October 26 - 27, 2022
13:00 - 16:30
Time zone: Stockholm, GMT+01:00

Welcome to the Nordic Global Compact Meeting 2022!

The Swedish Local Network invites all Nordic Global Compact participants to the Nordic Global Compact Meeting, taking place in Gothenburg, Sweden, on October 26-27. Register today for the opportunity to increase your knowledge, discover new collaborations, and get inspired under the theme "Just Transition and the Role of Business".

The overall theme of the conference is "just transition" with a focus on human rights and climate. Throughout the conference, we will highlight what companies can do to ensure that people are in focus - also in their climate work. To ensure a just transition, where both social, environmental and economic requirements are met, cooperation between different actors is crucial. No company can solve the many crises we are currently facing on its own. Therefore, we will have a special focus on enabling collaboration throughout the conference. During the two-day conference, you will therefore have the opportunity to network, share experiences with Nordic peers and brainstorm solutions around common challenges.

Day 1: October 26, 13.00 - 16.15 (physical registration opens at 12.30)
What is a just transition and what role do businesses play in it?

This year on July 28, the United Nations General Assembly declared that a good environment is a human right. Get inspired and receive some food for thought by leading key-note speakers on human rights and climate. Among others, you will get to listen to:

  • Gabriel Lundström, Chairman of the Board, UN Global Compact Network Sweden, opening the conference.

  • Sonja Leighton-Kone, Acting Deputy Executive Director, UN Environment Programme on the UN declaration stating that access to a clean, healthy and sustainable environment is a universal human right - and what impact this could have on businesses.

  • Victor van Vuuren, Officer in Charge, Assistant Director General (Jobs & Protection), International Labour Organization on what a just transition is, why it matters for business and what the ILO guidelines on just transition consist of.
  • Åsa Regnér, Deputy Executive Director for Policy, Programme, Civil Society and Intergovernmental Support, UN Women on just transition from a gender equality perspective.

  • Anna Kruip, Senior Manager Environment and Climate, UN Global Compact, and Emily Crawford, Senior Advisor Human Rights & Social Impact, Maersk, in a discussion about the UN Global Compact's Think Lab on Just Transition and the impact the initiative has.

  • Karin Lexén, Secretary General, The Swedish Society for Nature Conservation, on a just transition from a climate and civil society perspective.

  • Representatives from the Nordic Global Compact secretariats and Fanny Ejder, Adviser Sustainable Development at the Nordic Council of Ministers in a panel discussion on the various needs of the Nordic business community to contribute to a just transition. Moderator for this panel session is Andreas Follér, Head of Sustainability, Scania and Board member, UN Global Compact Network Sweden.

Day 2: October 27, 9.00 - 16.30 (physical registration opens at 8.30)
How can a just transition become reality?

· How can the fossil free - and just - electrification of the society be achieved? Listen to a panel discussion on the topic between Joël Frijhoff, Lead Sustainability Advisor at Ørsted, Karin Svensson, Chief Sustainability Officer at Volvo Group, Melanie Moore, Vice President ESG at Wilhelmsen Group and Veli-Matti Hilla, Chief Sustainability Officer at Terrafame. Moderator for this session is Emma Olnäs Fors, Partner, Lawyer at Mannheimer Swartling.

· What actions can businesses take for children’s rights? Listen to key-findings from the stocktaking report by UNICEF, Save the Children and UN Global Compact, and two panel discussions on “Learning from the past decade and setting targets for the future”, and “From best to normal practice: Children in due diligence, mainstream business and just transition”. Speakers include Pernilla Baralt, Executive Director, UNICEF Sweden, Davinia Ovett Bondi, Head of the Global Hub for Child Rihts and Business, Save the Children, and company representatives from Accenture, IKEA, Global Child Forum, UNICEF, Centre for Child Rights and Business, and Telia. Moderator for this session is Sandra Alter, Human Rights and Business Expert, Enact Sustainable Strategies.

· How can companies prepare for upcoming legal and reporting requirements linked to the environment and human rights? During this session, the following frameworks and reporting requirements will be addressed:
     – EU taxonomy
     – CSRD/ESRS: Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive / European Sustainability Reporting Standards
     – CSDDD: Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive
     – The new UN Global Compact Communication on Progress

Presenters for this session include experts from Deloitte, Epiroc, Ericsson, Pandora, Ramboll, Shift and UN Global Compact. Moderator for this session is Anniina Kristinsson, Senior Manager, Nordic Sustainability.

General facilitator for the full conference is Cecilia Chatterjee Martinsen, International Program Director, Save the Children Sweden and Board member, UN Global Compact Network Sweden. The conference will be held in English and in a hybrid format. The entire programme will be available for physical attendance, and parts of the programme will be streamed digitally for those who cannot join in Gothenburg. 

Registration for the conference is now open for all Nordic Global Compact participants and information about the conference program is being updated continuously. Don't miss the chance to attend - register today!


DATE: October 26-27

TIME: The conference starts at 13:00 on October 26 and ends at 16:30 on October 27

PLACE: Brewhouse (Åvägen 24, Gothenburg) or online through digital participation