains
Pernilla Eriksson, Procurement Sustainability Manager and Anna-Maria Ericsson, Labour Affairs Expert at Volvo Cars.

15:00 – 15:45 – Scenario Discussion – Resolving Dilemmas around Decent Work
Facilitated by Mari-lou Dupont, Maria Collin, Pernilla Eriksson, Anna-Maria Ericsson & Thorin Schriber.

15:45 – 15:55 – UN Global Compact overarching strategies and values proposition
Thorin Schriber, Manager, Participant Engagement, UN Global Compact.

15:55 – 16:00 – Outro
Maria Collin, Executive Director, Global Compact Network Sweden.

Practical information

Time: 30 October 2019 at 13.30-16.00 (Registration from 13:00).

Venue: Mannheimer Swartling, Norrlandsgatan 21

Who may participate?: All employees of Participants or Signatories (members) in UN Global Compact.

This event is arranged in collaboration between Global Compact Network Sweden and the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs.


Save the Date – Global Compact Nordic 31 October…

This event will be held in English.

From October 31 to November 1, this year’s edition of the Global Compact Nordic Event will be held in Helsinki, Finland. This year’s event will have the following themes:

New Challenges & New Solutions – Responsible Business 2020 Plus

  • Digitalization & Technology – How to resolve it in responsible way?
  • Climate Change & Social Justice – What is right and balanced approch? 
  • Sustainablity & New Trends – What are the new rising challenges?

The preliminary schedule is:
31st October 13:00-18:00 – Part 1
Session 1 – Keynotes & Latest Global Compact News from New York
Session 2 – Climate Change & Social Justice
Session 3 – Circular Economy & New Trends of Sustainability
Networking Dinner 19.30-22.00

1st November 9:00-12:00 – Part 2
Session 1 – Keynotes & CEO-level Analysis
Session 2 – Digitalization & Technology
Session 3 – Case studies at Nokia Lab 

The Finnish organizers are also looking for companies that are interested in holding Keynotes during the event. If your company wants to share their experiences, please contact Timo Vuori, +358 9 4242 6238, timo.vuori@icc.fi

From Global Compact Network Sweden, our Executive Director Maria Collin will participate.


Fullsatt introduktion till UN Global Compacts Tio Principer i…

Den 10 september höll årets sista introduktion till UN Global Compacts tio principer i Malmö.

Greg Priest, Head of Social Impact and Human Rights på Inter IKEA Group, talade om principerna gällande mänskliga rättigheter och arbetsrätt. Greg berättade bland annat om hur IKEA tagit hjälp av Rädda Barnen och UNICEF sedan 1990-talet för att förebygga barnarbete i sina leverantörsled. En erfarenhet var att det är svårast att motverka barnarbete i åldrarna 14-18, eftersom det i många länder inte finns lagstiftning kring dessa åldrar.

Åse Togerö, Utvecklingschef för hållbar affärsutveckling på Skanska, talade om principerna gällande miljö. I genomgången talade Åsa om att använda försiktighetsprincipen och vikten av kvantifiering av miljöpåverkan samt att tänka på miljöpåverkan över hela livscykeln.

Carina Markow Lundberg, Chefsstrateg för ansvarsfull kapitalförvaltning på Folksam, talade om principen gällande anti-korruption. Carina berättade om de tre M:en att tänka på i en affär, Människor, Miljön och Mutor och om hur korruption förhindrar fattigdomsbekämpning. 

Eventet har utförts i Göteborg och Stockholm i våras och därmed har årets upplagor av eventet skett. I alla tre städer har eventet varit välbesökta, och vi tackar er som deltagit både som talare och som lyssnare. För er som missat eventen kan vi också glädja er med att vi planerar att hålla dem igen nästkommande år. Introduktionerna är tänkta att vara Global Compact Network Swedens basutbud, för att alltid ge våra medlemmar möjlighet att utbilda sina anställda i grunden till UN Global Compact.


Maria Collin ny Executive Director för Global Compact Network…

Pressmeddelande 2019-08-23

Maria Collin blir den första att tillträda rollen som Executive Director för Global Compact Network Sweden. Maria kommer närmast från medicinteknikföretaget Elekta där hon jobbat som Global Sustainability Manager. I sin nya roll får hon uppdraget att fortsätta etablera det svenska nätverket och hjälpa de svenska medlemmarna att stärka och växla upp sitt arbete med UN Global Compacts tio grundläggande principer och de 17 globala hållbarhetsmålen.

Det ska bli oerhört spännande att driva det svenska nätverket för Global Compact framåt. Som global plattform har UN Global Compact en unik position att inspirera och hjälpa både stora och små företag med hållbarhetsfrågor. Nyckeln till ett mer ansvarsfullt och hållbart företagande är mer kunskap, samarbete och innovation, vilket det svenska nätverket har en fantastisk möjlighet att skapa förutsättningar för, säger Maria Collin.

Maria Collin har lång och gedigen erfarenhet av hållbarhetsarbete från flera olika branscher, både i Sverige och internationellt. Hon kommer närmast från rollen som Global Sustainability Manager på Elekta där har hon ansvarat för att ta fram och driva igenom företagets globala hållbarhetsstrategi. Dessförinnan har hon jobbat som Group Responsible Sourcing Manager på Electrolux i både Sverige och Italien, samt haft rollen som Product Manager and Sustainability Expert på Clas Ohlson. Hon har även erfarenhet från ideell sektor då hon jobbat på en kanadensisk NGO i Bolivia.

– Vi blev överväldigade av det stora antalet sökande och den fantastiska kompetens som finns inom Hållbarhetssverige. Maria Collin har en bred erfarenhet av att driva utveckling, skapa engagemang, och stärka hållbarhetsagendan kommer att vara oerhört viktigt för nätverket. Maria kommer framförallt att vara en stor tillgång för alla våra medlemmar, säger Emma Ihre styrelseordförande för Global Compact Network Sweden.

Maria Collin tillträder rollen som Executive Director den 2 september.

Du hittar Marias kontaktuppgifter här.

Fakta UN Global Compact och Global Compact Network Sweden:

UN Global Compact är idag världens största hållbarhetsinitiativ för det privata näringslivet. Det svenska nätverket startades i mars 2018 med syftet att skapa ett större lokalt engagemang för ansvarsfullt företagande och hjälpa de svenska medlemmarna att stärka och växla upp sitt hållbarhetsarbete med UN Global Compacts 10 grundläggande principer om mänskliga rättigheter, arbetsrätt, miljö och antikorruption samt de 17 hållbarhetsmålen. Nätverket är en plattform för företag och organisationer som vill hitta nya samarbetsmöjligheter och utbyta erfarenheter för att skapa ett mer långsiktigt och hållbart näringsliv.

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Middag i Almedalen

Global Compact Network Sweden arrangerade tillsammans med medlemsföretaget Mannheimer Swartling en middag i anslutning till Almedalen 2019. Syftet var att ge några röster från näringslivet möjlighet att ge sin syn på regeringens pågående arbete. Regeringens CSR-ambassadör Jakob Keifer berättade att regeringen under hösten kommer att lansera en uppdaterad exportstrategi och att de även parallellt med detta kommer presentera en stärkt plattform för hållbart företagande. Förutom Jakob Kiefer deltog representanter från SEB, Scania, SSAB, Ericsson, Norrsken, Nordic Capital, Alecta, Svenska kyrkan och Telia Company.

Bild av Alexandru BaboşCC BY 3.0, Link


10 september – Malmö: Praktisk introduktion till UN Global…

Välkommen till Global Compact Network Swedens introduktion till UN Global Compacts tio principer i Malmö! Efter mycket uppskattade seminarier i Göteborg och Stockholm, kommer seminariet att hållas i Malmö! 

Introduktionen är riktad till alla som vill lära sig mer om de tio principerna och hur andra företag jobbar med dem i praktiken. Det är inte nödvändigt att ha hållbarhet som huvudarbetsuppgift, så bjud gärna in dina kollegor. Seminariet hålls för medlemmar i Global Compact Network Sweden.

Företrädare från tre medlemsföretag kommer presentera hur de arbetar med principerna. Med både praktiska exempel och om hur de tio principerna integreras i företagens övergripande hållbarhetsarbete. Inbjudna talare är:

  • Greg Priest, Head of Social Impact and Human Rights på Inter IKEA Group, om principerna gällande mänskliga rättigheter och arbetsrätt.
  • Carina Markow Lundberg, Chefsstrateg för ansvarsfull kapitalförvaltning på Folksam, om principen gällande anti-korruption.
  • Åse Togerö, Utvecklingschef för hållbar affärsutveckling på Skanska , om principerna gällande miljö.

Praktisk information

Tid: 10 september kl. 14-16 (kaffe och registrering från 13:00).

Plats:  Mannheimer Swartling, Carlsgatan 3, 203 14 Malmö

Deltagare: Alla anställda i Signatories eller Participants (medlemmar) i UN Global Compact.

Registrering: Seminariet är gratis. Sista anmälningsdag är 3 sept.


Besök av United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

Den 27 maj besökte UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet – tidigare president i Chile och generaldirektör för UN Women – Stockholm. Global Compact Network Sweden och UN Human Rights anordnade ett möte mellan Michelle Bachelet och representanter från flera svenska företag.

Temat för mötet var vilken roll svenska företag kan spela vad gäller den internationella människorättsagendan. Under mötet berättade Michelle Bachelet om hennes prioriteringar under sin mandatperiod och de svenska företagsrepresentanterna berättade om sina åtaganden samt diskuterade specifika utmaningar.