Proposal for society's commitment to sustainability finished

News 2013-07-09 at 16:00

KEKE, logoAt the end of 2012, the Finnish National Commission on Sustainable Development, led by Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen, decided to draw up a concise, cross-generational social commitment for sustainable development. The Sustainable Development Strategy Group appointed by the Ministry of the Environment has now finished its proposal on society's commitment to sustainability for the Finnish National Commission on Sustainable Development. The proposal aims to commit Finnish society in its entirety to sustainable development; an internationally unique approach.

The commitment aims to create a new kind of operating culture, where sustainable development is seen as the basis of all operations. Through this commitment, all the central operators in our society are to take part in making sustainable development a reality. The social commitment is Finland’s national equivalent of the decisions made in the UN Conference on Sustainable Development held in Rio in 2012.

The Finland we want by 2050 ─ Society's commitment to sustainability contains a vision and objectives and principles on how to ensure a good life for both current and future generations. The objectives aim to ensure the well-being of both people and the environment, while at the same time providing new avenues of growth for the economy. The social commitment contains eight objectives deemed vital for sustainable development. They are:

  1. Equal prospects for well-being
  2. A society of participatory citizens
  3. Sustainable work
  4. A carbon-neutral society
  5. Consumption that accounts for nature’s limited carrying capacity
  6. Sustainable local communities
  7. Resource-wise economy
  8. Decision-making that respects nature

The different operators in our society, such as businesses, public administration, organisations, associations, the scientific community and educational institutions, will all be extensively involved, as they will be allowed to make their own operational commitments on how to promote these objectives in practice. The realisation of the objectives will be monitored by the Finnish National Commission on Sustainable Development using indicators chosen by the national network of indicator experts, among other ways.

The Finnish National Commission on Sustainable Development will discuss the strategy group’s proposal, make any necessary changes, and begin commitment talks with administrative sectors and different operators this autumn. The Sustainable Development Strategy Group worked throughout spring 2013 and consisted of 18 operators. The strategy group's work was facilitated by Gaia Consulting Oy.

Further information:

Secretary General, Senior Environmental Adviser Sauli Rouhinen,, tel. +358 (0)50 565 8394

Deputy Secretary General, Senior Advisor Marja Innanen,, tel. +358 (0)40 777 5582