Monday July 4, 2011, in Almedalen

Almedalen in Visby, Gotland

Almedalen in Visby, Gotland

An interesting and inspiring day in Almedalen, Visby. As you know, the political summit in Almedalen started yesterday, but the real big numbers of seminars actually started today. If you read my blog post from yesterday you know which seminars I intended to follow today. I did not make it to all of them, due to conflicting timing but also to the simple reason that I run into people that I sat down and talked to. You always have to be open for re-prioritizations…

In addition to the Pfizer seminar (”Valet 2014 – ett vårdval?”) which you will be able to read more about on pfizer.se, there are four seminars I like to comment on today. First of all ”Lean in health care”, arranged by the Country Counciul of Gävleborg. A good debate with panelists from both hospitals, municipalities, and stakeholders to health care.

Panel discussing Lean

Panel discussing Lean

I have always liked the idea of introducing Lean into organizations. The reason is that in addition to enabling efficiancy improvments, it also in general helps ”greening” the operations. Lean means less waste, better resource utilization and continuous improvements. The panel was in agreement that successful implementation of Lean requires huge changes in cultur and leadership behaviours, in addition to the implementation of tools such as six sigma and right first time etc. The new ways to operate will require an allocation of decision power to nurses and other employees within hospitals from the physicians. It will be loooked upon as a revolution by some doctors, although most of the doctors understand the necessity  of ”making the decisions where the issues come up”.

I then participated in the seminar hosted by the ”Hagainitiativet”.

Hagainitiativet

Hagainitiativet

Hagainitiativet is a collaboration between Axfood, Coca Cola, Fortum, JM, Procter & Gamble, Staoil, Stena, and Vasakronan regarding the fight against climate change. I like their work, it resembles Pfizer’s efforts in the area of energy and climate change. If you have followed my blog you have seen the decrease of green house gas emissions from Pfizer operations previously:

Pfizer emissions 2000 - 2007

Pfizer emissions 2000 - 2007

The debate today was very much focused on communication of climate (and environmental) initiatives. Companies from the Hagainitiativet met NGOs, such as Greenpeace and Svenska Naturskyddsföleningen. The panel described the risks for greenwashing, and what can be done in order to avoid that. To learn more about greenwashing, please come to the seminar on July 6 at 13.00, areranged by Jordens Vänner, here in Almedalen at Cramérgatan 3 (E41). Everyone agreed that it is important that companies both tell the success stories as well as the challenges remaining. And always communicate good environmental and climate initiatives as part of a overall ”sustainability strategy”. I you have followed my blog you know that I feel strongly about the integration of CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) and Environmental Affairs into the business strategies of companies. Read for instance my blog posts from March 29, 2010, and from March 28 this year.

I then run over to Kronans Droghandel and their seminar on the need for a new generic reform in Sweden.

Kronans Droghandel

Kronans Droghandel

It will not be a surpise to you that I, and several others, see problematic issues with today’s generic reform. The reform requires a substitution at the pharmacy desk to the cheapest generic product (the so called ”product of the month”). The reform may present supply problems, compliance issues, and environmental problems. To learn more about the problems, please read my blog post from May 5 this year. Cecilia Marolw, President of Kronans Droghandel, closed the seminar by requiring a governmental commission investigating the consequences of these problems. Discussions will continue – for instance on Wednesday morning 09.30 here in Almedalen when we will discuss ”Green pharmaceuticals”. I presume you will e.g. hear about releases in India and green criteria and green incentives.

My last seminar for the day was regarding ”the developed world’s haunt for cheap health”. Two aspects were discussed: organ transplants (especially the black market for organs (”Organ trafficking”)) and releases of chemicals during manufacturing of active pharmaceutical ingredients in ”low cost countries”. The latter issue is the same thing as the ”India case” above, and it was presented by Joakim Larsson at the seminar.

Joakim Larsson

Joakim Larsson

This was a seminar that probably scared everyone in the room. It raised not only scientific issues but also ethical ones. What is, and what is not, acceptable? And how do we handle the differences between the societal priorities and the individual ones? That debate must continue!

The day closed with the talk of our prime minister, Fredrik Reinfeldt, and a crowd of several thousands.

Reinfeldt in Almedalen
Reinfeldt in Almedalen

To read more about Reinfeldt’s lecture, follow this link.

No, it is now very late and there is a full day tommorrow again, so it is time to go to bed!

Schedule for tomorrow, July 5:

0745-0900 ”Kommer våra barnbarn att kunna äta fisk”, Naturskyddsföreningen, Packhuskällaren, Strandgatan 16
0800-0900 ”Byt strategi i klimatpolitiken!”, Global Utmaning, Högskolan, Cramérgatan 3 (D22)
0800-0945 ”Lärares och skolledares tobaksvanor och attityd till tobak”. Lärare mot Tobak, Strand Hotel, Strandgatan 34
1000-1045 ”Hur kan man använda social innovation för att etablera hållbara städer”, Mötesplats för social innovation och samhällsentreprenörskap, Hamnplan
1000-1055 ”Aktuell Drogutveckling – vad händer i Sverige?”, CAN och Folkrörelser mot droger, Blå trädgård (150 m väster om Almedalsscenen)
1015-1200 ”Stoppa användningen av olämpliga läkemedel”, PRO, SPF och Apoteket Farmaci, Högskolan, Cramérgatan 3 (D24)
1030-1530 ”Internationella konventionen – vem bryr sig i Sverige?”, Tobaksfakta, Strand Hotel, Strandgatan 34 (Furilden)
1100-1215 ”Kemikaliespridningen – fem sätt att stoppa en global mänsklig katastrof”, Stockholms Universitet, Wisby Strand, Standvägen 4 (lokal Vall)
1130-1245 ”Varför skanäringslivet ta ansvar för att stärka barns rättigheter?”, Rädda barnen och Unicef, Länsstyrelsens trädgård, Strandgatan 1
1200-1400 ”Företag och organisationer vill ta socialt ansvar – när satsar våra politiker på ISO 26000?”, SIS, Science Park, Strandgatan 1 (sessionssalen)
1230-1400 ”Dold försäljning av tobaksvaror – utom synhåll?”, Tobaksfakta, Strand Hotel, Strandgatan 34 (Furilden)
1300-1400 ”Är en ökad granskning avden svenska välfärden enbart av godo?”, Ernst & Young, Clarion Hotel Wisby, Strandgatan 6 (Erlandska rummet)
1330-1500 ”Så konkurrerar den hållbara staden”, Öresundskommittén, Öresundshuset, Hästgatan 1 (vid Donners plats)
1530-1630 ”Tobakspreventivt arbete inom tandvården”, Yrkesföreningar mot Tobak och Tandvård mot Tobak, Strand Hotel, Strandgatan 34 (Furilden)
1600-1700 ”Läkemedelsbehandling – det största hotet mot äldres hälsa”, Demensförbundet, Krukmakarens hus, Mellangatan 21 (Augustrummet)
1900 Vänsterpartiets partiledare, Lars Ohly, talar i Almedalen

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