Sweden has a long history of international commitment to co-create on sustainable development and holds a leading position in the development of new environmental technology and sustainable system solutions – an important competitive advantage for Swedish companies that operate globally. Business Sweden plays an active, forward-leaning role in this development and has been doing so for a long time.
Our sustainability guide is a good start for companies that want to start or develop their own sustainability work. It explains, amongst other things, how to avoid corruption and crimes against human rights in six steps. You can access the sustainability guide here.
Our efforts are based on international guidelines and principles such as OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, the UN Global Compact and the UN Guiding Principles on Entrepreneurship and Human Rights (pdf). We have signed the UN Global Compact and integrated its ten principles in our management.
In addition, we use Agenda 2030 as an overall control- and communication tool. The private sector plays a crucial role in achieving the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals. An important task for Business Sweden is to help companies in complex markets, where local practices, weak institutions and legislation may increase the risk of corruption, have a negative impact on the environment, or violate human rights and working conditions.
Thanks to our local presence in markets all over the world, Business Sweden has in-depth knowledge of the challenges and risks that international companies may face. We help companies manage these obstacles by providing the necessary information, advice, network, guidelines, tools and instruments.
Code of conduct
Our compass in the field of sustainability is our Code of Conduct, which in turn is based on the Ten Principles of the United Nations Global Compact, Swedish legislation and our own business ethics. This compass helps us at Business Sweden to integrate sustainability into our daily work and make it a natural part of the dialogue we have with our clients.
Our new Code of conduct will be launched in March 2020.
Download our reports for detailed information about Business Sweden's sustainability strategy, goals and results.