Member Profile - Proxima
Proxima is a dedicated sustainability business consulting and advisory firm. Proxima works with a diverse range of clients on all sustainability related issues including strategy, supply chain management, stakeholder engagement, operational improvement, communication and reporting.
Auckland 'Cohaus' project by member Studio Nord seeking Resource Consent
For the last couple of years NZSBA members Tom Gill and Helle Westergaard of Studio Nord has been helping put together a multi-unit cohousing residential development in central Auckland based on the Danish 'bofællesskab' model. Now the client group is really trying to make it happen on a site in Grey Lynn.
New Member - H & M Hennes & Mauritz NZ Ltd
In 1947, Erling Persson opens a new womenswear store in Västerås, Sweden. He calls it Hennes, Swedish for “Hers”.
1968, Hennes acquires hunting and fishing equipment retailer Mauritz Widforss, and the name is changed to Hennes & Mauritz. This is the start of offering of men's and also children's clothing.
Today H&M is still a Persson family run business comprising of over 4750 stores in 69 markets.
VOLVO Ocean Race Experience
What an inspirational evening! Thanks Volvo Group for hosting us at the Volvo Ocean Race Experience. Amazing presentations from Frida Langenius, Volvo Ocean Race Project Manager and ocean race sailor Damien Foxall, from Vestas 11th Hour Racing team, to a full house at the beautiful Volvo pavilion. Sustainability and Turn the Tide on Plastics were two memorable themes - let’s all support these important initiatives. Coby Duggan, Volvo NZ GM, our host and master mariner for the evening - a huge thank you from us all.
Christmas Party - Went off with a Snaps and a song or two!
Thanks all who celebrated with us in true Scandinavian style at our Christmas Party made famous by the wonderful hosting and singing by our very own Honorary Swedish Consul, Frank Olsson. Of course accompanied by Snaps!
This year we enjoyed the wonderful ambience and sunset at Billfish Cafe on the Waterfront. Check out the pictures!
Breakfast Event with Danish Ambassador
On the 25th October we held a Breakfast event with Danish Ambassador, Tom Nørring where he spoke about Technology and The Future of Work with insights into how Denmark is tackling the global challenge.
The well-known Danish architecture firm Schmidt Hammer & Lassen, who are designing the new library in Christchurch, shared some of their insight and projects which everyone really enjoyed.
Torsten Valeur's Latest Design for Bang & Olufsen
Volvo to treat 40 Kiwis to the Volvo Experience in Sweden
Volvo ran a Sweden promotion in the first quarter of this year. They offered customers a free trip to Sweden for any new Volvo purchased between the 1st January and 31st March. This was a successful campaign and they are sending approximately 40 people over to Sweden. These customers will experience a tour of the museum, factory and brand experience centre, all covered by Volvo Car New Zealand!
Notes on Investment Criteria
Notes by Frank Olsson - "Early January I read an interesting book called Charlie Munger, the complete investor by Tren Griffin. I think the book makes a lot of sense and of course the proof of the formula is in the tremendous successes experienced by Warren Buffett, Charlie Munger and all the shareholders of Berkshire Hathaway. Investment success will normally start out with a plan which you try to stick to. For this to be possible the plan needs to be rather general and simple so it can allow changes in the market place to harmonise with the long term plan. The plan should be more philosophical than sophisticated, i.e. take into account the broader parameters of investment policy."
HBR and it's Contribution to Society by Frank Olsson
I have been a keen reader of Harvard Business Review over many years and rate it highly. I find the magazine is trying hard in its choice of articles to act responsibly and contribute to build a better approach to business, and to moderate run-away capitalism.
Scandinavian Christmas Market
The magical allure of a Scandinavian Christmas culture was captured by the Scandinavian Christmas Market again held at Danish House in Penrose and co-hosted by The Danish Society and the NZ Scandinavia Business Assn (NZSBA) was the drawcard that drew thousands of Aucklanders out on one of the busiest Sundays of 2015.
NZSBA's Cafe Fika at the Scandinavian Christmas Market 1st Nov
Harvard Business Review Notes by Frank Olsson
The October 2015 HBR issue comes with the cover message: The new rules for competition; be paranoid, disrupt yourself; go to war for talent. The third point could be changed to ‘finding, recruiting and retaining the best talent’ – or ‘intensify the quest for talent.’ (I think we should avoid war and war analogies - the war on terrorism, the war on drugs and the war on poverty have not been successful. Business is not about war – it is about service and competition – competition originating from Latin competere – to seek together). Please find below a few notes from this issue.
A Haven of Sustainable Living, København. Denmark
Members looking for Job Opportunities
A couple of our members are looking for job opportunities in the accounting and HR professions, and we'd be grateful for you to consider them for your companies.
Radmila and Johan have recently moved to New Zealand from Sweden with their family, Johan is an engineer working at SKF and his wife, Radmila is looking for a position in HR, preferably recruitment but open to various HR positions. She has a 36 month work visa and is available for immediate start.
Yang has recently joined our committee and is looking for an accounting role since finishing her Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Accounting from AUT this year. She also gained a Bachelor’s degree in Financial Management in China and has experience working for IKEA and other international companies.
Platinum Member - SKF Update
In January 2015, Alrik Danielson took up the role of President and CEO for The SKF Group.
Changes were made to our Global structure and this included the merge of SKF’s two Industrial business areas, Strategic Industries and Regional Sales and Service to form the Industrial Market Division. The changes were done to enable the benefits of the SKF asset life cycle to be applied to industrial customers in a more efficient manner, through a simplified organizational structure.
Delivering value at each phase of the asset life cycle During each phase of the asset life cycle, SKF technologies and services help customers to optimize machine design and performance, reduce energy use and lower the total cost of ownership.
Harvard Business Review Notes by Frank Olsson
This issue is about HR – “It’s time to blow up HR and build something new. Here’s how!” Some interesting observations even if I feel quite hesitant to the idea of strong central HR as I believe that HR should be the main focus of all senior managers. Developing and maximising the energy and competency within your team must be a direct responsibility of all managers and any suggesting that you can be a manager without such focus and skills is mistaken. The debate will no doubt continue. Please find below a few notes from this issue.
Volvo XC90 Launch
Our members were kindly invited to the launch of the new VOLVO XC90, and those that made it along were delighted. The new VOLVO showroom in Greenlane is stunning and testament to the rapidly increasing position VOLVO has in the luxury vehicle segment - the fastest growing luxury brand in the world. And like the new XC90, the showroom exudes Swedish design - minimalist, chic and downright cool.
Success Story - Switch Utilities & Scan Global Logistics
We love a good networking success story so we thought we'd share this one with you from Paul Grubi, Business Dev. Manager at Switch Utilities who was able to reduce operating costs for Danish based Scan Global Logistics through his relationship with Richard Manson.
Nordic Networking - Unplugged at ABB
On 9 June 2015 NZSBA member ABB hosted a Nordic Networking event at their NZ Head Office in Grafton, Auckland. This provided a great opportunity to network and get to know this company that has over 80 years of history in NZ. On behalf of all members who attended I would like to thank Ewan and the ABB team hosting a wonderful networking event and the fascinating insight into the ABB business.
Focus Denmark - Summer/Autumn Issue
In this May issue of focus Denmark we found some informative articles we thought would be of interest to you, our members, particularly on the value of trust and sustainability.
New Company Member - Sensorteknik
Learning to Dance - Corporate Style with Frank Olsson
Our very own vice president, Frank Olsson (Swedish Honorary Consul) has just released a new book "Learning to Dance - Corporate Style, how to humanise business and get more out of life". Anyone who has witnessed Frank's contagious joy and energy knows that he lives his life like a dance and we are in full support of promoting his approach to life and business. The design of the book was directed by our other vice president - Claire Conza's agency Future Village, and illustrated by her sister/designer Michelle Euinton. The small first run is selling fast so if you'd like a copy for $20, or a few for your staff, get in touch with Frank at firstname.lastname@example.org
SCA Volvo Ocean Race Pavilion Tour
Our most hygienic member SCA and the SCA Volvo Ocean Race Team kindly invited us to their pavilion in the Viaduct for a presentation from their all women team, as well as a private tour of the race village and Networking of course.