On Sunday 11 September there will be a general election in Sweden. At the time of writing, the race is incredibly close between the different alliances, and it still not 100% clear what coalition block would be able to form a stable government.
With a looming energy crisis in Europe, Sweden is having a number of challenges on their home turf as well, such as escalating gang crime rates and long queues to access health care services. Add the NATO application to that, and we can see that it is a lot at stake in this election. We hope that all Swedish citizens in Singapore have cast their votes to build a strong Swedish government for the coming four years.
For a quick guide in English to the election on Sunday, check out Euronews.
Please find below the latest news from our business community.
Your dedicated SwedCham team,
Lisa & Anna
Photo: Melker Dahlstrand/imagebank.sweden.se
|New SwedCham Silver Sponsor|
We are delighted to announce that K2 Corporate Mobility has been approved as new SwedCham Silver Sponsor. K2 is an independent global mobility relocation and professional services provider with its HQ in the UK. Already working closely with many Swedish companies in Southeast Asia, we believe that K2 will be an excellent partner to our membership base in all areas involving relocation and immigration.
|New award for the #candid initiative|
The Davos Communications Awards, launched by the World Communications Forum Association in 2021, are global prestigious awards that recognise exceptional professional work done by businesses, governments and academia in public relations, marketing, branding, social media, CSR and leadership.
For an overview of the #candid initiative, watch this video. Visit our web site here.
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In July this year, Singtel announced that more than 95 per cent standalone 5G coverage across Singapore has been achieved, ahead of the regulatory target of end-2025. As the 5G network is being rolled out, new services and experiences for enterprises and consumers now need to follow. How do we optimise the 5G network to the benefit of the whole society?
Nordic companies play an important role in the digital transformation of Singapore and Southeast Asia. They are key partners in bringing 5G connectivity and innovative solutions to consumers and businesses and are committed to support the development of a digital future in the region. In this joint event, we will explore the Nordic vision for 5G as Singapore is gearing up to become a global front-runner for innovation in 5G applications and services. Chuen Hong Lew, CEO of IMDA, will give the key note and representatives from Ericsson, Telenor, Nokia, Singtel, and Aalto Executive Education Academy will share thoughts on 5G from a multi-dimensional perspective with a specific focus on technology, people, industry, sustainability, and skills. Our four Nordic Ambassadors will also join us for this event. Register for the Nordic 5G event here.
|An After Work like no other|
SwedCham Connect@1880 has been the waterhole that took us through the pandemic. Over the past two years, lock-downs aside, we have been able to meet up for casual networking in groups of five at this exclusive Members' Club by Robertson Quay.
We are now pleased to announce that SwedCham Connect will be moving from 1880 to our Member companies' premises. With this new concept, we will give our Members the opportunity to connect with our business community on their own turf in a casual setting, whilst giving everyone a good night out - finally in a larger setting. A networking event and a company study visit, all-in-one. What a great way to start the weekend...
Join us as we kick off our new networking concept on Friday 7 October at Electrolux' stunning regional offices at Rochester Park. Register for this event here. NB: Members only. Limited to 50 people.
|REPEAT: Female Mentorship Program|
We are looking for a new cohort of mentees for our 2nd edition of our successful Female Mentorship Program, which will launch in November!
Does your company have great female leaders who you would like to see move on to more senior positions? Support their career journey by nominating them for SwedCham's Female Mentorship Program.
SwedCham’s vision for the mentorship program:
- 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.
Who can participate?
- Mentees: The program is aimed at up-and-coming female leaders in middle management positions at SwedCham member companies. The mentees should already have a clear leadership position - either leading a business unit or a team of people.
- Mentors: Senior female & male business leaders (C-suite level or equivalent), preferably with experience in developing female leaders.
The mentorship program will run over 6 months in groups of four: One mentor and three mentees. The group will meet face-to-face once a month, during working hours, for a 2-hour session. SwedCham will be in charge of setting up the groups. The cross-industry set-up provides a safe and neutral space where everyone can feel free to share and discuss openly.
Some inspiration from last year's program can be found here and here. Would you like to know more? Contact Lisa Ferraton at email@example.com.
NB: For SwedCham's Corporate Members only.
Zoe Cheng, Scania, was part of Cohort 1 of SwedCham's Female Mentorship Program. Read her story here:
Zoe Cheng - congratulations to your new role as Regional Manager SEA for Scania! How has your first months on the job been?
In general, very good. I am lucky to have an MD who has given me her full support on my continued leadership journey. She has been guiding me along which made me feel secure in my position from the start. Our previous Regional Manager continues to support me too, even though he is no longer in the region.
In your previous position as a Service Manager, you joined SwedCham's Female mentorship Program last year. Why did you join?
I was nominated to join by my previous boss Anders Liss, as he thought it would be good for me to develop my skill set in leadership and management and that it could benefit my career journey.
How did you experience this female-focused cross-industry leadership development program?
It was an excellent program where I learnt a lot. I met many professional women from different industries and backgrounds with similar experiences as me. The fact that it was set up cross-industry meant that I could discuss and share challenges openly with them. Everyone was so supportive of each other. We could discuss what professional paths we were on and what different strategies that would be most effective to develop further. We wouldn’t have achieved anything without the guidance of our mentor Jerrica Chooi. She has a successful career but still goes out of her way to help the team by sharing her experiences and helping us with our challenges.
You have had a big year this year, as you decided to apply for the role as Regional Manager for Scania, and succeeded in getting the position. Tell us a little bit about your thought process here. Were you confident from the start that you wanted to go for this role as it became available?
From the start of the mentorship program, Jerrica had talked a lot about how women often felt worried about taking on a bigger role. Women tend to want to be 100% sure they have all the capabilities needed before applying for new roles. She encouraged us not to miss opportunities even though you might have questions about your own competence. As this opportunity came up at Scania, I shared in my mentor group that I was interested in applying. All my team mates encouraged me to go for it. I felt really empowered by these encouragements. I discussed with them and I got a lot of helpful advice from Jerrica. Throughout the application process, I got a lot of support from my mentorship group.
You have worked for Scania since 2014, in Hong Kong and Singapore. Why is Scania a good employer?
Scania has given me a lot of opportunities to develop not only as a professional but also as a person. I have always felt that Scania cares about its workforce and that the company works hard to ensure its employees develop in their careers.
What is your vision for Scania in Southeast Asia for the coming 3-5 years?
That we will continue to be the leading brand not only in SEA but in the world and that we lead the way in sustainable transport.
And the final remark will come from Jerrica Chooi, Head of ABB Singapore and Zoe's mentor:
Zoe was definitely ready for this role - she just needed some strong female voices to remind her that the job should be hers, and it was all hers for the taking. Women supporting women!
|Member news: Alimak acquiring Tractel|
SwedCham Member Alimak Group, a market leader in vertical access solutions for industrial and construction industries, has entered into an agreement to acquire Tractel, a world leading height safety specialist.
For Alimak Group, Tractel is a strong strategic fit. The acquisition adds a new vertical into the Group - Height Safety & Productivity Tools - which provides significant synergies for cross selling of solutions, adds a lot of new customers, and opens new segments, and contributes with a vast global network of distributors. It offers significant commercial synergies and growth opportunities, including a significantly wider customer base, an expanded product portfolio and a strengthened global service organization, with growth prospects in Construction, Facade Access as well as in the Wind division.
Come and listen to Thomas Vernersson, Alimak's APAC President, Industrial Division, on Wednesday, 5 October, as he gives his best-practice advice on how to build strong industrial distribution channels in emerging markets. Register for this event here.
|Struggling with setting your SME sustainability agenda?|
Are you an SME struggling to understand how you should build sustainability into your business?
Tulya, a new start-up offering Sustainability Management Accounting Services, are looking for SMEs wishing to understand what impact ESG related topics will have on their value creation over the next 3-5 years and how they can start to develop a sustainability strategy.
A good understanding of companies’ drivers, pain points and general view on sustainable business development is fundamental to develop the right set of services and solutions. Conversations and knowledge exchange with SME business leaders is therefore extremely valuable to Tulya at this early stage. In case there is a shared view on methodology and a mutual interest to move forward, they will offer pro bono pilots for a few partners from different industries.
Tulya's two founders are SASB-FSA and GRI certified and have deep knowledge about sustainability reporting frameworks and sustainable process development.
Business Sweden in Singapore invites Swedish companies to participate in two delegations during October:
- Delegation for Swedish gaming companies to take part in gamescom asia from 19 to 22 October. For more information, click here.
- Delegation for Swedish agri-tech companies to take part in Agri-Food Tech Expo Asia 2022 from 25 to 28 October. For more information, click here.
Each delegation will focus on business opportunities and ecosystem partnerships in Singapore within the respective industry.
It is time to submit your nomination for the EuroCham Sustainability Awards 2022! The EuroCham Sustainability Awards 2022 celebrates the remarkable achievements in sustainability by European as well as Singaporean companies located in Singapore. The winners of each category will be presented and honoured at the EuroCham Sustainability Award Gala Dinner on 29 November in the presence of Ms Grace Fu, Minister for Sustainability and the Environment and H.E. Iwona Piórko, Ambassador of the European Union to Singapore. The categories are:
- Sustainable Business Innovation
- The Road to Net Zero
- Responsible Supply Chain & Circular Economy
- Digital for Sustainability
- Sustainable Travel & Transportation
Application submission deadline: 20 September 2022. For more information, click here.
NORDIC INNOVATION HOUSE
Save the date:
Fredag 23 September: Regional HR Directors' Luncheon at Otto Ristorante.
Saturday 5 November 2022: The Midwinter Ball, Goodwood Park Hotel. Theme: The Roaring 20s. Almost sold out - hurry to get your ticket!
|Market Outlook: Japan|
|What Role will Japan Take in a World of Transition?|
|Sep 15, 2022|
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