No compromising on State’s sustainability objectives, even in crises

Government Communications Department
Publication date 30.8.2022 15.46 | Published in English on 31.8.2022 at 14.30
Press release

“State-owned companies must remain committed to their ambitious corporate sustainability and climate targets even during times of crisis,” says Minister for European Affairs and Ownership Steering Tytti Tuppurainen. This was the minister’s message to the CEOs and chairs of the boards of directors of state-owned companies at a sustainability seminar hosted by the Prime Minister’s Office on 30 August.

In her speech, Minister Tuppurainen stressed that the Government Resolution on State Ownership Policy requires state-owned companies to take into account the Government’s objective of a carbon-neutral Finland by 2035 and the targets set in the Paris Agreement to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

“These expectations have not gone anywhere; on the contrary, they are now more important than ever. We have been seeing very worrying news about the pace of biodiversity loss and climate change and the extreme conditions occurring as a result. All of us – politicians and business leaders alike – need to take determined action in the fight against climate change. We have no time to lose. Now is the time to turn promises and speeches into concrete actions and results,” Minister Tuppurainen emphasised.  

Sustainability incentives linked to remuneration of management

In its Resolution on State Ownership Policy, the Government also outlines that it expects companies to incorporate sustainability into their management remuneration schemes and to report on this to the State owner at their general meetings. In spring 2022, the Ownership Steering Department of the Prime Minister’s Office conducted a survey among state-owned companies to find out how they have incorporated sustainability incentives into the remuneration of management.

“Almost all state-owned companies have introduced some kind of sustainability incentive. According to the results of the survey, the sustainability indicator accounts for an average of around one quarter of the management’s performance bonuses. This shows me that state-owned companies take sustainability seriously, and I would like to express my gratitude to the boards of directors of these companies,” Minister Tuppurainen said. 

The Government Resolution on State Ownership Policy notes that state-owned companies are expected to be leaders in corporate sustainability. “This sets the bar high, both for the State as an owner and for the companies,” Minister Tuppurainen said.

Sustainability is an integral part of the State’s ownership steering. The State monitors and analyses the sustainability of companies as part of its ownership strategy work. The Ownership Steering Department at the Prime Minister’s Office has a sustainability team that focuses on developing and coordinating sustainability in state-owned companies.

Requests for interviews with Minister Tuppurainen: 
Roosa Pöyhönen, Special Adviser, tel. +358 295 160 866, [email protected] 

Kimmo Viertola, Director General, Ownership Steering Department, Prime Minister’s Office, tel. +358 29 516 0026; Katariina Sillander, Ministerial Adviser, Ownership Steering Department, Prime Minister’s Office, tel. +358 29 160 030, [email protected]