It was a real pleasure to have Johan Karlström, CEO of Skanska as the key note speaker at Industrial Forum. Karlström gave a most inspirational talk about Skanska and its sustainability agenda. It is clear that Skanska aims high and wants to be a leading industry on sustainable business practices. It was also interesting to learn more about major projects both in Sweden and in the UK. In London Skanska design and building expertise has become synonymous with the ‘Gherkin’, which is London’s tallest ecological building with 360° panoramic views. Skanska employs 5,000 people in the UK and close to 60,000 worldwide.
The Industrial Forum, which the embassy runs in collaboration with the Swedish Chamber of Commerce, is a lecture series that has been running since the 1990s. It has been a very successful format for senior business leaders to meet and exchange views. Guest speakers in recent years have included Cristina Stenbeck, Jens Henriksson, Viveca Ax:son Johnson Niclas Zennström, Börje Ekholm and John Cridland.