On May 17, 2011 the Embassy of Sweden, SACC Washington DC and Deloitte arranged a seminar with focus on corporate responsibility and energy as design. The seminar was part of the Embassy program Â“Fabric of Life,Â” and attracted 60+ participants to House of Sweden in Washington, DC.
Mr. Gunnar Oom, State Secretary to SwedenÂ’s Minister for Trade, Ministry for Foreign Affairs was the keynote speaker. He discussed how Swedish companies work efficiently with Corporate Responsibility and stated that businesses, not government, should be the driving force and take the initiatives in these issues.
A panel consisting of Ms. Rebecca Ranich, Director, Deloitte Consulting LLP, Ms. Tracey Kelly, Corporate Communication Manager, IKEA US and Ms. Elizabeth J. Heider, Senior Vice President, Skanska USA Building and Chair-Elect of U.S. Green Building Council, participated in the event and was moderated by the Honorable Michael M. Wood, Former Ambassador of the United States to Sweden. The panel discussed the future of energy and how their companies work with Corporate Responsibility and energy as design. The group pointed out the importance of developing solutions and products that encourage consumers to make environmentally friendly choices. IKEA for instance, has switched to only selling low energy light bulbs. Several of IKEAÂ’s stores are also switching to solar energy, among them IKEA California Â– which is the largest building in California.
Read more about this eventÂ here.