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.
How do you realize transformation outside company walls? How can services, skills and smart systems become part of customer solutions and enable global efficiency improvements?
With customers in 100 countries, BillerudKorsnäs has long known the value of streamlining the forest industry, from raw material to the production of paper, packaging and other products. When it joined the initiative Science Based Targets, new goals, where AI and digital transformation play a leading role, became part of the strategy for sustainable solutions and profitable growth.
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
How can 5G and digital platforms facilitate new digital ecosystems and an interconnected world with more sustainable companies and smarter, more efficient cities?
With digitization, 5G and new platforms, Ericsson strives to meet the climate challenges and enable a rapid transformation. So far, Ericsson has reduced its own emissions by 50% and sees significant potential in most industries. Like in road transport; a sector with a large climate impact but also potential for improved sustainability through electrification and self-driving smart systems.
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.
How do you increase the sustainability effects beyond your own organization? Can you extend the improvements to suppliers, customers and other stakeholders with the help of smart tools?
Grocery retail and food production has a huge impact on climate and sustainability – but also potential for efficiency improvements and sustainability effects. ICA is the first grocery retail company in Sweden to get its climate targets approved by Science Based Targets Initiative. Learn how digital tools, distinct requirements and an ambitious target can lead to both more efficient resource utilization and a more sustainable supply chain.
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
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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
Gunilla Östberg, author and sustainable business development expert, will guide us through the event as well as share her own expertise.