SACC Sustainability Committee Official Launch at the Embassy of Sweden Canberra 6 April 2022

For many of us this year has been marked by a lot of changes and for the Sustainability Committee, it has meant a postponement of the date for the official launch. The new date is now 6th April, and we are very much looking forward to finally launching our committee officially at the Embassy of Sweden in Canberra. We are planning an insightful day with inspiring keynote speakers from both the Government and industry. There will be an interactive Q&A and a site visit to ACTEW AGL Hydrogen Refuelling Station Fyshwick.

In connection with the launch, the Sustainability Committee will also meet in person for the first time and through Alfa Laval’s network, we are planning to make a site visit to BentSpoke Brewery Co. allowing extra time to socialize and become acquainted.

With the solid foundation created by the committee, we will continue our work within the sustainability arena and through external communication, we will share knowledge, best practices and sustainability strategies with organisations and the Australian audience.

During the year, the committee also plans to continue arranging different events and several interesting ideas are being discussed, so please watch this space.

If you would like to find out more about the SACC Sustainability Committee please contact Committee Chair Carin Varverud Härdin or SACC General Manager Camilla Jennings.

Swedish – Australian Innovation, Technology and Design Summit 28-29 September 2022

Swedish – Australian Innovation, Technology and Design Summit 28-29 September 2022, University of Technology Sydney

This two-day Summit held at the University of Technology Sydney is a new initiative organised by the Swedish Australian Chamber of Commerce in collaboration with UTS, the Embassy of Sweden, Business Sweden and partner companies. The purpose to highlight Swedish-Australian innovation, technology and design, raise the profile of Sweden and Australia as innovative nations.

During the 2 day Summit, we will present examples of innovative cooperation, knowledge exchange, R&D and creative business development between Sweden and Australia. Highlight key initiatives and new areas of cooperation to drive innovation and sustainability in the future.

Partner companies and organisations will showcase and inform about their innovation initiatives within tech, sustainability and design. Offer demonstrations and informative topic presentations to students, business contacts, special guests and clients. Facilitate master classes for students, thought leadership talks and thought-provoking conversations to share expertise and spark new ideas. There will be on stage in person and hybrid talks, presentations, panel discussions as well as smaller group sessions on specific topics. The Summit also offers great networking opportunities and ends with a Gala Dinner on 29 September.

Keep an eye on Socials and the SACC website for partner and event updates.

Contact us for more information on sacc@swedishchamber.com.au

 

 

THE SWEDISH BUSINESS IN AUSTRALIA AWARD WINNERS 2021

The winners and runner ups of the 2021 business awards were announced virtually and we are delighted to announce that they will be presented on stage and celebrated at the Swedish Australian Innovation Technology and Design Summit on 16 March 2022. Four inspirational companies – newcomers as well as established – won the 2021 Awards, showcasing the successful Sweden–Australia business connection.

The Awards provide a great platform for companies to showcase their business within the Swedish-Australian business community. These awards also offer a great opportunity for companies to be recognised at a state as well as national level for being a business leader in its field or have specific expertise and of course, these awards offer everyone participating, invaluable promotional opportunities. The Swedish Australian Chamber of Commerce was founded in 1911 and we feel very proud of celebrating 110 years of dedication to create, promote, add value and support a sustainable Swedish-Australian business network.

The awards are run on a non-profit basis and promote Swedish related business activities in Australia as well as recognising organisations and individuals that help give Swedish business in Australia a positive profile.

The entries for the 2021 year’s awards according to the jury panel were of very high and equal quality, which made the evaluation process very hard but after careful screening of the different nominations, the result within the four different categories was decided and announced as follows.

Excellence in Business Enterprise

This award was open to all Swedish or Swedish-Australian businesses; large or small, newcomer or established. Here we highlight businesses or organisations that have achieved outstanding results through initiatives that demonstrate excellence in business management, a significant project, implementing progressive sustainability strategy, innovative campaign or product, marketing/branding or a new enterprise launch.

 

The Excellence in Business Enterprise Award for 2021 was granted to Ericsson Australia with Husqvarna and Randek as runner ups.

Ericsson Australia has been integral in evolving Australia’s telecommunications industry through the development of innovative technologies and solutions. From the first public telephone system in 1959 to the first 5G network in the Southern Hemisphere in 2020, Ericsson has partnered with operators to cement Australia as a global technology leader. Just in the last 18 months, Ericsson has helped connect over 3 million customers to 5G and is collaborating with partners to evolve 5G networks as a platform for innovation to support Australia’s digital future.

Ericsson’s Managing Director Australia and New Zealand says: “I’m thrilled that Ericsson has been presented with the Excellence in Business Enterprise award at the 2021 Swedish Australian Chamber of Commerce Swedish Business in Australia Awards.

First established in 1876 in Stockholm, we are proud of our Swedish heritage. Our technology innovation has positioned Australia as one of the global leaders in 5G, but it is the imprint of the founder, Lars Magnus Ericsson, who believed access to communication is a basic human right, that remains unmistakable to this day.

In 130 plus years, Ericsson Australia has grown from sales and repair shops to a household name, helping to create sustainable change and transforming nearly every sector of society. Whether it be the launch of Australia’s first public telephone system, or supporting the roll-out of the Southern Hemisphere’s first 5G network, Ericsson has placed the Swedish innovation at the very heart of Australia’s telco industry and ensured that Australia is at the cutting edge of technology.” www.ericsson.com/en

Excellence in Sustainability

The Sustainability award recognises organisations that execute initiatives that demonstrate leadership and commitment to sustainable business practices in planning, operations, marketing and/or in line with the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s). We encouraged businesses of all sizes and sectors that go above and beyond to achieve any of the SDG’s, to reduce the impact of their operations on the environment and/or provide products and services that have positive environmental outcomes.

As many Swedish organisations are advanced in this area it was difficult for the jury to select a winner within this category with the impressive runner up companies, Alfa Laval and Axis Communications.

 

The Excellence in Sustainability Award for 2021 was awarded to AstraZeneca Australia. AstraZeneca is part of the global science-led biopharmaceutical company and is engaged in the research, development, manufacture and supply of medicines, that are committed to making a real difference to the lives of Australians.

AstraZeneca Australia’s policy and values embrace sustainable priorities such as; disease prevention and treatment, product environment stewardship, greenhouse gas reduction, water and power stewardship, waste management, responsible supply chain management, ethical business culture, inclusion and diversity and workforce well being and safety.

Two main sustainability initiatives stood out for the jury: “Their decision to provide a COVID vaccine to protect all people at cost and no profit during the pandemic period; and initiating the largest private greening venture in Australia (with Greening Australia), planting 25 million trees to recover native growth following the bushfires 2019-20”. AstraZeneca Australia integrated sustainability into every aspect of their enterprise, going beyond meeting annual and longer-term targets, to evolving a mindset and practices to meet changing and challenging times, well beyond their core business. www.astrazeneca.com.au

 

Excellence in Small Business

This award recognises a business that has attained significant growth and is able to demonstrate the specific strategies and processes implemented to achieve sustainable growth in the last year. 

The 2021 Excellence in Small Business Award was secured by E3 Health, taking the lead over strong runner up companies Fallon Dasey Content and TePe.

E3 Health was established in 2017 as a consulting firm supporting medical technology companies with commercialisation. The first Swedish product, launched in Australia in 2019, was Pjama a washable pyjama for bedwetters invented in Sweden 2014. Pjama has to date generated over $325K in sales and with the right strategies well executed can generate more than $1M in sales annually. More than 1000 children and adults with bedwetting problems in Australia have had a positive life-changing experience thanks to Pjama. More than 1000 children and adults with bedwetting problems in Australia have had a positive life-changing experience thanks to Pjama.

With the launch of Hipsafety’s hip protective clothing, the elderly community has a new unique solution available to improve quality of life.  The wearer can feel safe, comfortable and confident during their activity of choice. “E3 Health edged the other finalists out for its impressive growth in challenging times, as well as the heartwarming customer feedback. As the product offering expands growth is set to accelerate.” e3health.com.au

Excellence in Community Contribution

The Excellence in Community Contribution Award recognises businesses/organisations/individuals that implement initiatives that have a positive impact on the community and generate outcomes that have a long-term benefit. Initiatives can include but are not limited to projects, programs, processes, systems, developments, ventures and undertakings.

This new award for 2021 went to much deserving Elekta, who provides radiation therapy, radiosurgery, related equipment and clinical management for the treatment of cancer and brain disorders.

Elekta is working to broaden cancer treatment availability through new solutions and training so that new, state-of-the-art technology becomes available to everyone in the community. “As technology continues to improve, it requires companies like Elekta to bring it to market to ensure cancer survival rates continue to improve. This enables cancer survivors to live a longer, more improved quality of life.”

Clinicians are inspired by Elekta’s innovative, outcome driven and cost-efficient solutions which allow them to treat more patients and achieve elevated treatment outcomes. Through awareness and advocacy of radiation therapy and the use of Elekta solutions, patients are inspired to take active participation in their cancer journey and seek the best treatment outcomes to extend their life. www.elekta.com

 

The SACC would like to thank members and everyone engaged in the 2021 Business Awards selection and presentation. Special thanks go to the dedicated judges and all companies who participated in the awards.

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THE SWEDISH BUSINESS IN AUSTRALIA AWARD WINNERS 2020

The winners of the 2020 business awards were announced virtually and we are delighted to announce that they will be presented on stage and celebrated at the Swedish Australian Innovation Technology and Design Summit on 16 March 2022. Four inspirational companies – newcomers as well as established – won the 2020 Awards, showcasing the successful Sweden–Australia business connection.

The Awards provide a great platform for companies to showcase their business within the Swedish-Australian business community. These awards also offer a great opportunity for companies to be recognised at a state as well as national level for being a business leader in its field or have specific expertise and of course, these awards offer everyone participating, invaluable promotional opportunities. The Swedish Australian Chamber of Commerce was founded in 1911 and we feel very proud of celebrating 110 years of dedication to create, promote, add value and support a sustainable Swedish-Australian business network.

The awards are run on a non-profit basis and promote Swedish related business activities in Australia as well as recognising organisations and individuals that help give Swedish business in Australia a positive profile.

The entries for the 2020 year’s awards according to the jury panel were of very high and equal quality, which made the evaluation process very hard but after careful screening of the different nominations, the result within the four different categories was decided and announced as follows.

Excellence in Business Enterprise 

This award was open to all Swedish or Swedish-Australian businesses; large or small, newcomer or established. Here we highlight businesses or organisations that have achieved outstanding results through initiatives that demonstrate excellence in business management, a significant project, implementing progressive sustainability strategy, innovative campaign or product, marketing/branding or a new enterprise launch.

 

The Excellence in Business Enterprise Award for 2020 was granted to Permobil, a multinational company founded in 1967 fully owned by Investor AB. Permobil develops, manufacture and market wheelchairs, seating and positioning and communication systems for people with disabilities. Permobil Australia became the second biggest entity for the Permobil organisation globally in 2020, having been in 5th place at the start of 2019. In 2020, Permobil Australia was the only market to have achieved its budget and shown growth. Revenue growth of 40%, with EBIT growth of 113%. “ Permobil Australia would now be considered the Australian market leader in its category of Assistive Technology (Complex Rehabilitation Technology). Able to maintain growth despite market lockdowns throughout different parts of Australia, through new sales channels and protocols.”   

www.permobil.com/en-au

Excellence in Sustainability

The Sustainability award recognises organisations that execute initiatives that demonstrate leadership and commitment to sustainable business practices in planning, operations, marketing and/or in line with the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s). We encouraged businesses of all sizes and sectors that go above and beyond to achieve any of the SDG’s, to reduce the impact of their operations on the environment and/or provide products and services that have positive environmental outcomes.

As many Swedish organisations are quite advanced in this area it was particularly hard for the jury to select a winner within this category.

 

The Excellence in Sustainability Award for 2020 was handed to ABB a multinational corporation, operating in robotics, power, electrical equipment and automation technology areas. ABB delivers solutions that enable the sustainable cities, industry and transport systems that the world needs to mitigate climate change and conserve non-renewable resources.

Their leading technologies are developed to have positive impact and to enable sustainable growth for customers. Each of ABB’s businesses works to move society away from outmoded products and toward smart solutions that leverage the power of digitalisation, incorporating sustainability as a central feature. The result will be smarter buildings, cities, industry and transport that help the world achieve a better future. In Australia, ABB have a particular focus in two critical areas driving sustainable cities and sustainable living – Smart Buildings and Smart Mobility.

“ABB is clearly a global leader in technologies that will make the world more sustainable. It’s so good that their offering of products, technologies, skills and know-how is applied to the Australian market, be it in smarter buildings, energy production or transport.

new.abb.com/au

Excellence in Small Business

This award recognises a business that has attained significant growth and is able to demonstrate the specific strategies and processes implemented to achieve sustainable growth in the last year. 

This year the 2020 Excellence in Small Business Award was secured by TePe Australia.

TePe is a family owned company, with all manufacturing in Malmö Sweden. TePe offers a variety of products, developed in collaboration with dental professionals, for keeping mouth and teeth healthy.

 

In challenging circumstances, TePe has demonstrated an ability to remain agile and evolve core products and supplier relationships to reduce carbon emissions while building demand through the leverage of multiple new online channels to inform and convert influencers and future customers. This has resulted in the continued ability to grow revenue despite the challenging market conditions for a new product that requires healthcare professional education and onboarding. “TePe is a deserving award winner as a classic small company doing well. A high quality product and a hard working team is, as usual, a very successful combination.”

www.tepe.com/au

Excellence in Innovation

The 2020 Excellence in Innovation Award recognises businesses that have made significant contributions to their industry through the introduction, improvement and implementation of an innovative solution or idea, a method, technology, process or application, new, existing or long-term.

The Excellence in Innovation category winner was Pagero. Pagero provides a Smart Business Network that connects buyers and sellers for automated, compliant, and secure exchange of orders, invoices, payment instructions and other business documents.

 

 

Pagero’s innovative, open, cloud-based solution revolutionises the way Australians do business with each other. Through their smart business network, they supported Australian businesses to fully digitalise their operations, no matter what existing systems and processes they had in place. With complete digitalisation, businesses will have accurate real-time analytics to make better business decisions, improving their operational efficiency and performance overall.

The COVID-19 pandemic has been tough on many Australian businesses with many accelerating adoptions of digital technologies in order to stay in business. “Pagero supported businesses with this transition by making it easier for Australians to stay safe and work from home. Through trading digitally, they observed a reduced need for paper documents and for people to be in the office processing these documents.” Pagero is constantly adapting to lead business innovation in Australia.

www.pagero.com

 

The SACC would like to thank members and everyone engaged in the 2020 Business Awards selection and presentation. Special thanks go to the dedicated judges and all companies who participated in the awards.

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SWEDELINK Newsletter Spring 2021

Spring news from SACC, with New Member Presentations, Innovation, Tech and Design Summit 2022, upcoming events, links to recent events and more…

SACC YP Business Mentorship Program Launch

On the 16th of September, SACC and YP launched the 2021/2022 Business Mentorship Program. 14 mentors and mentees came together in an online kick-off event where each pair had the opportunity to meet for the very first time to start forming their relationships and together plan for what they would like their journey to look like over the next 12 months.

We are excited to see so many mentors and mentees joining this year’s program. We look forward to following and supporting each participant’s growth throughout the program.

If you are interested in joining as a mentor or mentee, it’s not too late! Please express your interest through the following link https://www.swedishchamber.com.au/sacc-yp-business-mentorship-program-2/

Feedback from previous year’s program:

Mentee: “I gained a whole lot from the relationship with my mentor! Not only did my mentor help guiding me in my career path, but also acted as a coach and helped me grow on an individual level as well as on a professional. My mentor’s personality, extensive work experience and knowledge was exactly what I needed in a mentor at that point in time. It was a great match. My main goal with the mentorship program was to establish the next steps in my career path, which we did. Not only did I enjoy the progress we made from our monthly meetings which helped me in my career, but I also really enjoyed speaking with my mentor about his life journey. I would definitely recommend the program to others.”

Mentor: ”Being a Mentor gave me a great sense of “value”. I was able to share my business and life experience gained from various positions during a lifelong career and apply this to the challenges of the Mentee. I think we achieved a lot together by identifying the key areas and specific actions which would support my Mentee’s development. I would absolutely recommend this program and will be partaking in the upcoming program.”

If you would like to find out more about the mentorship program please contact YP Committee Chair Therese Nithenius or SACC General Manager Camilla Jennings.

SACC Sustainability Committee Update

Since the beginning of the year, sustainability has been in focus for SACC and after almost ten months into the year, the work carried out by the committee has begun to take shape and gain momentum. The interest among the Swedish companies has been great and today we have about ten companies that are involved and contribute to the committee’s work.

The vision of taking a leadership role in advancing sustainability actions in Australia has grown stronger and increased knowledge of how both Australia and Sweden work with these important issues have been highlighted with the help of several guest speakers resulting in fruitful discussions.

In recent months, the committee has also conducted several online events, including an online event together with the Embassy of Sweden Canberra.

On September 7, the Embassy of Sweden and the committee arranged an online event about roadmaps for fossil free competitiveness with Svante Axelsson, National Coordinator of Fossil Free Sweden in conversation with David Leitch Principal ITK Services Australia & Author at RenewEconomy and industry representatives from the Swedish Construction and Civil Engineering sector and the Swedish Recycling sector.

Another successful event was the SACC Virtual Executive Forum on September 14, with the keynote speaker Rob Gell AM, Environmental Geographer, Founder and Director of ReThink Sustainability. Rob gave an outlook on global sustainability trends and what will drive change in the term ‘business as usual’ and what trends will impact Australia. The session also included interactive discussions with the participants giving them the opportunity to ask questions.

For the next committee event, on 19 October at 5 pm AEDT, we will focus on Sustainable Transport. As one of the largest contributors of CO2 emissions within the transportation sector in Australia, the electrification of commercial vehicle fleets, including trucks and buses, provides an excellent opportunity for Australia to reduce its environmental impact. Due to its rapid uptake of electric bus and truck technology, Sweden provides an excellent reference point from which the Australian transportation sector can learn, in order to move towards a greener and more sustainable future.

  • What are the key trends in Sweden?
  • What are the emerging trends and opportunities in Australia?
  • What are the barriers to the adoption of electric trucks and buses?
  • What technologies are available today and in the future?

The following panellists will share their insights, also making reference to where electric truck and bus technology has been successfully implemented in Sweden and Australia.

  • Stefan Widlund, City Mobility Director, Volvo Buses, Gothenburg Sweden
  • Sean Stove, Transport Segment Lead, ABB Australia
  • Paul Illmer, Vice President Emerging Technology Business Development, Volvo Australia

If you are interested in joining this free online event REGISTER HERE.

With the solid foundation created by the committee, we will continue our work within the sustainability arena and through external communication, we will share knowledge, best practices and sustainability strategies with organisations and the Australian audience.

If you would like to find out more about the SACC Sustainability Committee please contact Committee Chair Carin Varverud Härdin or SACC General Manager Camilla Jennings.

Volvo Electromobility chassis are now launched in Australia! Let’s get Connected!

Dear valued business partners,

We are proud to have officially launched Australia’s most safe, responsible and sustainable electric bus system – the Volvo BZL Electric chassis.

Our team of electromobility experts have done extensive work to develop the Volvo BZL Electric chassis from tried and tested European technology, tailored to meet demanding Australian operating conditions and asset life expectancy.

We have also incorporated rigorous data protection and circular battery management systems to offer our customers second to none product quality, reliability and safety – ensuring that the new Volvo BZL Electric chassis offers peace of mind at every stage of the journey.

Our new Volvo BZL Electric chassis is the first platform of our electric vehicle product offering, and we are thrilled to embark on this electromobility journey with our valued customers, partners and with our extensive dealer and product support network.

Our dedicated team will be in touch to set up a one-on-one time to take you through the details of the Volvo BZL Electric chassis – and in the meantime, you can discover more about the new Volvo BZL Electric chassis here.

Wishing you all the best,

Mitch Peden

General Manager, Volvo Bus Australia

 

SWEDELINK Newsletter Winter 2021

Applications open – BUSINESS MENTORSHIP PROGRAM 2021-2022

 

BE A PART OF A REWARDING PROFESSIONAL PARTNERSHIP

We welcome SACC & YP members to be part of this rewarding program as mentors or mentees. The program connects generations of more senior business managers with young professionals within the Swedish-Australian business community.

SACC and YP Committees manage the matching process and help pairs establish a successful mentoring relationship throughout the program. Mentors and mentees meet for one-to-one mentoring sessions in person or online about 6-10 times during the 12-month program. During the program period, there will be check in events including a mid year evaluation with the opportunity for mentees and mentors to reflect and highlight any changes they wish to make. 

PARTICIPATION CRITERIA

  • To join as a mentee or mentor, you must be a member of SACC or YP
  • Both mentees and mentors must be willing to attend the program launch and are expected to meet a minimum of 6-10 times in person or online during the 12-month program

THE APPLICATION AND MATCHING PROCESS

Mentees and mentors will be asked to complete a short application form detailing areas of interest and expectations. Our selection process is designed to properly align our mentors and mentees to ensure a positive experience for both individuals.

We are looking for mentors with business management and leadership experience from large to small and medium-sized companies, with expertise in different areas such as management, finance, fin-tech, technology, law, marketing and communication. Becoming a mentor can be rewarding and comes with benefits such as; broadening your horizons and challenge your perspectives, enhancing your leadership skills and help shape the leaders of tomorrow. Mentors will also have the opportunity to gain intrinsic rewards for meaningful work.

Here is what a mentee said about last years program:

I gained a whole lot from the relationship with my mentor! Not only did my mentor help guiding me in my career path, but also acted as a coach and helped me grow on an individual level as well as on a professional. My mentor’s personality, extensive work experience and knowledge was exactly what I needed in a mentor at that point in time. It was a great match. My main goal with the mentorship program was to establish the next steps in my career path, which we did. Not only did I enjoy the progress we made from our monthly meetings which helped me in my career, but I also really enjoyed speaking with my mentor about his life journey. I would definitely recommend the program to others.”

Feedback from one of our mentors:

”Being a Mentor gave me a great sense of “value”. I was able to share my business and life experience gained from various positions during a lifelong career and apply this to the challenges of the Mentee. I think we achieved a lot together by identifying the key areas and specific actions which would support my Mentee’s development. I would absolutely recommend this program and will be partaking in the upcoming program.”

APPLICATIONS CLOSES 10 AUGUST 2021

Application form for Mentors

Application form for Mentees

Contact us if you would like to find out more about the program.