Corporate responsibility always taken into account
The development of sustainable solutions is our most significant act of corporate responsibility, since our operation is based on resolving grand challenges of our time. We strive to understand the needs and opportunities of businesses and society. We help to meet these needs by co-developing impactful scientific and technological solutions in collaboration with our partners. At the same time, we help our customers to succeed and to promote sustainable growth and well-being in society.
We are a member of the FIBS corporate responsibility network, and we have also joined the UN Global Compact initiative on corporate sustainability.
Our sustainability priorities
We have defined the following four priorities for our corporate sustainability work:
We treasure the wellbeing, diversity and fair treatment of our brilliant minds.
We help our customers to unleash superior performance and productivity that lead to sustainable growth.
We solve the world's biggest challenges through innovations, research and co-operation.
We are an all-round sustainable company from an environmental, societal, and financial point of view. Impeccable ethical practices – impartiality, reliability, integrity and accountability – form a solid basis for our business. All our operations are continuously developed to reduce our environmental footprint and enhance our handprint.
At VTT, we want to mitigate climate change and reduce the environmental burden. We encourage VTT employees to make environmentally friendly choices. In our environmental policy, we emphasise the following matters:
• We create sustainable solutions for major societal challenges in our research projects.
• We support our customers in innovations that enhance environmental performance.
• We encourage our personnel towards sustainable choices.
• We comply with the statutory requirements and other binding obligations of our operations.
• We continuously improve our management system to enhance environmental performance.
We implement these goals with the help of our operational system, which is applied by all our facilities in Finland.
We also deal with the immediate impacts of our own activities. VTT aims to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030.
We are a member of the Climate Leadership Coalition and we participate in the operations of the Climate Partners network of the City of Helsinki and businesses.
Corporate social responsibility shows in everything we do at VTT: we develop sustainable solutions. We report on corporate social responsibility in the GRI section of our annual report.
Standards and certificates
We report on social responsibility issues in accordance with GRI Standards 2016, as applicable. The key part of our corporate social responsibility is the annual report with a GRI table presenting the table of contents, some indicator values, and references to further information on the matter.
Code of Conduct
One essential part of our Compliance programme is the Code of Conduct, which is based on VTT’s good reputation as a reliable partner. It entails such issues as the reliability and high-quality of research findings, our operating practices in relation to our partners, and our commitment to occupational health and safety as well as environmental issues.
Find out more about our corporate social responsibility in the annual report and GRI table. You can find our previous annual reports from here.
ISO 14001 certificated operational system
Our operational system has been granted the following certificates:
It is extremely important for us that our customers, partners and employees regard us as a reliable actor. We are using the VTT Whistleblower system for reporting suspected abuses. It allows us to become aware of any abuses and non-compliance with our guidelines and ensures that such issues are appropriately addressed.
You can report any suspected abuses and actions that do not comply with our guidelines to our Compliance Officer by sending a message to the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Description of VTT’s operational system
Please find a more detailed description of our operational system here.
We always respect the laws and regulations concerning the protection of privacy when processing personal data.