The Swedish Chamber of Commerce in Hungary, AmCham Hungary, the Swiss Chamber of Commerce in Hungary and Bridge Budapest kindly invites you to our joint brunch focusing on Hard Rock Scenarios of the Future Value-driven Leaders.
Date: Thursday 2 December, 9.00-11.00
Venue: TABLE Suite Restaurant & Event Space (Budapest, Király u. 53. 3rd floor, 1077)
The Swedish Chamber of Commerce in Hungary, in cooperation with the Embassy of Sweden in Budapest, continues its journey of creating or reviving platforms of business communication and cooperation. Our guest of honor at our latest Business Forum was Prof. Dr. László Palkovics, Minister for Innovation and Technology, who gave a comprehensive presentation and overview on Hungarian industrial and technological strategy.
The Swedish Chamber of Commerce hosted the first Hungarian CSR Awareness Week. The aim of the online campaign was to raise awareness of the importance of corporate social responsibility, to enable companies to share experiences from their CSR campaigns and inspire each other to operate in a sustainable and socially conscious way.
We will continue our focus on CSR in order to help companies organize even more effective CSR campaigns with greater positive impact.
The Swedish Chamber of Commerce in Hungary held its General Assembly 2021 on May 20 in the presence of 29 members.
The event was opened by H.E. Dag Hartelius, Ambassador of Sweden to Hungary and Honorary President of SCCH, who reflected on the Chamber's journey since last summer; highlighting its increased activity and visibility in several areas including collaboration with several ministries. Another area was linked to the survey on Corporate Social Responsibility commissioned by the Swedish Embassy leading to an interesting panel discussion and the initiative CSR Awareness Week 2021 taking place end of June.
Our President, Thomas Straumits, briefly summarized our activities and results along the four pillars of SCCH’s strategy as defined by our members in deep interviews and discussions: Exposure, Advocacy, Networking and Information sharing and celebrated the results of our digital Lucia event reaching more than 35000 impressions.
At the meeting, we approved the overall budget for 2021 and introduced a few revisions to the Deed of Foundation which were voted unanimously. We are happy to announce that Andrea Sztarcsevity from Volvo Cars and Ákos Eőry from Leinonen were elected as Election Committee members and will support the Chamber to prepare the elections in 2022.
We are also very proud to welcome 9 new members to the Chamber who introduced themselves to the General Assembly: Airvent, Bettson Group (Hubsson), HAVD Group Interior, Kinnarps, Nefab, Nolato, Papyrus, Qamcom and S-Tér.
After an overview on the CSR landscape in Hungary, presented by Katarina Szécsi Åsbrink from the Embassy of Sweden, 4 CEO’s from 4 different sectors and an NGO representative shared their view and experience in developing CSR strategy, their challenges and how to create a long term and sustainable value to both the company and the society. CSR activities offer a lot of value and drive engagement among employees and the community. Donations of funds and goods are most frequently used but there is an increased interest in pro-bono and skill based CSR and innovating in the field.
The panelists were:
Péter Csucska, Managing Director & General Manager, Lexmark; Board Member, AmCham Hungary;
Taira-Julia Lammi, CEO of ABB Kft;
Laszlo Molnar, Health and Medical Solutions division of Essity in Hungary and South East Europe;
Veronika Špaňárová, Managing Director & Citi Country Officer, Hungary;
András F. TÓTH, Executive Director at Volunteering Hungary
The moderator of the event was Thomas Straumits, President, SCCH
Today, we also launched a new initiative: CSR Awareness Week taking place on June 28-July 4.
… was the title of our two Intercultural Management sessions where our trainers Eva Degerman and Klara Denzin from Orban Consulting delivered deep insights via short examples and case studies into intercultural differences and similarities in the working relationship with Swedish business partners and managers.
As requested by our members, we have now activated the HR Forum and held our first inaugural event with almost 30 participants on 27th of January with a workshop on "Key Learnings from the Pandemic". Three HR Managers from our member companies, representing different sectors discussed challenges and shared their experiences, gained during 2020 due to the pandemics, in the frame of an online panel discussion.
The Swedish Chamber of Commerce in Hungary kindly invites you to our first HR workshop on COVID learnings and experiences on the 27th of January, 11 a.m.
Three HR Managers from our member companies, representing different sectors will discuss challenges and share experiences, gained during 2020 due to the pandemics, in the frame of an online panel discussion.
SCCH CELEBRATING 25 YEARS COMMITMENT TO HUNGARY
25 years ago, a few Swedish companies decided to confirm their commitment to Hungary by establishing the Swedish Chamber of Commerce in Hungary. Some of them had been here already since 1907, some of them arrived later, but what they have in common is that they brought partnerships, innovative solutions and products which greatly contributed to the economic growth of Hungary.
Our celebration will highlight our innovative sideof the companies and the value they have brought and how they and their products/services have developed and changed our everyday as a result.
Some will say, 2020 is a year that never existed and therefore should be forgotten. Others will argue that we will probably always remember it. 2020 has brought us learnings of transforming business models, persisting through various restrictions and finding new ways of doing things. We have greatly advanced our digital engagement capabilities and collaboration opportunities in an unprecedented leapfrog year which may not have happened otherwise. Our business leaders have been faced with new challenges on how to enable effective remote working and home office capabilities whilst having to drive continued motivation and team spirit. Others have had to reshape their whole working environment to observe pandemic regulations and to protect their employees and customers. This year has truly been an exceptional year for many reasons.
We are happy to announce that the Swedish Chamber of Commerce in Hungary was among the first business associations together with AmCham, Swisscham and BELGABIZ, who signed the Conscious Business Culture Declaration of Bridge Budapest. “Swedish companies have been investing in Hungary for more than 100 years, where the key has always been to build long term business relations, along common values”, said Thomas Straumits, President.
The Swedish Chamber of Commerce in Hungary (SCCH) aims to expand economic and commercial relations between Sweden and Hungary. Today, there are over 130 Swedish companies employing Hungarian talent and investing in the country. Many of these organizations are members of SCCH, including Volvo, Electrolux, Ericsson, ABB, and Sigma Technology, among others. Thomas Straumits is a newly elected President of the Chamber, and he is optimistic about developing cooperation between these two European countries.
21.10.2020 SWEDISH CHAMBER MACROECONOMIC OUTLOOK WEBINAR
Experts predict the Hungarian GDP to be back on 2019 levels by 2022
Over the past years the Hungarian financial indicators have exceeded the expectations, however recent challenges with COVID 19 have turned the economy up and down.
The survival of the national economy will depend on the ability of Hungary to appropriately react and proactively mitigate the impacts.
Macroeconomics has always been an important factor to consider for our Swedish companies in our business decisions how and where to invest.
On Oct 21, the Swedish Chamber of Commerce held a well-visited webinar titled ”Outlook on the Hungarian macroeconomic climate”.
Our moderator, Péter Felfalusi CEO of Intrum led the panel across a wide area of pre-submitted questions and topics with three distinguished experts:
András Vértes, Chairman, GKI Economic Research
Sándor Jobbágy, Senior Macroeconomic Analyst, Concorde Securities
Dávid Németh, Senior Analyst, K&H Bank
Macroeconomics focuses mainly on three areas: GDP, unemployment, and inflation. They are managed by governments and central banks, who set the macroeconomic policies including fiscal and monetary policy to stabilize the economy and central banks using monetary policy to increase or decrease the money supply, and use fiscal policy to adjust government spending.
Our experts discussed their views on the national strategies during the 1st and 2nd wave of COVID-19 but also their projections on how the HUF would be impacted by these strategies over the next few years. While inflation in Hungary will continue to be in the 4% range, it is expected that our GDP will be back to 2019 levels by 2022.
What did the experts think about the “new future” after COVID -19?
The answer to that and many more questions can be found on this podcast which will be available for you until Nov 8.
The Swedish Chamber of Commerce in Hungary had the pleasure to hold its General Meeting at the BME University-Industry Cooperation Center (www.fiek.bme.hu) on the 7th of October 2020.
The Swedish Chamber of Commerce in Hungary is happy to announce the new Board and Supervisory Board of the organization, based on the decision of the General Assembly 2020. The set-up of new and old board members will allow us to capitalize from past learnings and also get new perspectives on the Chamber.
Our “Team Sweden” is a strong and diverse community of around 130 Swedish companies employing almost 20000 citizens in Hungary. Sweden remains in the top 15 countries of Foreign Direct Investments and is recognized as one of the global leaders in innovation and sustainability. One key strength of our Chamber is the wide range and size of industries and sectors we are representing, ranging from Business to Business (B2B) to full reliance on Business to Customer (B2C) models.
There is a great partnership with the Swedish Embassy, Business Sweden and the Nordic business community. The Swedish values is a strong glue in our community, and role modelling the “Swedishness” could be an important platform where we can share and evolve our knowledge, best practices and learnings with our members, but also include the larger business community.
The new Management will work together to evolve the support, engagement and expansion of our business community. We are here to represent the interest of Swedish companies in Hungary and to ensure that our values and investments are well recognized. We intend to develop strong cooperation with other business communities and also with multiple ministries and governmental bodies. There could be interfaces with universities, the public sector, SMEs and NGOs in some projects.
Further evolving the visibility, communication platforms and network with a business focus will be another important aspect of our work.