About us

NIR promotes conducting economically, socially and environmentally sustainable business in complex markets.

Who we are

NIR is a member-based non-profit organisation. Our members represent some of Sweden’s largest export companies and the financial sector. NIR has 14 employees in Stockholm and regional coordinators in Nairobi, Johannesburg, Hanoi and Bogotá.

NIR’s Board of Directors gathers high-level representatives from our member companies and organisations.

A brief history

⦁ Dr Marcus Wallenberg  founded NIR in 1960 as the Swedish Industry’s Council for Foreign Affairs.

⦁ NIR’s focus shifted from the European Economic Community in the 1960s to emerging markets in the late 1970s, and then to complex markets in 2006.

⦁ As the boundaries between political and sustainability risks in complex markets are often vague, the focus has shifted towards mitigating risks by promoting sustainability.

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NIR's role

NIR brings members together to identify common challenges and opportunities in complex markets.

Through NIR Swedish business collaborate with other stakeholders with the common goal of promoting and enabling environment for conducting economically, socially and environmentally sustainable business.

Since 1960, NIR has worked in countries with higher levels of challenges and risks but that have long-term business potential for Swedish industry. Such challenges and risks have changed over time and the focus on sustainability has become imperative. Today, NIR continues to work in complex markets with a particular focus on sustainability and ESG-related challenges.

NIR is a link between development aid and trade by collaborating with stakeholders, ranging from governments, authorities and academia to non-governmental organisations and companies, both in Sweden and in partner countries. For more than a decade, NIR has collaborated with Swedish and partner country trade unions.

Insights from the private sector on challenges and opportunities lay the foundation for the design and implementation of NIR’s capacity development programmes in OECD-DAC countries. NIR’s external programmes are funded by grants from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) and the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs.

As a non-profit organisation, NIR is a neutral partner, which contributes to its credibility in partnerships and activities in programme countries.

How we work

Regardless of the business model or industry, companies operating in complex markets face similar challenges. By working together with our members and partners, NIR improves business conditions and supports market development to pave the way for more sustainable business, as well as to increase the demand for sustainable solutions.

NIR is a meeting point for our members by:

  • identifying challenges, such as sustainability risks, and opportunities in selected markets; 
  • facilitating exchange between members on how to effectively manage challenges and risks in complex markets; 
  • acting as a nexus between the private and public sectors;
  • collaborating with partners and stakeholders to improve business conditions in complex markets; 
  • adding value to the Swedish presence in complex markets; and
  • implementing programmes to bring partners and stakeholders together to promote social, environmental and economic sustainability.

Unite members

Identify challenges and opportunities

Shape initiatives

Partner with others

Implement initiatives


NIR is a member-based organisation and each of our member companies is represented as a member of the Board of Directors. Our members represent some of Sweden’s largest export companies and financial sector.


Code of conduct

NIR’s Code of Conduct strengthens its internal and external anti-corruption and risk management processes, while also emphasising a policy of zero tolerance for any form of bribery or corruption at all levels of our operations. The Code of Conduct is available at: NIR Code of Conduct

Whistleblower function

NIR has zero tolerance for any form of bribery and corruption and we are committed to the highest ethical and professional standards in accordance with our Code of Conduct. NIR’s Whistleblower function is an important tool in ensuring that we comply with these values. We encourage and expect all relevant parties to speak up and report any behaviour in relation to NIR’s operations that is unethical, illegal or contrary to NIR’s Code of Conduct.


The Board of Directors is comprised of a Chair  and a representative from each member company and organisation. The Annual General Meeting elects the Chair, member companies and organisations of the Board. 

Board of Directors

NIR’s engaged Board of Directors is comprised of high-level representatives from our member companies and organisations. 

Annika Berglund 

Marie Aglert
Exportkreditnämnden (EKN)

Camilla Goldbeck-Löwe 
Epiroc AB

Jörgen Haglind
Tetra Laval Group

Sara Olsson

Tony Lindström
Volvo Group

Daniel Lundgren
Siemens Energy AB

Paul Palmstedt
AB Electrolux

Ingrid Furukvist

Henrik Petersson
Saab AB

Lisa Osbäck
Scania CV AB

Sofia Svingby 
Atlas Copco

Juliette Xue Lascoux

NIR's staff

NIR’s headquarters is located at Sturegatan 11 in Stockholm, Sweden, and regional coordinators are located in Bogotá, Hanoi, Johannesburg and Nairobi.

Find more about NIR’s staff under the CONTACT page.