Impact & Advocacy

CEOs for D&I: Mitt Liv's CEO program

In 2021, Mitt Liv's founder Sofia Appelgren started a CEO program for increased diversity and inclusion in the labour market. The aim is to get the trade and industry to scale up the work for diversity and inclusion in their organisations and take responsibility for one of Sweden's biggest societal challenges: exclusion in the labour market.

The program takes on 8 CEOs per year, and the goal is to have 40 companies affiliated by 2025 to jointly create a strong voice that influences and drives the labour market in the right direction.

Group 2

Participants 2022

Carl Dahlén

CEO, Securitas Sweden

Elisabeth Beskow

CEO, DNB Sweden

Freddy Sobin

CEO, Kicks

Jan Dernestam

CEO, Mannheimer Swartling

Joakim Skarborg

CEO, Novax

Sofia Götmar-Blomstedt

CEO, PwC Sweden

Group 1

Participants 2021

Jan Berntsson

CEO, Deloitte Sweden

Simone Margulies

CEO, Hemköp & Tempo

Pernilla Bonde


Jacob Torell

CEO & Founder, Next Step Group

Thomas Ekman

CEO, Dustin Group

Robert Dackeskog

CEO, Duni Group

Magnus Rosén

CEO, Nobina AB

Therese Bohlin

former CEO, Prime Weber Shandwick

How we work

In the program the group meets on three occasions during a year, where they focus on discussing challenges and opportunities with diversity and inclusion, the demands of the outside world, and their responsibilities as CEO. The participants get to meet researchers, leading public debaters and take part in concrete cases from other organisations.

The goal is for the work to result in a joint action program for diversity and inclusion - with commitments that the companies have identified together to shift the work in their organisations, as well as to contribute to making a difference in the labour market.

Each group's action program is presented annually at Mitt Liv's symposium "An inclusive labor market", where previous groups also present how the work has progressed in their organisations.

Ongoing work and results

Group 1

A joint action program

In March 2022 the first group of CEOs presented a joint action program in which they undertake to implement a number of concrete measures to increase the diversity and degree of inclusion in their organisations. The commitment means that they will:

  • Have a diversity & inclusion strategy in place during 2022

  • Measure diversity and inclusion

  • Ensure inclusive recruitment processes

  • Educate all leaders in inclusive leadership programs

  • Introduce a job program for foreign-born individuals

  • Inspire other CEOs to do more.

The group will present its ongoing work and progress during Mitt Liv's symposium on March 23, 2023.

Voices from the program

Hemköps vd: ”Mångfald är en central del i vår affärsidé”

Fler perspektiv – en överlevnadsfråga enligt HSB

Deloitte: ”medarbetare med olika bakgrund skapar framgångsrika företag”

Diversity and inclusion is essential for businesses to succeed. Greater diversity generates more ideas in the room, which in turn provides better conditions to make good decisions. This is not a problem that we can solve alone, it requires effort from many stakeholders working side by side.

Elisabeth Beskow

Elisabeth Beskow
CEO, DNB Sweden

Contact us

Interested in participating in our upcoming programs? Get in touch with us!