In focusUnderstanding the world around us

“Understanding how international events impact a company’s value chain, and the risks and opportunities they present, is becoming increasingly important. This applies in particular to matters of human rights, working conditions, the environment, business ethics and corruption. It also applies to our clients, and to the firm,” says Emma Ihre, Head of Sustainability at Mannheimer Swartling. 

Historically, Swedish companies have a long tradition of conducting business abroad, and we are seeing an increasing internationalisation of the Swedish business sector. Wherever Swedish companies operate, Mannheimer Swartling is there to assist. An element of the firm’s service is to monitor events abroad of importance to our clients and which affect their business.

We maintain an international presence in various ways, interacting with different stakeholders.

Emma continues:
“We are present in markets of strategic importance to our clients, both through our own offices and through partnerships with other leading lawfirms. We maintain an international presence in various ways, interacting with different stakeholders. In this way, we continuously develop our services to generate the greatest possible value for our clients.

One country in which Swedish companies are expanding and increasing their rate of investment is India. Mannheimer Swartling has represented clients in this market for many years. In 2018, the firm collaborated with the two largest law firms in India to better understand how they work with sustainability issues in their legal advice and within their own organisations.”

Emma explains:
“We had the pleasure of meeting Zia Mody – of Indian law firm AZB and one of India’s most renowned lawyers – when she visited Sweden in 2018. Zia shared her views on the law profession and spoke of her experiences as a woman in a male-dominated environment. We later visited AZB to discuss the efforts of the Indian and Swedish business sectors on sustainability and how we as law firms can help companies become part of the solution rather than the problem. AZB also described its own efforts to increase diversity and contribute to society.

Mannheimer Swartling also participated in a study trip to India at the invitation of the Swedish Embassy in New Delhi. We spoke with a number of major Swedish companies with operations in India, and also with local businesses. During a visit to Jaipur, we met a number of suppliers to Reva Home – a Swedish company which cooperates closely with local craftsmen in manufacturing organic bedding using 100-percent certified cotton. The purpose of the visit was to improve our understanding of the challenges our clients face in their efforts to implement their supply chain codes of conduct, and how we can best support them.