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Can technology accelerate the transition towards long-term sustainability? This time, we look at the potential of efficiency improvements.
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Increased access to data, a new digital ecosystem and more active end-customers pave the way for efficiency improvements as well as new business models where sustainability is the guiding light. Here, we learn from the large companies far ahead in the sustainability journey: Ericsson, ICA, and Billerud Korsnäs.
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Director IP Management
Olle Steffner has held several leading positions within R&D, production and digitalization in various companies such as MoDo, Iggesund Paperboard and now BillerudKorsnäs. He is currently responsible for the development and implementation of the corporate IP strategy and is also involved in development and implementation of a corporate digitalization strategy. Olle has several academic degrees from Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, as well as from Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden.
Head of Sustainability
In his current role, Mats focuses on integrating sustainability in the business offerings through a circular economy approach. He leads a team that drives and coordinates global activities within product energy performance, product takeback, substance/material selection, research, customer engagement, product offerings and responsible sourcing in Ericsson.
Mats has a track record of driving sustainable business improvement both within line organizations and cross industry/society settings. Previously, he developed/launched the GreenHeart brand for Sony Ericsson, fronted the industry group that presented MPPI (Mobile Phone Partnership Initiative) on E-waste to the Basel Convention Conference of the Parties (COP), and initiated research on the sustainable development goals with external partners. He also holds experience from leading change and improvement as a consultant in the areas of sustainability, environment, marketing, OHS and quality. Mats has a Master of Science from Royal institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm.Close
Senior Manger Sustainability Strategy
Maria Smith is leading a team with the strategic responsibility for ICA Group’s sustainability work, i.e. to develop, manage, support and drive the work required to reach the ICA Group's strategic priorities, goals and policies in the area of sustainability. Maria and her team work in close collaboration with the different sustainability departments in each operating company and other stakeholders internally/externally. The last couple of years, the team has managed projects and initiatives within the area of e.g. food waste, health and climate within projects like Climate Right awarded with the UN Climate Prize in 2016) and Buddy with your body (a program for school kids to increase their consumption of fruits and vegetables, where approx. 1 million Swedish children have participated).
Maria has worked within ICA for 12 years. Previously, she worked as a consultant and holds a M.Sc. in Chemical Engineering. In 2018 she received the Dagens Industri scholarship to study an 18 months long executive MBA at Stockholm School of Economics. She is engaged in the Board of The Swedish Association for Sustainable Business and has been the chair of the nomination committee of KRAV (i.e. Swedish Organic association) as well as vice chair of Social Venture Network Sweden.Close
Senior Vice President
Sandy is the global leader of Cognizant Business Consulting, a 5000+ Management Consulting arm of Cognizant Technology Solutions. He is responsible for driving Consulting in Global Growth Markets – UK, Continental Europe, APAC, LatAm.Close
Östbergs Consulting AB
Gunilla Östberg, one of the authors behind the book Sustainable business, is a consultant within sustainable business development. With 30 years of experience from leading business positions in various industries, and with a M.Sc. and a Licentiate of Engineering degree, Gunilla combines her deep technology and industry knowledge to help companies create competitiveness, growth and profitability based on long-term sustainability.Close
08:00 Registration & Breakfast
– Solutions for Efficiencies, Sandy Gopalan, Senior Vice President, Cognizant
– With Digitization Towards Leadership on an International Market, Olle Steffner, Director IP Management, BillerudKorsnäs
– Efficiency for Sustainability – At All Levels, Maria Smith, Senior Manger Sustainability Strategy, ICA
– Digital Ecosystems for an Exponential Transformation, Mats Pellbäck Scharp, Head of Sustainability, Ericsson
09:15 Panel discussion
09:30 Event ends