We conduct extensive research on sustainability and responsibility. Among other things, we examine society, equality and social structures as well as climate change and biodiversity. We are developing the University and our community into a sustainable and safe work and learning environment.
Read current news about our latest research or explore our responsibility efforts.
Our values and our strategy 2021–2030, "With the power of knowledge – for the world", guide our choices and actions.
During the next ten years:
We will cultivate our global responsibility and sustainable development by actively participating in international debates, projects and the drafting of research programmes and policies. As the knowledge generated by the University will support society in its path towards sustainability, we will be considered a knowledgeable and attractive partner. The goals of the UN’s 2030 Agenda will provide a framework for sustainable development and responsible action.
Themes related to sustainable development and responsibility are researched and taught at almost all of the faculties of the University of Helsinki – from the Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences to the Faculty of Social Sciences – under topics ranging from circular economy and food production to Baltic Sea conservation and climate research.
A sustainability and responsibility committee established by the rector is responsible for the development, monitoring and reporting of the University’s sustainability and responsibility. The committee organises activities related to sustainable development on the University level. The committee consists of specialists developing the University’s sustainability and responsibility efforts, representatives of faculties and administrative sectors, and student members.
The committee is chaired by Tom Böhling, vice-rector in charge of sustainability and responsibility.
The Equality and Diversity Committee is a body under the vice-rector, representing the whole spectrum of the University community. The members of the Committee are appointed to include representatives of different genders, all staff groups of the University, students, and members of the University community of different ages as well as groups with particular insight or experience regarding equality issues.
The Committee’s duties are to
In addition, the University has equality and accessibility contact persons working in HR Services and Teaching and Learning Services. The University has also appointed harassment contact persons. Further information can be requested by writing to email@example.com.
Please contact us if you wish to know more about the University’s efforts to promote sustainability, responsibility and equality.
Riina Koivuranta, senior specialist in sustainable development and responsibility
Timo Valtonen, HR specialist
Virpi Kuitto, sustainability specialist
Elina Tanninen, sustainability and responsibility coordinator
Henna Puustinen, sustainability and responsibility coordinator
Kati Salmivaara, coordinator of sustainability and responsibility communications
Jarna Heikkilä, environmental specialist, HY247
Tom Böhling, vice-rector for social responsibility
In matters pertaining to equality, you can write to firstname.lastname@example.org.