SWEDELINK Newsletter Autumn 2019

SWEDELINK Newsletter Autumn 2019

Swedish School in Sydney – Swedish as an elective HSC subject information session 15 May, 19.30 AEST

Do you have a teenager in year 10 keen to develop their Swedish language further? Now is the time to take up the opportunity to choose Swedish as an elective subject for the HSC!

Take part in the Swedish school’s (Zoom) information meeting on May 15th, at 19:30, about Swedish as an elective HSC subject.

The meeting is primarily aimed at parents and students in year 10. Parents and students in year 9 who want to inform themselves about Swedish as an elective HSC subject and the possibility of university studies in Sweden are also welcome.

HSC teacher Cecilia Smith will talk about the course structure and a graduate HSC student will share their experience of studying Swedish as an elective subject in HSC. Eva Gabrielson, HSC coordinator, will also answer questions regarding the NSW Education Standards Authority, NESA, and their curriculum. The session will also include information about university studies in Sweden.

The Swedish HSC course begins in term 3, 2024. The final exam takes place in term 4, 2025.

Get ready by your computer with a Swedish Fika on 15 May for more information. Register NOW! https://events.humanitix.com/svenska-som-hsc-aemne

Circular Economy Forum in Canberra 18 June

Australia has committed to progressing towards a circular economy, with a target to achieve an 80 per cent resource recovery from all waste streams by 2030. This target will only be achieved through meaningful collaborations between businesses across multiple sectors and policy makers. 

The Swedish Australian Chamber of Commerce’s Sustainability Committee was set up in 2022 to bring together Swedish companies committed to the Sustainable Development Agenda through actions and contributions.

The Embassy of Sweden together with the Swedish Australian Chamber of Commerce would like to invite you to a Circular Economy Forum with Swedish companies in Australia that are leading the way in transitioning to a circular economy. 

Member companies from the Swedish Australian Chamber of Commerce will share their circular initiative action plans, industry solutions and innovation roadmap, identify common challenges, and discuss potential ways forward to accelerate to a low-carbon circular economy and net-zero society.

Date: Tuesday 18 June

Time: 12.30-16.00 pm 

Location: The Embassy of Sweden Canberra, 5 Turrana Street, Yarralumla ACT 2600

Dress code: Business attire

RSVP by 4 June


12:30 Registration, meet and greet

12:40 Welcome, Acknowledgement of Country: HE Pontus Melander Ambassador of Sweden to Australia

12:45 Networking lunch

13:45 SACC Sustainability Committee Introduction: SACC representative and Flavia Vaz, Chair SACC Sustainability Committee

13:50 Keynote speakers – Australian Government and Circular Economy Ministerial Advisory Group representatives tbc (7-10 minutes each)

14:10 Presentation – SACC Sustainability Committee members will share circular initiative action plans and examples of positive progress.

14:25 Afternoon tea and coffee

14:40 Panel discussion – Industry solutions and innovation roadmap, identify challenges and discuss potential ways forward to accelerate to a low-carbon circular economy and net-zero society.

15:40 Q&A

15:55 Conclusion, upcoming events and activities: SACC representative and Flavia Vaz, Chair SACC Sustainability Committee

16:00 End of Event

We are looking forward to seeing you in Canberra in June!

SWEDELINK Newsletter Autumn 2024

We are thrilled to present the latest edition of the SACC newsletter, packed with exciting updates, insights, and highlights from the Chamber of Commerce and our esteemed members. We had a busy first quarter of 2024, marked by a series of engaging events hosted across all SACC chapters. From informative online events incl. CEO talk to in-person workshops and networking events.

We thank you for your continued support and participation in the SACC and hope you enjoy reading this edition SWEDELINK!

Read the newsletter with links here or click on image below: https://www.swedishchamber.com.au/?na=view&id=28

SACC Sustainability Committee Update

Australia has committed to progressing towards a circular economy, with a target to achieve an 80 per cent resource recovery from all waste streams by 2030. This target will only be achieved through meaningful collaborations between businesses across multiple sectors and policy makers.

The Swedish Chamber of Commerce’s Sustainability Committee was set up in 2022 to bring together Swedish companies that are committed to the Sustainable Development Agenda through actions and contributions.

On June 18th, together with the Embassy of Sweden Canberra, the committee will be hosting an event with government and industry players on how member companies are leading the charge through innovation, solutions and industry initiatives, plus discuss the barriers they face in making a bigger impact and achieving the collection ambitions that will also help support government agenda.

Currently, we have these member companies who have expressed interest in participating in the event – Alfa Laval, AstraZeneca, IKEA, Sandvik and Tetra Pak. Please contact us for more information: sacc@swedishchamber.com.au

Previous event: 

On 12 March the Sustainability Committee together with the SACC Brisbane Chapter organised an insightful Circular Economy Workshop at the Sandvik office.

The event started with a welcome from San

dvik Australia Managing Director Wayne Scrivens and an intro from Teresia Fors, SACC Vice President and Chair SACC QLD Chapter. Dr Nicole T Garofano, Head of Circular Economy Development Planet Ark Environmental Foundation gave us an introduction to Circular Economy for businesses followed by a workshop, led by Circular Economy Specialist Linda Nordin, on how to transition your business models from linear to circular and how this aligns with the upcoming ISO standard for CE.

Why is the transition crucial?

  1. It reduces the pressure on finite resources, helping to conserve them for future generations.
  2. It minimizes waste generation and pollution, leading to a cleaner environment and healthier ecosystems.
  3. It promotes innovation and economic growth by creating new business models, products, and services that are more sustainable and resource-efficient.

5 step process to implement circular economy (CE) in your business

  1. Define a baseline and create targets
  2. Embed CE in your vision and strategy
  3. Align business model with CE ISO standard 59010
  4. Undertake feasibility studies, priorities
  5. Evaluate and improve

After the workshop there was a thought-provoking panel discussion, featuring below panellists, who shared key initiatives, opportunities and challenges switching to circular today;

The event concluded with a brief presentation of the SACC Sustainability Committee, its members and focus here in Australia by SACC General Manager, Camilla Jennings.

At the event participants had the opportunity to:

  • Discover the 10 steps to transition your business models from linear to circular and learn how this aligns with the upcoming ISO standard for CE (anticipated release in early 2024).
  • Engage in discussions and activities with fellow participants to kickstart your Circular journey.
  • Explore real-world examples of how businesses are implementing circularity today, services and products.
  • Network with like-minded people

The Circular Economy Workshop format was a great success and the SACC Sustainability Committee aims to bring this workshop to other SACC Chapters as well, including Sydney and Melbourne.

Have your say: take part in ABB’s sustainability survey

Our future depends on more than a shift to renewable energy. With the world using up resources at an unsustainable rate, transitioning to a circular economy is just as important.

So, when it comes to your business’ sustainability journey, are you on track?  Whether it’s through market/investor pressure, government mandates, or trade tariffs you’ll need to set and meet sustainability targets to ensure your business’ long-term success.

To help you find out, please take part in this 6-8 min survey from our member company ABB to see how Australian businesses view this important topic. The results will not only shed light on how your company stacks up in the sustainability race but also where you can make the right investments to future-proof your business.

Start the survey here: https://s.pointerpro.com/abb_sustainability/?cf2=SACC&cf3=Australia

Circular economy learnings from Europe

Members may recall the presentation by Dr Nicole Garofano of Planet Ark’s Australian Circular Economy Hub (ACE Hub) to Chamber members live from Sweden in June 2023. Nicole shared her high-level takeaways from the World Circular Economy Forum (WCEF) held in Helsinki in late May along with 10 other Australian/New Zealand delegates.

Attending the WCEF was one component of a busy schedule of meetings and site visits in the Netherlands, in and around Helsinki, Stockholm and Gothenburg organised as part of the ACE Hub European Study Tour.

Since returning, the delegation has been busy putting their European experiences to good use in both Australian and New Zealand contexts. Six delegates so far have shared their knowledge and experience in a four-part webinar series found on Planet Ark’s Youtube Channel.

The webinar series captures reflections on:

  • Moving beyond theory to practice through systems thinking and radical collaboration
  • Role of government in circularity and creating enabling language to shift up the R ladder
  • Leading from the front with industry case studies
  • Local and regional government support for circularity

The final instalment in the series will be held on Tuesday 23 April at 1 pm AEST. Register for this event using this Humanitix link.

Members are invited to view any or all of the webinar recordings on the link above and/or visit the ACE Hub Knowledge Hub on the website.

And if you want to learn more of what’s happening in Australia in the circular economy, why not register with the ACE Hub Portal to join 2000+ members ready to collaborate and help accelerate your circular economy transition.

Nicole can be reached by email at nicole.garofano@planetark.org


Internationally renowned fashion retailer H&M marks its 10th year in Australia, celebrating a decade of fashion and quality at the best price in a sustainable way. This month the brand will be hosting various promotions, in store events and a member competition as part of its celebrations.

H&M unveiled its very first Australian flagship store at GPO Melbourne in April 2014. Recently the store has undergone a refresh, presenting customers with an elevated shopping experience including an updated store layout with custom fittings for added inspiration and relevance to customers. On top of these enhancements to the GPO store, Australia will follow the global roll out to refurbish around 250 stores in 2024.

“We are incredibly proud to mark this significant milestone in Australia. Our success over the past decade is a testament to our strong company culture, the support of our loyal customers and the dedication of our talented team. We are entering a new era, with fashion and the customer at the forefront, which will be visible through our store upgrades, creating inspiring shopping experiences, elevated products and a strong customer offer, says Anna Baldwin, Country Sales Manager of ANZ.”

In celebration of this milestone achievement, H&M Australia is offering exciting in store experiences. On 19 April, customers can enjoy a sweet treat, a fun photo moment accompanied by a DJ set at the GPO Melbourne location. The 20th of April will see the H&M Pitt St activation area taken over by H&M’s signature read and an in store installation. H&M loyalty members will also receive 15% off a future purchase.

Continuing H&M’s journey of democratising fashion for the masses, H&M has recently announced the latest designer collaboration with emerging brand Rokh’s signature style of elevated staples. the evening before launch, H&M loyalty members have the chance to shop the collection before everyone else at a pre-shop event which will be held in the H&M Pitt St store. The collection is available Thursday 18 April at H&M Pitt St Sydney, GPO Melbourne and online in Australia at hm.com/au.

Today H&M has 35 store locations Australia wide and online offering Womens, Mens, Kids and Lifestyle.

Online Event 23 April 1-2pm AEST – Circular Economy Learnings from Europe: Industry Transformations

Australia, New Zealand and our Asia-Pacific neighbours can learn a great deal from members of the European Union (EU) where the transition towards a circular economy is already underway. This was an obvious takeaway from our 2023 European Study Tour organised by the Australian Circular Economy Hub and Planet Ark, which derived significant learnings from the Netherlands, Sweden, France and the UK as well as the World Circular Economy Forum in Helsinki, Finland.

Join us for the fourth webinar of the ACE Hub European Study Tour series, where two more delegates who joined our 2023 tour will discuss transformations being pursued by governments and business in industry including plastics, textiles and the built environment in Europe.

Moderated by Planet Ark’s Nicole Garofano, during the webinar, we will be joined by Hayley Jarick and Helen Millicer who will delve into key topics such as sustainable materials, circular economy policies, targets and practices, and collaborations driving progress in the EU and worldwide.

When: Tue 23rd Apr 2024, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm AEST

This webinar will be held via Zoom. A link will be shared closer to the date.

Register here: https://events.humanitix.com/industrytransformations

Nicole Garofano is Planet Ark’s Head of Circular Economy Development, responsible for leading the ongoing strategic development of the Australian Circular Economy Hub, and a lead author of the Circularity in Australian Business report. For almost 20 years, Nicole has worked in environmental education and action with a focus on waste management and circular economy initiatives. Since 2021, Nicole has been the spokesperson for the ACE Hub’s work driving Australia’s circular economy transition.

Hayley Jarick is the Company Secretary and CEO of the Supply Chain Sustainability School Limited, an Independent Director of ResponsibleSteel, Chair of Planet Ark’s Australian Circular Economy Hub Procurement Working Group, and within WWF’s Materials & Embodied Carbon Leaders Alliance (MECLA), a Project Control Group (PCG) member and Chair of two working groups; steel and knowledge. Hayley completed her MBA at the Australian Graduate School of Management (AGSM) and Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in International Business and Legal Studies, at the University of Wollongong, Australia.

Helen Millicer is a recognised, award-winning strategist on circularity and climate-ready future, with 30 years leadership experience in executive and governance in government, industry associations and business. As CEO of One Planet Consulting she is engaged on national projects, grant assessments and strategies. She is the principal author of the 2023 seminal report for the Australian Government recommending 10 major changes for the eco-design of all products into the Australian market, the key advisor on forming Australia’s first EPR stewardship program for plastics incorporating eco-modulated brand levies and recycled content, and co-founder of an influential new program, ClimateWise Associations. Helen has a long, distinguished career as director and chair of boards and is a Ministerial appointee to the inaugural WRR board for the Tasmanian Government. Helen has national and global networks and insights, is graduate of AICD, Churchill Trust Fellow and regular speaker at conferences and forums.

AI – Key Trends and Developments to Expect Next – 1 May at Hexagon’s new North Sydney office

In today’s rapidly evolving digital landscape, artificial intelligence (AI) stands at the forefront of transformative trends shaping industries worldwide. The integration of AI technologies is no longer a luxury but a fundamental strategy for businesses aiming to secure their competitive edge and thrive. But what exactly are the emerging trends in AI that leaders must be aware of, and why is embracing these innovations critical for success in the digital age?

Please join us for this event 1 May with focus on AI, key trends and how to stay competitive. We will hear from event host Mattias Tidebrink, Senior Vice President, APAC, Hexagon Safety, Infrastructure & Geospatial and Dr Sandra Peter, Director of Sydney Executive Plus and Associate Professor at the University of Sydney who will discuss how AI has moved beyond the hype and is fundamentally transforming how businesses operate and society functions. She will discuss how AI is being practically applied across different sectors, unlocking new capabilities and raising new questions. A discussion and Q&A will follow the presentations.

At the event, we will take the opportunity to present the SACC Digitalisation Committee, a new initiative engaging member companies who are at the forefront of digital technologies.

When: Wednesday 1 May, 5.30 for 6.00 pm start until 8.00 pm (AEST)

Where: Hexagon, Greenwood Plaza, Level 4/32 Walker St, North Sydney NSW 2060

SACC/YP Members $15, Non Members $25 (drinks and canapés included), Guests of Hexagon free

Contact: sacc@swedishchamber.com.au

SACC Executive Forum in Canberra 15 May 2024

The Swedish Australian Chamber of Commerce (SACC) and the Embassy of Sweden invite you to the SACC Executive Forum 2024. This year the annual forum will take place at the Embassy of Sweden in Canberra on Wednesday 15 May at 3.00-5.30 pm followed by networking. 

This forum provides an opportunity for SACC Company Member Executives, Special Guests and Team Sweden Australia members to meet in person and to hear from HE Pontus Melander Ambassador of Sweden to Australia and keynote speakers on the following topics:

  1. Australia and Sweden Economic Relationship and Outlook
  2. The Importance of a Free Trade Agreement

(focus on challenges and opportunities among Swedish industries represented in Australia such as mining, transport, technology, security, defence and healthcare)

Following the keynotes there will be an interactive round table discussion with focus on topics raised led by SACC Board Director, Penny George, Director Corporate Affairs at AstraZeneca Australia & New Zealand. Participants will have the opportunity to share experiences, current barriers, and explore future opportunities and collaboration. 


3.00 pm Registration, coffee, tea and refreshments are served

3.30 Welcome by HE Pontus Melander Ambassador of Sweden to Australia

3.35 Introduction by SACC Board Representative

3.40 Keynote Speakers on – Australia and Sweden economic relationship and the importance of a Free Trade Agreement 

4.00 Q&A followed by round table discussion led by SACC Board Director, Penny George

5.30 Conclusion, end of forum networking, drinks and canapés are served

7.00 End of event

Date & time: Wednesday 15 May, 3.00 – 5.30 pm followed by networking

Place: The Embassy of Sweden Canberra, 5 Turrana Street, Yarralumla ACT 2600


This forum is by invitation only. For more information contact sacc@swedishchamber.com.au.

We are looking forward to seeing you there.

Yours Sincerely,

Jan Gardberg, President, Swedish Australian Chamber of Commerce and HE Pontus Melander, Ambassador of Sweden to Australia