Sustainability is a strategic choice at Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences. We are committed to observing accountable business operations in our study plans and RDI activities.
The Responsible Haaga-Helia project is the university's internal project established to promote the implementation and development of accountable business operations in our functions as well as in our teaching and research work.
Haaga-Helia has developed its environmental management system competence across all its units.
Haaga-Helia has signed the Finland Chamber of Commerce's Climate Commitment, which commits us to being carbon neutral by 2030. We also participate in the City of Helsinki's Climate Partners, which aims to achieve a carbon-neutral capital city through joint commitments. The climate commitments include a number of practical activities, such as the installation of solar panels on the roof of the Porvoo campus, which generate around 50 MWh of electricity per year.
The Vierumäki campus has been awarded the demanding ISO 14 001 environmental management system. Porvoo Campus was completed in 2011 and was built using eco-efficient technology.
Haaga-Helia's curricula and degree programmes observe responsible business conduct. We play our role in training responsible experts and leaders for the future. In practice, this means that students can choose to research and develop corporate environmental responsibility in both their project work and theses. In the new curricula, we also examine economic principles through the perspective of comprehensive accountability.
The course selection also includes entirely new study modules, which emphasise responsible corporate conduct as part of the actual substance competence. Our Business Programmes Unit has approximately 6,000 students of business administration. Responsible business conduct is part of all of their studies irrespective of their specialisation.
During the course, students learn the basics of the significance of responsible business conduct for delivering results in a company. They will also learn to consider responsible business conduct as the engine for innovation. Furthermore, all students of business administration are offered specialisation studies in responsible business operation. The subject matter has already been the topic for several theses.
Haaga-Helia is the first Finnish university of applied sciences to have signed the United Nations-supported initiative Principles for Responsible Management Education (PREM) aimed at business and management schools.
The experts that graduate from Haaga-Helia must:
- understand the importance of accountable business conduct in establishing corporate and social values.
- be able to work for the benefit of sustainable international economy.
The aim of the Happy Haaga-Helia section is to promote social responsibility and particularly the level of occupational and student welfare. As part of this work, Haaga-Helia has committed to preventing discrimination and developing diversity by, for example, signing FIBS ry's Diversity Charter.
Haaga-Helia has also published its Equality and Non-Discrimination Plan for 2021-2023. The objective of the equality and non-discrimination plan and work is to secure our educational institution’s diversity, non-discriminatory nature and equality, and to introduce the processes and bodies with which the possible flaws can be corrected.
The Haaga-Helia's Accessibility Plan presents objectives and policies used at Haaga-Helia to promote diversity, strengthen the inclusion of minority groups, in particular, and steer towards the prevention and removal of all kinds of harassment and discrimination from the community.
The goal of the Developing Haaga-Helia section is to identify the sustainability elements in RDI activities. In principle, all Haaga-Helia projects are subject to at least a moderate responsibility analysis regarding the preconditions and impacts of the projects. Furthermore, Haaga-Helia is active as a researcher of themes connected to responsibility, such as sharing economy, sustainable tourism and circular economy.