Meet Sweden's "Circular Economy Queen": #SUSTXGLOBAL50 2022 Awardee

The SustainabilityX® Magazine Global 50 Women In Sustainability Awards 2022: #RedefiningPower - Elin Bergman, Chief Operating Officer, CradleNet, Sweden


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"The most important women can do to show leadership in today's society is to give people hope and a positive vision of the future. Right now there are a huge lack of hope for the future in all aspects of society. This is why I try to spread my vision of a future where we all lead great and exciting equitable lives in in circular ecosystems and in harmony with nature." - Elin Bergman, Chief Operating Officer, CradleNet

Elin Bergman is known for being the Circular Economy Queen of Sweden. She is one of the co-founders of the Nordic Circular Hotspot a collaboration platform for accelerating circular economy in the region, and is also the COO and spokesperson of the Swedish circular economy network Cradlenet. For many years she worked as WWF Sweden’s circular economy expert, where she developed the international circular economy network Baltic Stewardship Initiative, to enable the recirculation of nutrients in the Baltic Sea region in the agri-food sector. She has previous experience as Marketing and Communications Manager at the sustainability consultancies Tricorona and Respect.


Q: What is the importance of women's leadership in today's society plagued by the triple crises of COVID, Climate, and Conflict, and their deadly consequences?


The most important women can do to show leadership in today's society is to give people hope and a positive vision of the future. Right now there are a huge lack of hope for the future in all aspects of society. This is why I try to spread my vision of a future where we all lead great and exciting equitable lives in in circular ecosystems and in harmony with nature.

Q: What role do you believe women in leadership positions have to play in helping companies and brands transition towards sustainability and circularity, and why is this important?


Women in leadership can sometimes show an alternate view on topics, facts and values than what is usually presented. The male oriented topics is usually more hard, and focuses on monetary value, while the women often focuses more on what is really important like quality of life, happiness and a healthy future planet for all to live on. This is also more emotional values that often help companies build their brand better. But it of course also have to be fact based and honest.


Q: What can be done to improve women’s participation in corporate and leadership positions? How do we achieve this?


Now when the world have met two big crises and many of the predictions of women, as my own, have come true I hope the corporate world were paying attention and starts to listen and act accordingly. Women are often more risk aware and plans and acts more long term, something that should be more valued in the corporate world than it is today.


Q: What does this award mean to you and what significance does it hold to you personally and/or professionally, and your company?


This award means the world to me personally since I have been working very hard voluntarily for many years with few people taking notice. This award means that the messages the organizations I represent regarding circular economy, sustainability and the importance of collaboration is finally being heard on an international level and it’s wonderful!

 

The SustainabilityX® Magazine Global 50 Women In Sustainability Awards 2022


The SustainabilityX® Magazine proudly announced the release of The SustainabilityX® Magazine’s inaugural Global 50 Women In Sustainability Awards™ 2022 on Oct 4th, 2022, an inaugural annual list celebrating the powerful work of women in sustainability leadership around the world.


The non-profit digital magazine’s Global 50 Women In Sustainability Awards™ high-level, invite-only program graciously sponsored by the award-winning Canadian construction and engineering firm Belnor Engineering Inc., recognizes achievements of the world’s powerful, groundbreaking female sustainability leaders who’re bridging the gender gap by breaking barriers, shattering traditional stereotypes, and taking the world of sustainability by storm. This campaign is in line with the magazine’s third pillar of sustainability upon which SustainabilityX® is based: social inclusion, which involves marginalized populations and vulnerable communities such as women, persons with disabilities, unemployed youth, LGBTQ+, the elderly, and BIPOC minorities.


“As both a female and one of Canada’s Top 30 Under 30 In Sustainability Leadership myself, I know how important this is,” says Supriya Verma, founder of The SustainabilityX® Magazine. “The number of women in positions of leadership – from business to politics – are relatively few. With society plagued by the triple crises of COVID, climate, conflict, and their deadly consequences, how can the world advance and achieve the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals without having women in decision-making positions at major organizations, political parties, and academic institutions?”


In The SustainabilityX® Magazine’s quest to ‘redefine power’, this is the first international power-list bringing together women around the world involved in sustainability celebrating the power of their work – not their position. This list brings together a diverse group of accomplished women across business, entertainment, academia, law, politics, and beyond ranging from some of the world's leading companies, to independent unsung heroes with one thing in common: using their power with purpose –the power to create change and influence lives to make the world a better place. After all, that's what sustainability is all about. The meaning, or ‘the power’ of one’s work matters, not one’s position in a corporate hierarchy, particularly during this crucial era.


View the full list: The SustainabilityX® Magazine Global 50 Women In Sustainability Awards 2022

 

About The SustainabilityX® Magazine


The SustainabilityX® Magazine is an award-winning, digital, female-founded, and female-led non-profit initiative bringing the environment and economy together for a sustainable future through dialogue. Founded on May 8, 2016 and inspired by the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals by Canada’s Top 30 Under 30 in Sustainability Leadership awardee, Supriya Verma, the digital media initiative focuses on approaching the world’s most pressing challenges with a holistic, integrated, systems-based perspective as opposed to the traditional and ineffective siloed approach with a single lens on interdisciplinary topics like climate and energy. This initiative ultimately seeks to explore how to effectively bring the environment and economy together through intellectual, insightful dialogue and thought-provoking discussion amongst individuals across sectors taking an interdisciplinary and integrated approach to untangling the intricate web of sustainability.


The SustainabilityX® Magazine is based upon the four pillars of sustainability: Environmental Stewardship which emphasizes improved environmental health, Economic Prosperity which emphasizes economic growth without the element of capitalism, Social Inclusion which emphasizes EDI for BIPOC and LGBTQ communities and marginalized, vulnerable populations, and Just Governance which emphasizes the equal rule of law via responsible political leadership to create fair systems for all. Identifying the diverse factors involved in sustainability, how they interact and how the disciplines are interconnected will help accelerate local, national, and international sustainability goals – in simpler words, aligning with The SustainabilityX® Magazine’s mission of bringing the environment and economy together for a sustainable future through dialogue for a sustainable future. Whether you have a background in science, engineering, business, law, politics, media and entertainment, or beyond, your voice matters.


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