Haaga-Helia is committed to observing accountable business operations in its study plans and RDI activities.
We play our role in training responsible experts and leaders for the future.
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.
Haaga-Helia is also 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.
Furthermore, Haaga-Helia has also signed FIBS ry's Diversity Charter.
Responsible Haaga-Helia project
The Responsible Haaga-Helia project is the university's internal project established to promote the implementation and development of accountable business operations in our own functions as well as in our teaching and research work.
Haaga-Helia has developed its environmental management system competence across all its units. We have committed, as the first university in Finland, to gradually introduce the WWF Green Office environmental service or some other environmental management system in all our branches.
Currently, the Green Office certificate has been granted to Haaga-Helia's Haaga branch. The Pasila campus has had to give it up due to practical reasons. However, the Pasila, Porvoo and Malmi branches take environmental aspects into consideration although without a certified environmental system.
The Vierumäki branch has earned the demanding ISO 14 001 environmental certificate. The new Porvoo Campus, built using the latest eco-efficient technology, was completed in January 2011.
Haaga-Helia's curricula and degree programmes observe responsible business conduct. 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.
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.
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.