Culture against corruption

How does one get a company to stand up for anticorruption, and how does one create internal social pressure to combat corruption – both within one’s own organisation and at suppliers and sub-suppliers. This was the subject addressed by Joachim Pikwer, General Counsel at Pontarius, at this year’s IICE Summit in London.

The theme of the lecture was how to create a culture opposed to corruption, as well as the business opportunities this can provide.

“This is largely a matter of being aware of and honing the company’s core values. These are often sound values, but they are sometimes put to the test. It is then important that these ethics are deeply rooted in company culture,” says Joachim Pikwer.

IICE started as a forum in 2006 for decision-makers in the fields of Information Management, Investigations, Compliance and eDiscovery (IICE) for the purpose of sharing useful experiences in these areas. Among other things, IICE focuses on how to negotiate these fields in a manner that contributes to an organisation’s profitability, while putting ethics, law and morality on the corporate agenda. This year, the new EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), and the administration thereof, formed an important part of the programme.

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New meeting place in Tranås, Småland

The residents of Tranås can now enjoy the Svartån as it leisurely winds its way through the town centre from two new jetties, one beside the town hall and one on the town square.

The jetties are part of the municipality’s comprehensive urban development initiative, Stadsvision 2010-2040, focusing on Tranås’ future structure and design from a 30-year perspective. The overall theme is “Putting People First”, and Pontarius is a proud contributor to realising this urban vision.

Although work is not yet one hundred percent complete among other things, meadows are to be planted around the jetties, they are already becoming a part of everyday life for the people of Tranås. With their proximity to both the water and the town centre, the Parks Department is planning to arrange, among other things, concerts on the jetties.

“It almost feels like Copenhagen,” said one Tranås resident, enjoying lunch with a friend in the sunshine on one of the newly opened jetties.

Pontarius has acted as managing consultant throughout the process; designing, project planning and managing the construction.

We are leading the trans­formation of Selma Lagerlofs Torg in Gothen­burg

In collaboration with the Traffic and Public Transport Authority, Pontarius is leading the transformation of Selma Lagerlofs Torg in Gothenburg as part of the Bostad 2021 housing initiative.

“We want to transform this district into somewhere welcoming and secure, an optimistic place with continuity between past and present,” explains a spokesperson for Gothenburg’s Property Management Administration.

The first stage involves a new stretch of Backadalen, laying pipes for new housing, new traffic circulation in preparation for tramlines, and a new service road beside Litteraturgatan. The first stage is due for completion by summer 2018.

The project presents a number of challenges. Consideration must be given to avoiding disruption to the large amount of traffic using the area. During the project period, the square needs to be accessible to the public so that trade does not suffer during construction. This places considerable demands on coordination between the City authorities, contractor, developer and third parties so that day-to-day business in and around the area can function as usual.

Ground conditions around the square present another challenge, due to the loose clay that requires specific measures in order to install pipes and lay roads to a good standard. This requires careful planning and implementation, as well as geotechnical expertise.

The Stockholm office moves to larger premises in the first Hötorg skyscraper!

After almost ten years at Hötorgshus 2, Pontarius’ Stockholm office has out grown its premises and on 7 February we will be moving to larger, state-of-the-art offices at Hötorgshus 1, plan 6, Sveavägen 17.

Here at Pontarius, we are extremely pleased with our new offices in the classic, original Hötorg skyscraper designed by David Helldén and opened in 1960. We now have the opportunity to create a modern, flexible office environment that facilitates Pontarius’ continued growth in the Stockholm region.

For further information, please contact office manager Karl Agestam +46 (0)8 410 290 18.

Pontarius’ business system – Triple certified

Pontarius’ business system, is quality certified in accordance with ISO 9001:2008, environmentally certified in accordance with ISO 14001:2004 and Occupational Health and Safety certified in accordance OHSAS 18001:2007. This certification guarantees compliance with high standards of quality, environment, health and safety.

Pontarius is looking for students for degree projects

We are looking for students for relevant degree projects with focus on ports or airports for analysis of markets, technology, life-cycle perspectives and business benefits. Interested?

Please get in touch with:
Telephone: +46 8 410 290 65

Pontarius is looking for infrastructure designers

Infrastructure designers – Roads, streets, groundworks and HVAC
Pontarius AB continues to expand and we are now looking for those of you who would like to join us in planning the eco-airports, ports, roads and streets of the future.

We are looking for You if you have at least five years experience of project planning and a good working knowledge of the standard project planning software, AMA texts and Bills of Quantities. We would like to see that you have a relevant university degree or MSc in civil engineering, as well as a high level of commitment.

As a project planner at Pontarius, you will work in a variety of constellations depending on the nature of the assignment. Irrespective of your role, it is important that you show initiative and creativity, with extreme focus on quality. Our assignments come from both the public and private sectors, in Sweden and internationally.

We are looking for staff at all of our offices, in Stockholm, Gothenburg, Malmö, Norrköping, Jönköping, Växjö and Örebro.

Sounds interesting?
Please send your CV and a personal letter to If you have any further questions, please contact our CEO Johan Odeberg on +46 8 410 290 11.

About Pontarius AB
Pontarius AB is a management and technical consulting firm with a passion for improving companies and organisations; their business, services and products, in order to constantly create value for their stakeholders. We have in the region of 40 employees and are active in a number of industries in a wide range of geographic markets.

Pontarius supports children’s hospital in Cambodia

It is with great pleasure that we can announce that Pontarius supports the children’s hospital Angkor Hospital for Children in Siem Reap, Cambodia. The hospital is a good example where an enthusiast (Kenro Izu) collaborates globally to provide free health care for children in a region where the needs are very high. With energy, will and cooperation we can change the world for the better.


Short about the history of the hospital: 
”In 1996 Kenro Izu founded Non-profit organization Friends Without A Border (FWAB). With the help of health care professionals, the art community, and more than 6,000 supporters worldwide, Angkor Hospital for Children opened in 1999. Since its opening, the hospital has expanded while remaining focused on providing quality health care in Cambodia. From opening an Operating Theater in 2002, to being able to provide specialist heart surgery in 2008, AHC has achieved many milestones. Our Satellite Clinic which opened in 2010, further broadened our outreach and in 2011 we marked our millionth Outpatient treatment.”

Pontarius’ Sofia Lingegård on infrastructure in Vetenskapsradion

Today, Pontarius’ Innovation Manager Sofia Lingegård participates in Sveriges Radio’s “Vetenskapsradion”, in which she talks about maintenance and development of infrastructure. The focus of the program is the positive effects that can be achieved through long-term construction, maintenance and development of railways, which is one of Lingegård’s areas of research.

>> Listen to the program here

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Telephone: 08-410 290 65