Swedavia strengthens its collaboration with Médecins Sans Frontières

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Swedavia is expanding its long-standing collaboration with Médecins Sans Frontières through enhanced collection at the airports. Forty new collection bins for PET bottles and returnable cans have been placed in passenger areas at Sweden’s largest airport, Stockholm Arlanda Airport.

For several years, Swedavia has had a cooperation agreement with Médecins Sans Frontières regarding the collection of deposit cans and deposit bottles at both Swedavia’s airports and offices. The collected deposit is donated in full to the organisation’s life-saving work. The collaboration also includes includes Swedavia’s positive basic attitude to leave of absence for employees who wish to go work in Médecins Sans Frontières’ projects around the world.


“Our collaboration with Médecins Sans Frontières is important and we are pleased to continue our cooperation agreement and also this year significantly expand the collection opportunities at Sweden’s largest airport. In addition to the benefits of recycling plastic bottles, promoting circularity and contributing monetarily to the aid organisation’s activities with the collected deposit, there is also an important value in making Médecins Sans Frontières’ life-saving work visible worldwide,” says Fredrik Jaresved, Director of Strategic Initiatives and Innovation, Swedavia.

The expanded deposit bins come at a timely juncture with Arlanda’s commercial expansion in full bloom with a large number of new shops and restaurants. In addition, the technology in the new modern security checkpoint in Terminal 5 enables travellers to bring beverage bottles through the airport’s main security checkpoint. The hope is that this, combined with the expanded collection opportunities at Stockholm Arlanda Airport, where over 60,000 travellers pass through every day, will have a major effect both in terms of strengthened visibility and increased financial assistance to Médecins Sans Frontières’ work to save lives and make a real difference to people in need around the world.

“The collaboration with the worldwide non-profit organisation goes hand in hand with Swedavia’s strategic goals and purpose of promoting sustainable social development and enabling people to meet and thus build bridges between people and cultures. We are proud to continue to contribute to Médecins Sans Frontières’ important relief work together with travellers and employees,” continues Fredrik Jaresved.

The collaboration between Swedavia and Médecins Sans Frontières is long-standing and aims to contribute to societal benefits at local and national level and, by extension, globally. MSF is a medical humanitarian organization that saves lives and alleviates distress where help is needed most. The organization operates in over 70 countries worldwide and since 1971 has assisted people affected by crises, wars and natural disasters, regardless of political opinion, religion or ethnicity. Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is one of the world’s most recognised and respected brands with credible sources of knowledge. The organization received the Alfred Nobel Peace Prize in 1999.


Swedavia was founded in 2010 and has since 2012 worked with contractual partnerships with organisations with the mission of ensuring long-term collaborations that benefit both parties in the area of social responsibility. Swedavia currently has cooperation agreements with Médecins Sans Frontières and the Red Cross.

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Author: Anastasiya Simsek