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As COP27 is underway in Sharm El-Sheikh, we need to remind ourselves not to get distracted by the turmoil in the world which so easily could make us prioritise away from our sustainable development goals. The latest report from February this year states the following:

"The world faces unavoidable multiple climate hazards over the next two decades with global warming of 1.5°C. Even temporarily exceeding this warming level will result in additional severe impacts, some of which will be irreversible. Risks for society will increase, including to infrastructure and low-lying coastal settlements."

We need to all pull together on this one. We know that.  

This month, SwedCham is launching a new local outreach initiative which we call The Green Innovation Centre. This is an opportunity for our business community to team up with a local community in Singapore to support the implementation of the SG Green Plan on grass root level. Through knowledge development, implementation of smart solutions and hands-on activities within a garden community in Bukit Batok, we aim to engage in a conversation around sustainable urban living in a Singaporean context which we can all benefit from. We hope that this program will replicate and initiate more people and companies to engage in this important work in Singapore. For more details, scroll further down this newsletter or contact SwedCham directly.

Please find below the latest news from our business community.

Your dedicated SwedCham team, 

Lisa & Anna
New SwedCham Member
SwedCham welcomes the following new member to its business community:

 With HQ in Skellefteå, Sweden, and 12 offices globally, Data Ductus is a global IT Consultancy firm. They combine market-leading expertise in Telecom, Enterprise IoT and Cloud Management into a tailored delivery that enables organizations to embrace changes in business and regulatory requirements through IT.

Key contact: , Regional Manager APAC & CTO
SwedCham Awards 2022
SwedCham's Annual Awards were presented at our Midwinter Ball this past Saturday at . This year, the Awards were given in the shadow of the most devastating global pandemic the world has seen in over 100 years. We are happy that this year’s winners have made a remarkable impact in Singapore during a very difficult time - and it was very clear from the nomination process that our business community not only had noticed this, but also wanted to celebrate this impact. During the past months, SwedCham has received a large number of nominations for these awards which were presented to and scrutinised by SwedCham’s Board, acting as Jury.

Congratulations to the 2022 Award Winners:

2022 Swede of the Year: 
2022 Swedish Company of the Year: .

Swede of the Year:
Carolina Rodriguez receives the Award for her unique creative skills and strategic thinking around impact initiatives which has helped to take Brand Sweden to a whole new level in Singapore. By initiating campaigns such as the , as well as last year’s ground-breaking initiative , which Carolina led and conceptualised, she has been a strong positive influence in the Swedish business community during a very difficult time. Through these innovative projects, Carolina has helped both companies and people to realise the power of collaboration and what impact businesses can have in the society when they come together for the common good.

Swedish Company of the Year:
As one of the world’s biggest makers of medical ventilators, Getinge South East Asia was put in the global spotlight as the pandemic crisis took off with a roar in 2020. The pressure on the customer-side to raise output as hospitals in Singapore and the region were preparing to be overwhelmed by coronavirus patients grew exponentially, whilst the company, on the other end of the supply chain, had to deal with massive disruptions for transport and supply of crucial ventilator parts.

The company has grown with 20% over the past three years and has today a focused strategy in place to continue to invest in its business both in Singapore and in South East Asia. With a newly established regional experience centre in Singapore, the company also proves that this commitment is for the long term. For these strong efforts - both to save lives and to continue to invest in Singapore and the region - Getinge South East Asia is awarded Swedish Company of the Year for 2022. The Award was presented to , Managing Director, Getinge South East Asia. 
Nobody can party like us
Huge THANK YOU to all of you who came and made our Midwinter Ball such an amazing, glitzy gala. After three years of pandemic, it was clear that everyone needed a Gatsby party. 

Long live the Roaring 2020s!
Mats Rahmström to SwedCham APAC
SwedCham's APAC CEO Series, which was launched in February this year, continues to gain momentum. The Series was created to give a platform for Sweden's most prominent business leaders to speak to SwedCham Members in the whole of APAC. 

We are proud to announce that on 22 November, we will have Mr , Group CEO of , as our guest.
Founded in Stockholm in 1873, Atlas Copco remains one of Sweden's flagship industrial companies - a market leader within its industrial segments, consistently churning out strong financial performance. In 2021, the company had revenues of SEK111 bn and 43,000 employees.

Innovation will be in focus during our 60 min with Mr Rahmström. He will give us an insight into how Atlas Copco is collaborating with customers to drive innovation, including giving some background on how this very hands-on approach to innovation helps the Group to develop highly efficient and sustainable products that meet the needs of our customers, society and the world.

The conversation with Mr Rahmström will be led by Ms , Head of Asia Strategy, 

Register for this event . Exclusively for SwedCham Members.
Let's focus on Malaysia
Sweden's Ambassador and Trade Commissioner to Malaysia,  and , will visit Singapore on Monday 5 December for a Market Outlook on our neighbouring country. We can look forward to an ear-to-the-ground perspective of the current political and economic situation in Malaysia, and what the opportunities are as we head into 2023. 

Register for this event . Thank you to for letting us host this event at their premises.
New local outreach initiative
SwedCham is excited to announce that we are launching this month a new local outreach initiative, focusing on supporting Singapore in implementing the SG Green Plan 2030 on grass root level. 

With The Green Innovation Centre (GIC), we have linked arms with a garden community in Bukit Batok as well as with and the in Bukit Batok. Based on a collaborative bottom-up process, the project is aiming to support the community in exploring a sustainable urban lifestyle with knowledge, solutions and services around the 3Rs (Reduce, Reuse & Recycle) and green living (gardening and connecting with nature). SwedCham's team is partnering with schools, sustainability-focused local SMEs and resident volunteers to create an agora at this garden, which has been lovingly built by local volunteers over the past decade, where people of all ages can meet and learn about sustainable urban living. The project includes, for example, to build a therapeutic corner in the garden for elderly and physically impaired and to create an activity area for knowledge development workshops for people of all ages. For SwedCham’s Sponsors, there are opportunities to get involved in 3R activity workshops (Reduce, Reuse & Recycle), staff volunteering, improving the garden concept with smart tech solutions, mentoring/engaging with local SMEs - or just sponsor a good cause.

From SwedCham, this initiative will be led by our GIC Task Force and

If you are a SwedCham Member interested in finding out more about this initiative, please do not hesitate to reach out to us on
This initiative is sponsored by the following SwedCham Members:
Mentorship launch!
Meet Cohort 2 of SwedCham's Female Mentorship Program:
This week SwedCham's People & Culture Committee, with  and in the lead, kicked off the second edition of its Female Mentorship Program, first launched in 2021. This year, we have 29 mentees and 9 mentors from 14 SwedCham companies onboard, and all stars are aligned for this to be another great year of leadership development within our business community.  This cross-industry program is aimed at up-and-coming female leaders in middle management positions at SwedCham member companies and has the vision to:
  • Create a solid cross-industry network and a professional sounding board for female rising stars in SwedCham’s business community
  • Raise the bar for female leadership development in Singapore
  • Promote Swedish leadership values and strengthen ties between Swedish companies in Singapore.

The 29 mentees come from the following companies:
ABB, Alfa Laval, AstraZeneca, Atlas Copco, Axis, Electrolux, Hexagon, IKEA, Mentor Media (Elanders), SKF, Tetra Pak and Volvo.


THANK YOU to for letting us host the kick-off at their premises!
Partner events

After three years of absence due to covid, it is time again for Herrarnas Julmiddag. This traditional Swedish Christmas dinner, hosted by Singapore's Bandy Klubb for gentlemen only, will be held on 9 December at Singapore Polo Club. Register for the event .


Saturday 10 December is Nordic Day at Gardens by the Bay! Join us there for performances brought to you by the Nordic Embassies and a special appearance of Santa Claus brought to you by Finnair, Santa Claus' official airline. More information can be found .


Save the date for SWEA's candle lit annual Lucia procession which will take place on Tuesday 13 December at at the Lutheran Church of our Redeemer. Tickets will be on sale at shortly.  
Upcoming SwedCham events
Thursday 17 November: . SwedCham's Young Professionals visits SwedCham member to get a peak into how award-winning advertising campaigns are born.

Tuesday 22 November: SwedCham APAC CEO Series with President & CEO, .

Monday 5 December: An in-person session on doing business in Malaysia with Ambassador H.E.  and Trade Commissioner . Hosted at SEB's offices.

Wednesday 18 Jan: . , Managing Director APAC and , Global Immigration Manager at SwedCham Silver Sponsor  will give an overview of , Singapore's new point-based immigration framework, as well as offer guidance on how businesses can prepare and identify the potential impacts on workforces.

Thursday 2 February: SwedCham Connect @ 

Thursday 16 March: SwedCham's Annual General Meeting.
Recent SwedCham events
Thursday 10 November: SwedCham's Women4Women Forum hosted a 100 professional women met up for this opportunity to connect across 11 European Chambers of Commerce.

Saturday 5 November 2022: On 5 November the SwedCham community cut the rug in good old Gatsby-style at .

Thursday 13 October: Mr , Business Development Director and Ms , Management Consultant at , presented the latest sourcing trends in China and Southeast Asia.

Friday 7 October: . Thank you  for hosting us at your premises for this in-person networking event.
YP x Forsman & Bodenfors - Company Visit
Get a sneak peek at how award winning advertising campaigns are born


Nov 17, 2022
(7:00 PM - 9:00 PM) (GMT+8)


F&B Office
Mats Rahmström, CEO, Atlas Copco Group
SwedCham APAC CEO Series


Nov 22, 2022
(4:30 PM - 5:30 PM) (GMT+8)
Market Outlook: Malaysia
Moving up the Value Chain


Dec 5, 2022
(8:15 AM - 10:00 AM) (GMT+8)


Singapore's New Immigration Framework Ex...
The Complementarity Assessment Framework (COMPASS)


Jan 18, 2023
(8:30 AM - 9:30 AM) (GMT+8)
SwedCham Main Partners
SwedCham Partners
SwedCham Gold Sponsor
SwedCham Silver Sponsors


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