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Sweden-China Trade Council
Box 55680
102 15 Stockholm
Phone: +46 8 22 68 88
Visit: Näringslivets Hus, Storgatan 19, Stockholm

Sweden-China Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Business

Sweden and China have a long history of trade and cooperation. Swedish companies have been operating in China since the 1800s. Today, China is Sweden’s largest trading partner in Asia and trade with China has increased steadily during recent years. In addition to the approximately 10,000 Swedish companies engaged in trade with China, there are about 500 companies with operations on the ground in China. China is a key and strategic market for many of these companies, housing their largest subsidiaries and suppliers. China is also a high risk country with regards to human and labour rights as they pertain to business, and many Swedish companies face difficult issues and risks on complex markets like China. As businesses, Swedish companies have a responsibility to ensure that their operations comply with Chinese laws and regulations, and a responsibility to respect human rights. There is a growing demand on multinational companies around the world to avoid doing harm and leverage their influence to make a positive impact. It is also in the interest of Swedish companies to be operating on a level playing field with Chinese competitors and business partners.

The past twenty years have seen a dramatic, global economic power shift. China is no longer merely the factory to the world; it is a major global economic player in its own right, with competitive companies operating in all industries and all corners of the world. With China’s increasing overseas investments, sustainability has become a more and more important issue also for Chinese companies. Companies increasingly recognise that responsible business conduct go hand in hand with profitability, by reducing risks to operations, preserving reputation, motivating and retaining employees, obtaining a social licence to operate, and building investor trust.

Launched in 2016, Sweden-China Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Business (SCSB) is a platform for members of Sweden-China Trade Council to discuss current issues, share experiences, and explore possible solutions, good practices, partnerships, and other ways to address common challenges and risks related to doing business with and in China. At the platform launch meeting in March 2016, Malin Oud, Chairperson of SCSB, moderated a discussion with corporate responsibility/sustainability managers at Ericsson, H&M, Volvo Cars and Sweden’s Ambassador for sustainable business. All Swedish and Chinese enterprises with a presence in Sweden are welcome to join SCSB. SCSB members will meet 3-4 times per year. Topics that will be discussed include:

– Linking social and environmental sustainability

– Human rights due diligence

– Stakeholder engagement

– Remedy mechanisms

– Labour rights and collective bargaining

– Responsible global supply chain management

– Migrant workers

– Children’s rights

– Business ethics and anti-corruption

– Identifying and addressing human rights risks in mergers and acquisitions

– Challenges and solutions for small & medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)

Contact persons:

Malin Oud, Chairperson, Sweden-China Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Business, SCSB

Elisabet Söderström, Secretary General, Sweden-China Trade Council