A partnership to promote workplace dialogue and sustainable economic development

Partnerships and dialogue can increase positive impacts and broaden the scope of operations of Swedish business in developing countries. Through a strategic partnership with Business Sweden, a Team Sweden member, the Swedish Workplace Programme (SWP) prepares global launch.

The partnership between the International Council of Swedish Industry, IF Metall and Business Sweden gives positive synergies that contributes to the impact of the Swedish Workplace Programme in countries where the programme is implemented. Best practices will be shared and activities coordinated. The Swedish Workplace Programme (SWP) is a Swedish Development Cooperation programme that aims to promote social dialogue and sustainability in workplaces by following the value chains of Swedish companies. Regional Programme Coordinators will share office with Business Sweden in South Africa, Kenya, Vietnam and Colombia.

“This partnership adds a new practical dimension on how to increase the sustainability footprint in value chains and contribute to develop relations and partnerships in regions”, says Alessandra Cornale, Global Programme Director, Swedish Workplace Programme.

” With most developing countries evolving towards sustainable manufacturing, mining and supply chains etc, it is necessary for Sweden and Swedish business to have a coordinated and inclusive approach. This specific programme is a perfect example of a successful implementation and collaboration, and shows how the different stakeholders under the Team Sweden umbrella complement each other”, says Ludvig Hermansson, Trade Commissioner South Africa, Business Sweden

Team Sweden is a network of 19 governmental authorities and organisations that collectively work to promote trade, investments and the internationalisation of Swedish business. Sustainable development is a cornerstone of Sweden’s trade promotion. The promotion of economically, socially and environmentally sustainable development and the 2030 Agenda is key. The cooperation in Team Sweden enables its member organisations to share best practices and coordinate activities.

Business Sweden, with its 44 offices across Europe, Americas, Middle East & Africa and Asia Pacific, is the Team Sweden member with the most employees abroad. Jointly owned by the Swedish state and the Swedish business sector Business Sweden acts on a mandate to help international companies gain access to the Swedish market and support Swedish business expansion abroad.

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