Are you our next Young Professionals Board Member?

Who are we?
The Swedish Young Professionals in China (YP) is the youth committee of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce in China. We focus on connecting young talented individuals with companies in Shanghai and Beijing through a range of activities such as company visits, midsummer parties and inspiring seminars.

What responsibilities will you have as a Board Director?
Joining the YP family means you’ll have the role as a Board Director together with four to five other young professionals in Shanghai
Engaging as a Board Director is an unpaid commitment, however we respect that your work or studies are priority
You will drive projects that you voluntarily have committed to
You will participate in as many of our events as possible

Who are you?
Knowledge in the Chinese and Swedish market
Experienced in project management, social media and WeChat
Looking to expand your network in China
Driven and excited to lead projects
Able to be creative and work well in teams
Spoken Mandarin is meritorious

How to apply?
Send an email (brief introduction and CV) to: Linn@swedcham.cn no later than April 30. Interviews will start in May.

Hope to see you! 🇸🇪🇨🇳

BJ: Compliance in Procurement – “Continuous monitoring is key”

Reducing risks, streamlining operations, and cutting costs are goals that all companies, public and private alike, have in common. But today, rather than seeing procurement solely as a transactional business function, more companies are realizing the inherent value in procurement serving as a versatile and dependent ally to the compliance department.

Yesterday the Nordic chambers jointly hosted a breakfast seminar with Sami Lindström and Alexander Ocieczek from Asia Perspective to share key considerations of an efficient corporate compliance program, and what should be borne in mind when procuring from Chinese companies.

When doing business in China, Foreign companies encounter local perspectives and assumptions that make adherence to corporate compliance programs an ever evolving and challenging effort. Because of a highly competitive and culturally different operating environment, ensuring adherence to corporate ethics and compliance policies remains a key concern and challenge for European companies purchasing from China.

Continuous monitoring is key” – said Sami Lindström during the seminar, and stressed the importance of establishing relations to suppliers, subcontractors. before the purchase. “It is important to know who they are, their location and what it is that they do for their remuneration, so that you are aware of each of the elements of their supply chain“.

Sami also pointed out the need to review suppliers’ processes to make sure that each supplier can ensure product or service quality and safety and ensure that appropriate policies, procedures and whistleblowing processes are in place and, suggested that if these processes was not yet in place, one should collaborate with suppliers to develop them.



EF No Plastic! Initiative: On A Mission to Spread Educational Knowledge

Crawling ivy, hammock chairs, bamboo screens, bird nest work stations, the place has fully embodied “green innovation” with ingenious décor ideas. Stepping into EF’s office on Jiu An Plaza, you will wonder if you have fallen into a wonderland.

The underground lobby of EF’s office building

As a global education company, EF is on a mission to open the world through education. The knowledge they are spreading is more than just language and culture, but also about environmental awareness.

“Be consistent, start small and get your colleagues
involved through education.”
– Anna Karin Toren,
EF Wellness Director

EF joined SwedCham’s No Plastic! Challenge last year but their sustainability effort can be traced back before then. In 2017, they started to actively raise awareness and screened the documentary A Plastic Ocean to trigger more green thinking.

A Plastic Ocean (2013) directed by Craig Leeson, discovers a startling amount of plastic pollution in the world’s oceans.

In 2018 and 2019, EF took the chance to leverage Women’s Day to promote office sustainability: a little surprise give-away to their female employees in China with beautiful bamboo cutlery kits and a set of reusable metal straws to replace single-use plastic items.

EF have come up with more daily measures to minimise the non-reusable materials. They changed all hand soaps to eco&more essential oil based products, and hosted monthly refill events for employees, which largely reduced the plastic packages.

Water filters were installed on each floor so no more plastic barrels or plastic bottles will be in used for water consumption. You can even find a full-time a-yi bustling around the in-house kitchen to cook green and healthy food for EF employees.

EF has been dedicated to making a difference by letting people be more aware of the choices they make in their everyday life and sharing ideas on how to reduce environmental footprints.

Join our upcoming Sharp Talk – Sustainable Workplace held at EF headquarter, and have a tour around their green office to see what a No Plastic! worklife is like!

BJ: Crash course to Chinese Porcelain with Antikwest

BJ: This Saturday Björn and Louise Gremner from AntikWest invited us to their exhibition hall, Jiguge Antiques, in Liulichang to share how to identify and date Chinese porcelains.

AntikWest was founded in 1971 by Björn Gremner, Managing Director and expert in Chinese porcelain and art. Their main focus is sales and marketing of Chinese antiques but they also do consulting on Chinese culture and objects. Björn Gremner is known from Swedish TV-show Antikrundan where he consults as an expert on Chinese and Japanese porcelain and art.

When looking at “Chinese Porcelain” as a whole, Björn suggests to divide the porcelain in two major groups – Chinese market porcelain and Chinese export porcelain. The Chinese market porcelain is primarily made for the Asian market and includes both the imperial ware and ordinary ware. Both of these groups often carry base marks. Antique export porcelain on the other hand, very seldom carry base marks.

The difference between antique pieces made for different markets is found both in their shapes, which depends on their intended use, and their decoration. Flat plates is a western requirement as is handles on tea cups. Most pieces you can sort up easily by comparing with textiles from the area.

The western 17th to 19th century shapes are typically flat and deep plates with condiment flanges, chargers, tea and coffee cups with or without handles, dishes, soup tureens, jugs, pitchers and the like. The Chinese common folks themselves mostly settled for soup bowls of medium size and jars for storage of different size according to what were to go in them. Small jars and boxes for condiments and this and that are the most common of the Asian market shapes.

Björn’s 3 tips for the novice collector of Chinese porcelain:
1. Buy the items outside from China – for someone with limited knowledge about Chinese antiques it is today rare to find old porcelain in China that is manufactured.
2. During the 14th – 19th centuries the porcelain was very thin, so if the porcelain is thicker it might be a replica.
3. Always look at the bases of the ceramics – the way a base of a vessel is cut, finished and glazed changes throughout the dynasties, so looking at bases can help enormously with dating and authentication.

Opening: General Manager to SwedCham China

The Chamber

The Swedish Chamber of Commerce in China is a non-profit, non-governmental organization with 260 Swedish and Sweden-related member companies, officially recognized as a foreign chamber of commerce by the PRC. The Chamber is headquartered in Beijing with representation in Shanghai. Our mission is to advance our members’ business interests through Networking, Information and Advocacy. To that end, our activities include events, open seminars, closed-door dialogues, surveys, reports, white papers, as well as top-level meetings. Furthermore, we aim to improve Sino-Swedish business ties and promote our members and the Swedish brand through the Team Sweden collaboration with among others the Swedish Embassy, the Shanghai Consulate and Business Sweden, etc.

The Role

We are looking for a passionate and energetic individual to further the Chamber’s strategic development and its member-centered expansion. The position involves overall responsibility before the Board of Directors for the design and implementation of the Chamber’s business strategy, as well as the organization’s performance and financial result. The ideal candidate should display strong leadership skills in organizational change, leading a distributed organization, and cross-cultural management.

Main responsibilities:

  • Propose the Chamber’s strategy, in close collaboration with the Board of Directors, Chapter Boards, and offices.
  • Taking the leading role in shaping the Chamber’s annual business plan and budget.
  • Lead the Chamber’s day to day activities and implementation of the business and activity plan.
  • Responsible for budgeting and P&L.
  • Overall team management responsibilities for two localized offices (Beijing and Shanghai).
  • Participate in board meetings. Report to board informed about activities, development and deviations to plans and budgets.
  • Represent the Chamber in meetings with members and partners, in public and media appearances and in supporting members activities.
  • Monitor Swedish, Chinese and international business trends and ensure members are informed about relevant changes.
  • Representing the Chamber at Team Sweden activities and maintain the Chamber’s relationship with the Team Sweden members.

Your Profile

To be successful in the position, we believe that you:

  • Have a university education and 5 years working experience.
  • Business English proficiency. You are also fluent in Swedish. Mandarin proficiency is beneficial.
  • Have previous experience of working in or with China. Being currently based in China is an advantage.
  • Have a track record of management experience in a service organization, preferably membership-based.
  • Are able to build professional relationships with people at all seniority levels, from all backgrounds, and a across a wide range of industries, being visible, reachable, relationship-building and charismatic.
  • Have experience of multi-stakeholder partnerships, ideally including public, private, and non-profit actors.
  • Have experience from managing teams, including recruitment and employee development.
  • Have experience from organizing events, from smaller business seminars to large social dinners.
  • Have the possibility to travel within the country on a monthly basis, and internationally from time to time.

Practical Details

This is a full time position with local contract.

It’s a benefit if the candidate is in China already with a valid working permit.

Target starting date is June-Aug., 2019.

Apply

Applications will be processed on an ongoing basis. To apply please submit a resume with estimate of salary expectations, and visa status.

For questions regarding the position or to apply please contact:

Joakim Hedhill at: johe20@handelsbanken.cn (Beijing)

Per Lindén at: per.linden@scandicsourcing.com (Shanghai)

Questions regarding the position can also be directed to Martin Vercouter, the current holder, at martin@swedcham.cn.


BJ: Swedish Afterwork with New Dragon Partner Volvo Group

Claes Svedberg, President of Volvo (China) Investment Co., Ltd
and member of the Beijing Chapter

BJ: Last Friday 50+ guests joined our Swedish Afterwork together with our new Dragon Partner Volvo Group at Volvo Group’s favourite after work spot, Pudao wine bar in Beijing.

Claes Svedberg, President of Volvo (China) Investment Co., Ltd and member of the Beijing Chapter, initiated with welcoming all the guests and talked about Volvo Group’s 20 years in China. Today Volvo Group is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of medium and heavy-duty trucks, buses, construction equipment and marine and industrial engines.

During the Swedish Afterwork we also had the opportunity to wish a fond farewell to Claes Svedberg, who will leave his position in Beijing in March for a new assignment in Singapore.

In becoming one of SwedCham’s Dragon Partners, Volvo Group joins Atlas Copco, Handelsbanken, Mannheimer Swartling, Syntronics and Volvo Cars. Dragon Partners are important contributors to SwedCham’s ability to serve its members, and by extension a great support for the Swedish business life in China.

Ericsson’s No Plastic Initiative: “Start Small – Get Big Results”

As part of SwedCham’s No Plastic! challenge, we bring forward a participating company to showcase their plastic-free achievement. This month, we highlight Ericsson.

Did you know that Ericsson’s first business with China dates back to 1892? Ericsson built the connection with China over a century ago by shipping 2,000 phones to Shanghai. Today, Ericsson continues to be a trusted partner for China’s telecommunication industry and is committed to leveraging a circular and sustainable economy through a strong corporate culture.

Ericsson accepted SwedCham’s NoPlastic! challenge in 2018. This is how it all started:

Ericsson employees who bring their own cups receive discounts on beverages

First, they began with a voluntary program to reduce employee’s consumption of single-use plastics. Small discounts on beverages served in employees own cups was a well-received initiative. The next step was to replace plastic products with bio-degradable items in cafeterias, coffee shops and cleaning facilities.

Cedric Vanhaver, Internal Communication Lead of Ericsson China.

“The most important aspect is not to reduce the convenience to users.” – Cedric Vanhaver

According to Cedric, some companies may hesitate to do a plastic-free campaign of fear of receiving negative response. Ericsson has shown that small steps, not only can be well-received, but also have great impact. Here’s what they’ve achieved:

Big Results of Ericsson’s No Plastic:
·100% plastic bags used are biodegradable;
·23% of plastic garbage bags are reduced by sharing garbage bins among desks;
·All plastic stirring rods are eliminated.

BJ: Digital Transformation – the path to business value & competitiveness

BJ: Digitalization is no longer a matter for the IT department only. Business leaders of today need to understand the trends and impact of digitalisation, identify digital drivers that will bring the most value to their business and set a digital agenda prioritizing initiatives going forward. Still, 70 % of Swedish organisations have not yet adapted IoT.

In order to get more informed we invited Karoliina Callavik, co-founder of Cobel Sweden, a consultancy supporting companies in digital transformation to share intel on current trends and best practice.

It is no longer enough to throw the matter to the IT department – digitalization affects the entire organisation“, said Karoliina, emphasising the necessary to adapt – and to do it before it is too late. “Today we spend on average 7h/day with a screen. We require individual adaptation, speed, flexibility and transparency. And especially our millennials are value driven with a demand for sustainability.

Karoliinas three tips to to future-proof your organisation:

  1. Focus on the customer
    Everything starts from the customer. Today everyone talks about “customer centric” business instead of “customer focused” business. The customer today is well informed and has an advantage over the business. Keeping track of the “Customer Journey” is a hygiene factor.
  2. Change the mindset of the leadership
    The digital focus of the management is the starting point for the digital change journey. Management is responsible for adapting the overall strategy to the digital reality, to ensure that the business changes in pace with outside development and to develop the organization’s digital skills with related IT infrastructure and management.
  3. Just do it!
    It is crucial to understand the rapid development of the world and to work actively with idea management, innovation and agile development. Creating new business and delivery models using digital technology is the new way forward.

SwedCham: Call for Board Nominations

Do you want to have your say, and contribute to the Chamber’s development?

The election committee has started its work to prepare a proposal for the upcoming year’s Main Board of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce in China. The proposal needs to be finalized by middle of March and will be presented to the Annual General Meeting (AGM) on May 10th.

This is your chance to have a real impact on the Sino-Swedish business climate. We are looking for candidates with a desire to improve the business environment for Swedish companies in China, and to improve the Chamber itself.

Requirements: You should be working for a company which is a member of SwedCham China. You should be resident in China, and expect to be a resident for the full period that the board is elected for (1 year), and be prepared to put in the time necessary to attend board meetings (monthly in Beijing or Shanghai), possible working groups, and other Chamber activities.

Please communicate any nominations to the members of the election committee per email (links in signature below) and include the following information:
  1. Name and contact Information.
  2. Which Member you are representing.
  3. Recent CV or Resume.
  4. Mission Statement.
  5. Photo.

Deadline for application: March 12th, 2019.

Thank you,

BJ: Swedish After Work and Office-Warming in Beijing

BJ: Last Friday we kicked off the spring with the very first Swedish After Work of the year when we welcomed members and friends to our new office in central Liangmaqiao area. The new office is located in Jin Shang, a multi-discipline and multi-functional co-working space with event spaces, hotel, co-labs, eateries and much more in the same building.

We were happy to see more than 40+guests celebrate this happy occasion with us. Next Swedish After Work will take place on March 1 at Pudao when we, together with Volvo Group, celebrate that Volvo Group has joined us as a Dragon Partner. In doing so, Volvo Group joins Atlas Copco, Handelsbanken, Mannheimer Swartling, Syntronics and Volvo Cars. Dragon Partners are important contributors to SwedCham’s ability to serve its members, and by extension a great support for Swedish business life in China.

Next time you visit us you find us at this address:
Room 226, 2nd Floor, 20 Xinyuanli West, Chaoyang District, Beijing
北京市朝阳区新源里西20号2层226