Three men pose and smile at the camera. The one in the middle has received a donation
Per Cramér, Dean of the School of Business, Economics and Law flanked by the CEO of Göteborgs Köpmannaförbund Kenneth Odéus (left) and chairman Thomas Strindeborn (right).
Photo: Dick Gillberg

5 million from Göteborgs Köpmannaförbund


Göteborgs Köpmannaförbund (the Gothenburg Retailer's Association) turns 100 years old and celebrates, among other things, by giving the School of Business, Economics and Law a donation of SEK 5 million. The donation will contribute to the School's continued strategic development for a long time to come. Dean Per Cramér received the donation during the anniversary celebration on 29 November.

An increasingly complicated world presents trade with several challenges. It can be about how to meet customers with physical stores and e-commerce, complicated logistics chains and the ongoing digitization. Knowledge and the availability of competent employees is the most important factor for the development of trade.

“The School of Business, Economics and Law has an international profile, a very good education and first-class research in the field of trade. Göteborgs Köpmannaförbund (the retailer's association) is one of the founders behind the Handelns Forskningsstiftelse in Gothenburg (research foundation for trade), which contributed with substantial funds to the development of the Center for Retailing at the School and which created a professorship in the field of trade. We therefore want to provide additional opportunities for the School's development by donating SEK 5 million to the School's jubilee fund in connection with our centennial. For me personally, as an alumnus of the School, I'm happy that we can contribute to strengthening the profile of the School through this donation,” says Kenneth Odéus, CEO, Göteborgs Köpmannaförbund.

­“I am very grateful for the generous donation to the School's jubilee fund. The return from the donation will contribute long-term and continuously to the School's continued strategic development. This form of donations is particularly significant as they create a breeding ground for the realization of new initiatives from both current and future generations of employees at the School of Business, Economics and Law,” says Per Cramér, Dean of the School of Business, Economics and Law.

The School of Business, Economics and Law turns 100 in 2023 and will celebrate in various ways throughout the year.

About Göteborgs Köpmannaförbund

On 29 November in 1922, 200 merchants gathered in Gothenburg in a constituent meeting. It was the starting point for the formation of the Göteborgs Köpmannaförbund (Gothenburg Retailer's Association). Today, they work to create as good opportunities as possible for trade and the development of trade, through general measures and influence on authorities and municipalities. This work takes place in close collaboration with Swedish Trade, property owners' associations, local merchants’ associations and the city of Gothenburg, in order to get the greatest possible value from the funds the association invests in various projects.