Values and strategy guide our actions

Our values and our strategy 2021–2030, "With the power of know­ledge – for the world", guide our choices and actions.

In line with our strategy, 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.

Research-based knowledge on sustainability and responsibility

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. Read current news about our latest research.

Specialists of sustainability and equality

Our researchers approach climate change, biodiversity loss and equality issues from a multidisciplinary perspective.

Who are in charge of matters related to sustainability and responsibility at the University?

Please contact us if you wish to know more about the University’s efforts to promote sustainability, responsibility and equality.

Jarna Heikkilä, environmental specialist, HY247 (jarna.heikkila@helsinki.fi)

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 

  • Promote the achievement of the objectives outlined in the Act on Equality between Women and Men and the Non-Discrimination Act, monitor the development of equality at the University and report on it;
  • Influence the University community so as to strengthen pro-equality attitudes, opinions and structures at the University; and 
  • Prepare an equality and non-discrimination plan as specified in the Act on Equality between Women and Men and the Non-Discrimination Act. 

The Committee chair is Vice-Rector Tom Böhling. The Committee secretary is Equality Advisor Timo Valtonen. In matters pertaining to equality, you can write to tasa-arvovastaava@helsinki.fi

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 hrd@helsinki.fi.