The Confederation of Swedish Enterprise is a non-profit association consisting of 50 industry and employer organisations. Individual companies become member companies of the Confederation by being members of one of these member organisations.
The highest decision-making body in the Confederation is the annual general meeting (AGM), to which approximately 350 representatives are appointed by members. Each member organisation has the right to appoint a maximum of 10 representatives. Members’ positions on the board and voting rights at the AGM depend on the total fees that member companies pay to the Confederation.
The Confederation’s Board of Directors currently consists of 88 people, 74 ordinary members, including the CEO, and 14 deputies. Sixty-one of the ordinary members and all deputies are elected by member organisations. A maximum of 12 ordinary board members, including the chairman of the board, are appointed by the AGM.
The AGM also appoints 12 members to the Operations Board, which is responsible for day-to-day activities.
The Board of Directors appoints the Confederation’s SME Committee, which advises the board, the Operations Board, and the CEO on matters particularly relevant to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). The SME Committee’s instructions are approved by the Confederation’s Board of Directors. According to these instructions, the committee shall consist of 36 members representing the five sectors Confederation member organisations are divided, (industry, services, retail/hotel/restaurant, transport, and construction/installation).
The board appoints a maximum of three deputy chairmen. The board also appoints the CEO. The Operations Board appoints a maximum of three deputy chairmen, who are the deputy chairmen of the board. The Chairman, the CEO and Chairman of the SME Committee are automatically members of the Board of Directors and the Operations Board.
The Confederation of Swedish Enterprise is a member-run organisation. This means that it works on behalf of its members and that the board decides on the long-term focus of the organisation. The principle of subsidiarity applies, which means that the Confederation only works on issues of common interest to companies, irrespective of sector.
The Confederation is responsible for ensuring that collaboration takes place between the members. Member organisation CEOs and Confederation management meet regularly.
Collaboration between members means, among other things, that members must inform each other and the Confederation about ongoing activities and that in matters of special importance, (for example, changes to collective agreements that affect other organisations), consult with the Confederation.