New Members Join GCNS Board

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    Stockholm (NordSIP) – UN Global Compact Network Sweden (GCNS), a Swedish business community collaborative initiative, has been around since 2018, providing a natural meeting place for sustainability experts to exchange strategic ideas and know-how. Based on the UN Global Compact’s Ten Principles and the Global Goals, GCNS aims to help Swedish companies and organisations accelerate their sustainability work.

    At the network’s annual general meeting on 11 May, GCNS elected three new board members. Dahir Khalid, Global Diversity & Inclusion Lead at Atlas Copco, Emil Lindblad Kernell, Business and Human Rights Counsel at Ericsson, and Lingyi Lu, Head of Sustainability at Söderberg & Partners, will be strengthening the Board in the coming years in their efforts to support the network in strategic decisions that favour the Swedish members’ sustainability work.

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    They are joining forces with the seven remaining members of the Board:  Chairman Gabriel Lundström, Head of ESG Investments, SEB Life,  and members Cecilia Chatterjee-Martinsen, International Programs Director at Save the Children Sweden, Magnus Björsne, CEO at AZ BioVentureHub, Andreas Follér, Head of Sustainability at Scania, Anna Romberg, Executive Vice President Legal, Compliance & Governance at Getinge, Camilla Goldbeck-Löwe, Vice President Corporate Responsibility at Epiroc and Vice Chair Helena Hagberg, Head of Sustainability at Areim.

    The AGM also expressed their gratitude to Frida Koff, former Head of Communications and Sustainability at Hemfrid and Malin Ripa, Head of Sustainability at Axel Johnson International, who are exiting the Board after serving actively since the start of the network.

    “I would like to thank the outgoing Board members for their excellent work over the past five years and to extend a warm welcome to the new Board members,” comments Chairman Gabriel Lundström (in Swedish). “Together, I look forward to driving the work of the Board forward to support its members’ strategic sustainability work. The acceleration of sustainability work is more important now than ever,” concludes Lundström.

    GCNS is meant to act as a link between the Swedish members and UN Global Compact’s global network to accelerate the exchange of sustainable solutions, tools, and initiatives. One way to do it is by creating a dialogue between global experts and members of the local network to facilitate business intelligence, business development and implementation of the UN Global Compact’s Ten Principles.

    Let us hope that the renewed Board of GCNS will be successful in their mission to mobilise the members’ commitment and strengthen the implementation of the principles, thus contributing to achieving the UN’s global goals for sustainable development.

    Julia Axelsson, CAIA
    Julia Axelsson, CAIA
    Julia has accumulated experience in asset management for more than 20 years in Stockholm and Beijing, in portfolio management, asset allocation, fund selection and risk management. In December 2020, she completed a program in Sustainability Studies at the University of Linköping. Julia speaks Mandarin, Bulgarian, Hindi, Russian, Swedish, Urdu and English. She holds a Master in Indology from Sofia University and has completed studies in Economics at both Stockholm University and Stockholm School of Economics.
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