The 2016 Board Meeting of American-Danish Business Council was held on December 2nd. During the meeting, the year of 2016 was evaluated with a certain focus on the positive growth of American-Danish Business Council. We are pleased to announce that we have seen a 45 percent of member increase since fall 2015. We owe a great thanks to our members for supporting the council and ensuring this positive development. We are now looking towards 2017, where our strategic priorities include value-creating activities for our members and an enhancement our member’s access to the Congress.
We are concluding 2016 on a high note. It has indeed been a substantial year, where we have undertaken a wide range of remarkable events. To some of our large events we had to devote every effort – especially to the Danish Royal Visit in September, which turned out to be a great success. As many of you remember, the Royal Visit was part of an export promoting trip to Washington D.C. and Boston led by TRH The Crown Prince Couple of Denmark and two Danish Ministers. 60 Danish companies participated in this unforgettable trip, which consisted of 31 different events.
Moreover, ADBC focused the year of 2016 towards an enhancement of our member’s access to the Congress by providing them the opportunity to attend events with the Congressional Friends of Denmark Caucus. In several occasions we have had the pleasure of offering companies the opportunity to enhance their access to the Congress. In May, ADBC supported a Friends of Denmark Caucus with attendance by the Danish Prime Minister and the Danish Minister for Foreign Affairs. ADBC serves as facilitator of relations to relevant stakeholders, and therefore it is an important priority to us to invite high-level visitors to ADBC events.
Sector-specific events are fundamental to ADBC as well. It is one of our finest duties to provide expertise and to support our companies in building knowledge and stakeholder relations. In April, ADBC held a great military export promotional event focusing on partnerships between the Danish and the U.S. defense industry. Also, in occasion of the visit by the Danish Prime Minister in March, we invited healthcare companies to join a roundtable session together with the Danish Prime Minister, where the healthcare companies were given the opportunity to have a dialogue with leading HHS Oficials.
We would like to thank our members for attending ADBC events in 2016. We are looking forward to continue working with you in 2017. Below you will find photos from the year of 2016 in ADBC.
For a full list of activities, please visit this link
On the occasion of the visit by the Danish Frigate, HDMS Frigate Peter Willemoes, in Baltimore, the Annual Meeting of American-Danish Business Council was held aboard the Frigate on Thursday November 17 2016. The Annual Meeting served as a platform for promoting Danish defense businesses and strengthening Danish – U.S. ties.
Besides Members of American-Danish Business Council, the Danish Minister for Business and Growth, Troels Lund Poulsen, the Secretary of State from Maryland, John Wobensmith, and the President from Sail Baltimore, Michael McGeady, attended alongside the Danish Ambassador to the U.S., Lars Gert Lose.
The Frigate was in Baltimore to take part in a military exercise together with the carrier strike group, George H. W. Bush.
It was a pleasure to have ADBC Members contributing to this great evening.
Below you will find photos from the Annual Meeting.
A year ago, ADBC decided to develop a Young Professional Network. Since then, the Young Professional Network has been a great success and the network has taken part in exciting events together with other young professional networks. Fortunately, not all events must be of formal character, and in November ADBC and the Norwegian Chamber of Commerce’s Young Associates held a Nordic Happy Hour session to enhance networking among Nordic young professional from the area.
We look forward to engaging with more young professionals during the coming year, and we are happy to announce that our next Young Professionals Event will be in late January. More information will be send out shortly.
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AmCham Denmark and American-Danish Business Council are pleased to announce the 2017 Transatlantic Company of the Year. The Transatlantic Company of the Year recognizes the important contributions and positive impact of Danish companies investing in the United States. The award is presented annually in order to highlight the importance of the economic ties between the United States and Denmark and to celebrate business excellence by a Danish company in arguably the most competitive market in the world.
The Transatlantic Company of the Year is awarded to a registered Danish company invested in the U.S. that has demonstrated significant achievements within the United States, in one or more of the following areas:
Growth: Relative growth in turnover, employees or profitability in USA
Investment: Significant investments in R&D, new facilities or acquisitions in USA
Partnerships: Strategic partnerships in USA, with organizations, companies or government agencies
Innovation: Development/implementation of an innovative solution in USA
CSR/Sustainability: CSR programs in the USA & how they increase overall sustainability
Previous winners include: Sitecore (2016) Gehl Architects (2015) Lundbeck (2014) Terma (2013) Novozymes (2012) Grundfos (2011)
In order to ensure complete impartiality in the selection process, AmCham’s board of directors has appointed an independent jury of distinguished business leaders to evaluate the applications and select the winner. Jury members include:
- Jørgen Bardenfleth, Chairman, Arkitema Architects, etc.
- Karsten Dybvad, Director, Confederation of Danish Industry
- Majken Schultz, Professor, Copenhagen Business School
- Pre – Nomination:
Submit a ½ page statement on why your company should win this award (by February 1, 2017) to Therese Oliver at email@example.com
This should include some basic facts, such as turnover and number of employees in the U.S./Globally
If selected to be a finalist, you will be notified by February 6, 2016. You will then be given a final detailed nomination form to complete.
The winner of the 2017 Transatlantic Company of the Year will be announced at the 2017 Transatlantic Business Summit in late March.
In the beginning of September, it was a great honour to host a reception at the Ambassador’s residence for Danish wounded warriors, many who fought side-by-side with U.S. Marines in Afghanistan. The wounded warriors were accompanied by the Danish Minister for Defence, Peter Christensen and former Danish Minister for Defence, Søren Gade.
The wounded warriors came by the Danish Embassy as part of their U.S. trip where they also went to New York and North Carolina. Alongside U.S. wounded warriors, they participated in adaptive sports and training activities during their tour.
Again we would like to thank ADBC members for taking part in the reception at the Ambassador’s Residence and for the financial support that made it possible for the Danish wounded warriors to visit the U.S. and join all these great events and activities.
In the last weekend of August 2016, a group of brave Danish veterans from the organization Veterans in Motion participated in a 2000 meter swim in the canals of Copenhagen.
To join them swimming were the U.S. Ambassador to Denmark, Rufus Gifford and President and CEO of Terma North America, Steve Williams, who is sponsoring partner of Veterans in Motion.
As the veterans, the U.S. Ambassador and Steve Williams crossed the finish line, they were received by the Danish Ambassador to the U.S., Lars Lose, who cheered for the swimmers along their way.
It is a tradition to the veterans, the ambassadors and Steve Williams to join the swimming contest Christiansborg Rundt which is held in Copenhagen every year in August.
The canals of Copenhagen are extremely clean, which allow the people of Copenhagen to utilize the harbour area in a unique way by for example arranging swimming contests in the canals.
Dear ADBC members,
We would like to wish you all a very happy summer with this bi-annual status update from ADBC. We have achieved a number of milestones and made several changes to ADBC during this year. The development and success of our business network is due to our fantastic members and we would not be able to expand at the pace we are without your support. Therefore we would like to take this opportunity to share with you the achievements and developments within ADBC so far. We have great ambitions for our business council and with your support and feedback these ambitions can be met.
First of all we would like to present you with an event calendar of all the events that we have hosted in 2016 so far as a reminder of our progress. We are happy to see so many of our members attend our events. We encourage all our members to contact us if they have input for future events or activities that would contribute to the council’s growth and facilitate further business activities benefitting the whole council.
One of our most significant achievements this year has been the significant increase of ADBC’s membership base. We are delighted that so many American and Danish companies want to be part of our council and reap the benefits that we provide. Our council now includes prominent members from sectors within Energy & Environment, Defense, Food & Agriculture, Maritime and Healthcare & Life Sciences. With the backing of these members we are able to provide the services that we do, which include sector specific roundtables, seminars and high-level receptions hosted at the Embassy as well as knowledge and information sharing between our members.
We are proud that this year has had such a great start, and with events such as our Friends of Denmark Caucus hosted at the U.S Capitol which was attended by several U.S congressmen and the Danish Prime Minister himself, we couldn’t wish for much more.
As part of ADBC, we are happy to be able to provide exclusive opportunities like these to enable our members to expand their business and network portfolios.
We have made a number of changes to the administrative part of ADBC. This includes the introduction of our new secretariat, Lina Gandløse Hansen, who has taken over ADBC responsibilities from our departed colleague Mary Paul.
We have been going through a process of optimization since the departure of our colleague Mary Paul and have been optimizing many internal processes with the help of our treasurer Ben Walker.
Therefore Lina is the new Executive Secretary of ADBC and all enquiries regarding activities and affairs should be directed to her.
With the beginning of a new era for ADBC so too does the old pave way for the new and we are happy to remind members of the launch of our new online-payment system which enables ADBC members to pay their membership fees online. The website supports most major credit cards and payment links are included on all our invoices.
We look forward to the 2nd half of 2016. All eyes will be on our next major event, the export promotional event spearheaded by the Royal Crown Prince Couple in September, who will be visiting Washington D.C. and Boston respectively. More than 60 Danish companies will be accompanying the Royal Crown Prince Couple on the tour, aiming to gain exposure and establish themselves on the American market. Many of the participating companies are current ADBC members.
We have a number of up-coming events, and we encourage you to stay updated on our website and via our newsletter with regards to what events and activities are of interest and relevance to your company.
Remember to subscribe to our bi-monthly newsletter and join our LinkedIn page where we encourage members to interact and network on our online platform.
Please click here for the event calendar
We wish you all a pleasant summer!
American-Danish Business Council.
For the first time in 15 years a group of Danish food companies exhibited their products at the Summer Fancy Food Fair in New York Javits Center on June 26-28 2016.
The fair took place for the 62nd time and is the largest specialty food trade show in North America.
The entire United States is represented, as well as about 35 foreign countries & regions. With a total of 180.000 products and more than 46.000 representatives from around the world the Summer Fancy Food Fair is the biggest of its kind in North America.
In lieu of a potential TTIP agreement, the agreement between EU-US would increase market access and consolidation of rules across the Atlantic. Danish participation at the fair seeks to help implement the Danish government’s volume-market-strategy for the US market, which includes specific focus on the retail sector. The stand was organized by the Danish Agriculture & Food Council, in collaboration with the Trade Council USA (TC USA).
The US food market offers great opportunities for Danish food producers due to the driving agents of food safety, transparency and traceability and healthy food including organic and natural products. The US Food & Drug Administration (FDA ) is in the process of reforming and updating its food law for the first time in 70 years known as “The Food Safety Modernization Act” (FSMA). All companies wishing to export to the U.S. will over the next 1-2 years be required to meet the new rules for export / import laid down by the FSMA.
The seminar that took place in relation to the Fancy Food Fair was an opportune moment to inform the Danish companies of the on-going current legal changes.