SWP in Colombia has launched its Sustainable Business Platform

December 9, 2020
Sustainable Business platform launched in Colombia

The launch of the Sustainable Business Platform in Colombia was organized by the Swedish Workplace Programme.

SWP facilitates a forum called Sustainable Business Platform (SBP) in collaboration with local actors in each Hub of the programme.  These platforms will generate peer to peer discussions and place sustainability on the local business agenda. 

The platform offers the opportunity to identify joint challenges and to develop innovative ways to tackle these challenges. The platform belongs to its members who are the main ​partners of SWP.

The launch was attended by the Swedish Embassy in Colombia, with opening words from Ambassador Helena Storm – along with other Team Sweden members, Swedish companies in Colombia and expert speakers.

During the discussions, the speakers analysed the challenges of the pandemic for businesses in Colombia, as well as opportunities for transformation and innovation while contributing to corporate resilience and employee wellbeing. ​

Speaker Alberto Yohai​, President of the Colombian Chamber for Information:

  • Explained the needs for modernization generated by the pandemic which has triggered the Colombian Chamber of Information Technology and Telecommunications’ work of promoting proper use and massification of technology in the country. Similarly, he reflected on the impact of the pandemic on companies and government entities that had made progress in this matter, compared to those that had not.
  • He stressed that modernization of working methods is what truly generates competitiveness, and that reinventing initiatives are not just an option, but an obligation, not only as a country, but as companies, as unions and as human beings.
  • He presented initiatives from the CCIT such as the 80-180 alliance and Fintegración, from which spaces are promoted to share good practices regarding the Internet of Things, as well as dialogue between traditional and technological sectors, respectively.

Speaker Mario Hernández​ Founder and President of MH brand:

  • COVID-19 pandemic presented an opportunity for reflection and stock taking, a moment to analyze business aspects, overcome preconceptions, and of course, reinvent the company, in processes, products and work cultures.
  • Highlighted the importance of self-evaluation as human beings and members of a company, understanding the importance of being aware of the role and contribution of each person, on a personal, professional and family level.
  • He called for greater commitment by social actors, companies and governments, and the importance of unity with academy, to move forward, generate growth and promote societal values.

The participating companies Securitas, Atlas Copco, SKF Latin Trade, Astra Zeneca, Omia, Getinge, Variadores SA and Alfa Laval, shared reflections on their experience and the measures developed to face the situation, demonstrating their effort to address the pandemic from a human and economic point of view. The following areas are highlighted:

  • Creation of crisis teams to secure the operation of critical areas during quarantine.
  • Importance of communication and marketing areas to maintain constant contact and connectivity with employees and customers. Achievements in generating greater approaches, relationships, and spaces for awareness and training in biosafety to maintain the continuity of customer service, as well as the well-being of the staff.
  • Explanation of new work methods and protocols to avoid contagion among staff, as well as support measures, such as psychological assistance to adapt to work at home and provide peace of mind and logistical support for safe commute to work sites.
  • Prioritization of quick skills development and the adaptation of recruitment profiles for new work methods.
  • Adjustments of agreements with suppliers in order to increase production capacity in factories.
  • Adaptation of work methods due to the advancement of technological tools prior to the pandemic, which contributed to corporate growth during the year.
  • Deep analysis on the impact on the extractive sector, as well as international demand, and the efforts to guarantee fuel production and dispatch. 
  • Call for Corporate Responsibility to address the social impacts of the pandemic and the setback in the goals of reducing poverty and social inequality.

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