SACC Sustainability Committee Update

The Swedish Australian Chamber of Commerce Sustainability Committee is pleased to announce that we welcomed a new Chair at the first meeting of the year in February, Flavia Vaz, Head of Public Affairs and Government Relations at Tetra Pak. We are also pleased and thankful that our previous Chair Carin Varverud Härdin, Vice President of Marketing Communications at Volvo Group Australia (VGA) will stay on the committee representing VGA. A big thank you to Carin for driving the committee and activities since 2021.

We are also happy to welcome SACC corporate member Scania Australia to the committee, represented by Hanna Johansson, Director Business Support at Scania Australia. Furthermore, we would like to thank Mellisa Hamilton, who recently left the committee due to her move with IKEA to the Netherlands. IKEA is now represented by Peter Richmond Sustainability Business Partner at IKEA Australia.

On 20 February 2023, we hosted a very successful and appreciated joint Swedish Chambers APAC Sustainability Committee online meeting. APAC committee representatives presented and discussed how they work in each area, successful projects, and potential joint collaboration. The participating chambers were:

  • Australia
  • Singapore
  • Hongkong
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Korea
  • Philippines
  • Japan
  • Malaysia
  • Vietnam

A few summary points from the meeting:

  • Focus on one topic across the region that we can stand behind, find synergies our countries are lacking and work on those issues jointly.
  • Share communication content and solutions to save cost and efficiency.
  • Share ways of collaboration, how we work with the Embassy of Sweden and Business Sweden. Some chambers have developed the Team Sweden collaboration more than others. Chambers provide the platform or stage for members and Team Sweden partners. Chambers are more connected to the business community network and support the growth here, the Embassy the government connection.

Upcoming Sustainability Committee Events

Virtual events:

4 April    Hydrogen – What is hydrogen? Why hydrogen? How is it produced and applications available today 

8 June  Circularity – Dr Nicole T Garofano, Planet Ark 

Events in person:

Mid June  Sustainability Food and Beverage Roundtable in Melbourne

Find out more about the Committee here


For further information, contact:  

Flavia Vaz, SACC Sustainability Committee Chair and Head of Public Affairs and Government Relations at Tetra Pak


Camilla Jennings, General Manager Swedish Australian Chamber of Commerce