The Transportation, Fashion and Food industries come together in New York as the Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce in New York (SACCNY) ramps up its sustainability initiative targeting industry decision-makers, innovators and impact investors.
Following a highly successful start in 2019 coupled with an established need for a forum to meet and discuss global sustainability issues, the Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce in New York ramps up its Impact Track – a transatlantic network and series of industry-focused summits and workshops, designed to take action and create new partnerships across silos.
“The SACCNY Impact Track curates high quality content and events around sustainability that companies of all stages can learn from, says Sophie Stenbeck, investor and Partner at Max Ventures. ”The Impact Track highlights best practice from the Nordics and shares this with the New York community, as well as connects Swedish businesses and founders with likeminded U.S. partners. The Impact Track’s work resonates deeply with my personal values and helps us all become smarter and more conscious investors and consumers. I am proud to be an ambassador for this important initiative, Stenbeck continues.
This year, the Impact Track hones in on three serious environmental polluters: transportation, fashion and food and aims to circle in on the chllenges facing these industries and incentivizing collaboration for solving issues related to digitization, leadership, supply chain and energy efficiency. The program will gather heads of multinational brands, industry leaders, influencers, investors and Swedish problem-solving innovators with its call for action. Each area touches on several United Nations Sustainability Development Goals, galvanizing change in the private sector and leveraging businesses’ power to be a part of closing the loop.
Uniquely positioned between Sweden and the United States, and with most major Swedish and many American multinational corporations and decision makers in its direct network, SACCNY has the potential to influence business leaders across a wide specrum. The cross-sectorial approach and action-oriented nature of Impact Track are set to provide unlimited opportunities for partnerships and collaboration.
“We have a decade to achieve the goals in the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda and there is so much work left to be done. Industry and big businesses are accountable for much of the existing greenhouse gas emissions, however, they also hold the solutions, innovations and technologies necessary to achieve the global goals in time. Our role as a facilitator is to create the forums needed for collaboration and to nudge industry leaders in the right direction” say President, Anna throne-Holst, and Head of Communications & Impact Track, Yasmina Backström, who founded the initiative together as a contribution to nudging the business world towards sustainability.
SACCNY has done extensive research to find the best Swedish thought-leaders and innovators for the Impact Track series, and the events will include deep-dives, half-day workshops, sustainability and impact forums, business matchmaking and beyond aimed at creating meaningful impressions on key industry influencers that will translate into action. Already, several well-known Swedish power-players have signed up, including Volvo Cars USA, SAS and UBS.
The Impact Track Story
Collaboration is the most effective way to achieve positive impact. If we can harness innovation, we have the capacity to change at an unprecedented scale. The SACCNY Impact Track was created in 2019 to be a catalyst for impact and to gather the business world in this work.
Sweden is world-renowned as “the innovation nation”, and is simultaneously striving to become a leader in the implementation of Agenda 2030. New York City, is in many ways the financial capital of the world provides the opportunities, contacts and resources to bring innovation and impact to scale. This combination of networks and opportunities between the two are set to help create world-bettering change.
Less than one year after its launch, the Impact Track has hosted and collaborated with international development organizations, global corporations and brands such as UNICEF, Reach for Change, The Swedish Fashion Council, Stockholm Fashion District, FIT, H&M, Fjällräven, Nudie Jeans and re:newcell. Entering 2020, Volvo Cars’ and SAS’ respective U.S. leadership will join the conversation on sustainability challenges at the Impact Track leadership summits moderated by Anna Skarborg, the current head of the highly impactful Novare Sustainable Business program in collaboration with The World Economic Forum.
The Impact Track is rapidly growing its network and roster of international changemakers with a high-level sustainability advisory board including John Nevado, investor and advisor at Align17; Sophie Stenbeck, investor and founding partner at Max Ventures; Anna Ryott, chair of Summa Equity; Lisa Lindström, CEO of Doberman; Anna Skarborg, Founder of Spring Street Advisors; Katarina Strandberg, CEO and Co-Founder; and Leila Falkenberg, CCO and Co-Founder at The Swedish Villa.