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Professor Bob Eccles on the future of sustainability reporting

Robert G. Eccles is the world’s foremost expert on integrated reporting and one of the world’s leaders on how companies and investors can create sustainable strategies.

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SNS Tylösand Summit 2016. An Age of Insecurity – Economic and Political Risks

This year’s Tylösand Summit is about new global security challenges and how they affect the world economy, the European Union, business and society. Several global challenges now faces Sweden: increased Russian military activity, the development in the Middle East, the refugee and migration crisis, the terrorist attacks in Europe and an increasingly divided Europe.

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United Kingdom Minister of State for Europe: "We have to stay in the European Union"

The United Kingdom Minister of State for Europe, David Lidington, visited SNS/SIFR Finanspanel to talk about his views on the United Kingdom’s future in the European Union.

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Accessible housing – how to make it possible for low-income households to find housing

In recent years the housing shortage in Sweden has increased. Queues to rental apartments have become longer and house prices have soared.

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How the financial system can contribute to green growth

On February 2nd and 3rd, SNS held two meetings within SNS Sustainability Roundtable with Dr Simon Zadek, one of the world’s leading experts on green economy and sustainable financial markets.

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The SNS Economic Policy Council 2016 sharply criticizes Swedish infrastructure policy

The Swedish Government decides on investments in roads and railways for 100 hundreds of billions of Swedish kronor on incomplete information.

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SNS - winner of the ”Prospect EU Think Tank of the Year 2015” in Social Policy

The British magazine Prospect awarded SNS, the Centre for Business and Policy Studies, “the Think Tank of the Year 2015” in the category EU Social Policy.

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Between Jobs: Job Security Agreements and Support to Dismissed Employees in Sweden

Most employees in Sweden are covered by job security agreements, which are collective agreements between the Swedish social partners. The agreements ensure that employees who are given notice due to work shortage receive support in their efforts to find new employment.

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“For nine out of ten the school-to-work transition runs rather smoothly”

Lena Lindahl, Associate Professor of Economics at Stockholm University, presented the report Youth Unemployment and Inactivity at SNS.

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“The Russian Reserve Fund can be gone by the end of 2017”

Sergei Guriev, Professor of Economics at Sciences Po in Paris, visited SNS/SIFR Finanspanel to talk about the Russian Economy.

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Swedish Industry is far behind Germany in robotics

Sweden is one of the leading countries in using industrial robots. But in comparison with Germany, Swedish Industry is lagging behind, according to a research study about the economic impact of industrial robots.

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”Success requires responsible leadership”

Georg Kell founder and former Executive Director of the UN Global Compact, the world’s largest voluntary corporate sustainability initiative, came to SNS to talk about leadership and responsible business practices.

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”Need of global consensus in preventing tax evasion”

David Bradbury, Head of the Tax Policy and Statistics Division at OECD came to SNS to talk about measures for the prevention of international tax planning strategies.

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”Poor long-term performance of the Chinese stock market”

Professor Franklin Allen visited the SNS/SIFR Finance Panel.

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The SDGs: ”Find opportunities and act responsibly”

Jane Nelson, Director of the Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative at Harvard Kennedy School and active in the work of the UN, visited SNS to talk about the new development goals, and the role of business.

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“Search data is an important complement to public data”

Hal Varian, chief economist at Google, visited the SNS/SIFR Finance Panel. Varian has worked with Google’s corporate strategies for over 10 years and is Professor in Economics, previously at Berkley, University of California.

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David Autor: Robots will not take our jobs

MIT Professor David Autor is one of the most cited researchers in the field of new technology and how it affects the labour market. He is sceptic about the prophecy claiming that jobs will disappear due to digitalisation. Here he explains why.

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SNS Tylösand Summit 2015

This year's Tylösand Summit was about the fast-moving technological development and how it affects companies, people and societies. Some of the speakers this year where David Autor, Professor at MIT, Dominic Barton, Global Managing Director of McKinsey & Company and Sadie Creese, Cyber Security advisor to the UK Government.

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“Well managed schools tend to have significantly higher test scores”

An international research study by Nicholas Bloom, professor at Stanford University, and three other researchers shows that there is a correlation between school management and pupils' test scores. Schools with high quality management have higher test scores.

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Learn from England: Evaluate social effects of acquisitions

Leif Johansson, Chairman of Astra Zeneca and Ericsson, visited the SNS / SIFR Finance Panel and gave his view on the ownership structure of major Swedish companies. Erik Thedéen, new Managing Director of the KPA board and former Secretary of State, commented on the pension funds' role as owners of Swedish companies.

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Anders Borg on Finland's economic situation

Anders Borg visited the SNS / SIFR Finance Panel to talk about the assignment he received on behalf of the Finnish government in October 2014.

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Governor Ingves: The banking system can handle a negative interest rate

In February, The Swedish Riksbank took the historic decision to cut the repo rate down to -0.10 percent. On March 6th, Stefan Ingves visited SNS/SIFR Finance Panel to discuss the monetary policy toolbox.

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Nordic corporate governance in an international perspective

Ronald Gilson, Professor at Stanford University, is one of the world’s leading scholars within corporate governance and co-author of the SNS book The Nordic Corporate Governance Model.

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Reporting on Business and Human Rights

"Reporting has to be feasible as well as meaningful", says Caroline Rees, who has been involved in drafting the UN Guiding Principles on business and Human Rights and is now president of the New York based non-profit organization Shift.

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Banking and Regulation- Implications for Europe

Professor Arnoud Boot, one of Europe's foremost experts on banking, visited SNS/SIFR Finance Panel and gave a speech on the economics of banking and the challenges ahead.

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Roundtable discussion with UK’s Minister for Trade and Investment

Lord Livingston, UK’s Minister for Trade and Investment, visited SNS for a roundtable discussion on European competitiveness and the transatlantic free trade agreement.

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Sabine Lautenschläger on the first steps towards a banking union

Sabine Lautenschläger, Member of the Executive Board of the ECB, visited the SNS/SIFR Finance Panel to talk about the shared supervision with national authorities of European banks, where the new Single Supervisory Mechanism (SSM) is a major part. Lautenschläger called it a new era in the European bank supervision.

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Seminar on the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights

John Ruggie, Professor in Human Rights and International Affairs at Harvard Kennedy School of Government, came to SNS to talk about the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

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Ways out of the Euro Crisis

Hans-Werner Sinn, professor in the faculty of economics at the University of Munich, came to SNS to talk about the euro crisis and the future of the euro.

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Risks to the global recovery

Pier Carlo Padoan, former Deputy Secretary-General and Chief Economist at OECD, came to SNS to talk about the global economic outlook and main risks to the Swedish economy. Padoan also presented main recommendations for a stable recovery in Sweden.

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Lessons learned from privatization of UK healthcare

Carol Propper, professor of economics at the University of Bristol and the Imperial College Business School, came to SNS to talk about what Sweden can learn from the UK regarding Competition in the production of healthcare.

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275 SNS Tylösand Summit

Every year since 1948 SNS brings together 200 CEOs, leading academics, politicians, top civil servants and union leaders to an annual summit.

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