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Sandvik participates in UN anti-corruption work

Christina Båge-Friborg, Head of Sustainable Business, was one of the speakers at the half-yearly status meeting of the Swedish Leadership for Sustainable Development (SLSD), a network run by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), where she presented the results of the work performed by the anti-corruption group.

The half-yearly status meeting of the Swedish Leadership for Sustainable Development (SLSD), a network run by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, was held on 26 November 2014. SLSD is a network formed in 2013 comprising about 27 leading companies with Swedish connections, including Sandvik, Scania, Elekta, SKF, Ericsson, H&M, IKEA, Indiska, Löfbergs Lila, Tele2, Ratos, SPP, SEB, Systembolaget and Volvo. Together with the development assistance agency Sida, the network works to promote sustainable global development and to reduce poverty globally.

Sandvik, which is represented in the network through Christina Båge-Friborg, Head of Sustainable Business, participates in and contributes to the working team focusing on anti-corruption.

Christina Båge-Friborg was a speaker at the meeting and presented the results of the work carried out by the anti-corruption group since the inception of the network.

Thanks to proactive advocacy activities and the presentation of concrete proposals to the UN, the draft of the new Sustainable Development Goals, which will be the subject of negotiation by UN member states, now contains two targets for combating corruption that correspond well with the working group's proposals – "substantially reduce corruption and bribery in all its forms" and "develop effective, accountable and transparent institutions at all levels."

"Our participation in SLSD offers us a fantastic opportunity to contribute to and influence the next global development agenda. Our anti-corruption activities have drawn attention and interest from many observers. Now the process for the new sustainability targets will enter a phase of tough negotiations, and it is therefore important that those of us in SLSD continue our work – jointly and individually," comments Christina Båge-Friborg.

"Anti-corruption is an important issue that is impeding global development – which in turn could represent an obstacle for us in our business. We believe that fighting corruption can be done jointly in many ways, both through strong internal work and via various external channels. SLSD is one such example. Sharing experiences and learning as well as seeking to establish partnerships is an important part of this process."

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