Earlier this year I had the opportunity to get involved in a very important initiative in Chile driven by Business Sweden and the Swedish Embassy known as Sustainability Program. A variety of the Program’s activities – including a number of local workshops, debates and presentations – took place during the first half of 2018, with the participation of representatives from the Chilean government and civil society, along with several Swedish companies located in Chile.
The Program aims to show how Swedish companies that are committed to responsible business are impacting positively on the Chilean market and society within the framework of the Agenda 2030. So far it has focused on three cross-cutting topics: due diligence, gender equality and the inclusion of people with disabilities in the labor market. This third point is particularly relevant in Chile right now because as of April 1, 2018, it is mandatory for companies to ensure that at least one percent of their workforce is comprised of people with disabilities.