Our policies

Metsähallitus Board of Directors has confirmed policies that apply to the entire group as strategic management areas to steer the activities. 

The policies define the areas of joint activities between Metsähallitus’ Group units and business units, the link to the strategy and its implementation, the main goals, key principles, main roles and responsibilities, and reporting procedures.  

Responsibility Policy 

The responsibility policy was compiled as part of the responsibility programme, and it was approved by the Metsähallitus Board of Directors in 2019.

Main objectives 

Responsibility is integral to every aspect of our operations. It is integrated with our strategy as well as our management, operation and development.  

To us, responsibility means ambitiously working and developing together to achieve a more sustainable, responsible, fair and equal future. 

State lands and waters are subjected to a wide variety of use needs, which have ecological, cultural, social and economic impacts. We make every effort to sustainably and responsibly harmonise these needs so that they will benefit people, society and nature as much as possible. 

We act as a responsible organisation and take the impacts of our operations into consideration wherever they reach.  

We actively influence society and develop responsible operations with customers, partners and stakeholders.  

Key principles 

Management, people, society and the environment are the focal points of our responsibility programme.  
Metsähallitus’ responsibility work is guided by the responsibility policy, responsibility programme and Code of Conduct, which specify the key responsibility principles, guidelines, objectives and actions. We encourage our stakeholders to take our Code of Conduct into consideration and honour it. We require our supplier to pledge their commitment to our Code of Conduct, including human rights, the right to work and environmental obligations (Supplier Code of Conduct). 

Our operations are based on internationally recognised responsibility guidelines and principles, such as the UN Agenda for Sustainable Development (2030 Agenda) and Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. The materiality analysis produced based on the viewpoints given by our stakeholders forms the core of our responsibility programme. 

We manage and act in an ethical manner. We respect human rights. We ensure fair and equal operations and treatment. We do not tolerate discrimination, bullying or harassment.  

We take climate impacts, climate change adjustments, biodiversity and sustainable economy and employment into consideration in every aspect of our operations. 

We generate economic and social value for the State of Finland. Economic value is comprised of revenue recognition for the State and the development of long-term yields on business assets. Social value is generated by the combined effect of public administration tasks, business and general social obligations to be observed in conducting business. Metsähallitus operations have a major impact on regional economies through partner enterprises and local clientele. 

We identify areas in our operations that are essential in terms of responsibility as well as their attendant risks, which we manage as part of our risk management system. We oversee the observance and implementation of responsibility and, if necessary, take corrective measures.  

Main roles and responsibilities 

The Metsähallitus Board of Directors is responsible for the organisation of environmental management and its integration with the strategy. The Board of Directors approves the Metsähallitus responsibility policy. 

The Director General oversees the management and implementation of responsibility.  

The Metsähallitus Management Group sets common strategic responsibility targets and ensures their implementation in the respective units. 

The Metsähallitus Director of Communications oversees the responsibility process. 

The responsibility group provides the Director of Communications with expert support in carrying out responsibility work. The group is responsible for the co-ordination, development and communication of responsibility at Metsähallitus. The group consists of experts appointed by units.  

Each and every Metsähallitus employee is responsible for ensuring that responsibility is implemented in their own work. 

Units ensure that Metsähallitus’ responsibility principles can be seen in our operations with customers, partners, suppliers and other stakeholders. 

Our responsibility policy is re-evaluated at least once every strategy period and updated whenever necessary. Responsibility is developed together with customers, partners and stakeholders. 

Reporting procedure 

Each year, we gather information on the implementation of responsibility targets and their related measures.  Units regularly report their results to their respective management groups as well as to the Metsähallitus Management Group and Board of Directors.  

We publish these results in our annual and responsibility reports and our General social obligations report. We actively provide communications on these reports. 

Environmental Policy 

The environmental policy was updated by decision of Metsähallitus Board of Directors in December 2019.  

Main objectives 

We use, manage and protect the state-owned land and water areas under our management. We act in a sustainable manner, carry out our business operations within the framework of our social obligations and manage the public administration tasks assigned to Metsähallitus under the law.  

In accordance with our values and strategy, we work to reconcile the expectations on state-owned land and water areas in a responsible and interactive manner. As a result of our work, state-owned land will generate optimal sustainable benefits for society as a whole. Preserving biodiversity and acting in a climate smart manner are our strategic goals.  

Metsähallitus has an environmental management system certified in accordance with ISO 14001 standard and this environmental policy is based on the requirements laid out in the standard. 

The environmental policy covers all areas of Metsähallitus activities.  

Key principles 

We develop our activities on the basis of shared values, strategy and responsibility. Responsibility also means that each Metsähallitus employee must, as part of their own work, continuously improve the environment. Ensuring that there is no conflict between ecological, economic, social and cultural sustainability is the principle guiding all our work. We follow developments in environmental matters and keep up to date with environmental trends, and work to ensure that Metsähallitus can lead the way in sustainable development. 

Compliance with the law and other regulations is the basis for all Metsähallitus activities and it provides the minimum level for what we do. We promote the implementation of the international environmental agreements that Finland has acceded to. Responsibility is key to our activities and developing them. We observe the precautionary principle when taking measures with environmental impacts. We support initiatives that help to ensure more responsible use of natural resources. We promote the development and introduction of environmentally friendly practices and technologies. In forestry, we observe PEFC forest certification standards and our own environmental guidelines. 

Each year, we set strategic environmental goals, which, in accordance with the ISO standard, provide the basis for the development of environmental matters in Metsähallitus as a whole and in individual business units. The strategic environmental goals of Metsähallitus are stated at the end of this policy. 

The key environmental aspects of Metsähallitus activities concern the use of natural resources, property development, maintaining of biodiversity, water protection and landscape management. We evaluate the environmental aspects and risks in connection with our activities each year. To manage environmental impacts and to constantly improve our environmental management practices, we prepare environmental objectives, guidelines and monitoring methods. We work to reconcile the expectations on state-owned land and water areas and develop our activities in an interactive manner in cooperation with our stakeholders, customers, other partners and local residents. The environmental knowledge and skills of our personnel and contractual entrepreneurs are developed and monitored on a regular basis.  

Roles and responsibilities  

Metsähallitus Board of Directors is responsible for the organisation of environmental management and for integrating it into the overall activities. The Board of Directors approves the environmental policy of Metsähallitus and decides on the extent of environmental system certifications. 

The Director General is responsible for environmental management in Metsähallitus and for ensuring that the decisions on environmental matters are properly implemented. 

Metsähallitus Senior Management reviews the functioning of the environmental management system, prepares the environmental policy, drafts the environmental objectives for the following year and submits the draft to the Board of Directors for consideration.  

Each business unit is responsible for the environmental matters relevant to its own activities. 

Metsähallitus environmental groups prepare the matters concerning the environmental management system for the Board of Directors and Senior Management and the management groups of individual business units, and ensure the proper coordination, monitoring and development of system implementation. The Metsähallitus environmental group is chaired by the Director of Development who presents the matters to Senior Management and the Board of Directors. The environmental group works in close cooperation with the Metsähallitus corporate responsibility group. 

Each Metsähallitus employee is expected to implement this environmental policy and the environmental management guidelines in their own work. 

Reporting procedure and developing the environmental management system 

Metsähallitus is constantly developing its environmental management system in order the improve the level of environmental protection. Metsähallitus monitors, measures, analyses and assesses the level of its own environmental protection practices and evaluates the functioning of its environmental management system through internal and external audits and reviews. Metsähallitus Senior Management reviews the environmental management system each year in order to ensure that it is appropriate, and effective and meets the needs of Metsähallitus. The review produced by Metsähallitus is based on the reviews of individual business units. We openly communicate the economic, ecological and social results of our activities, their environmental impacts and the changes in the level of environmental protection. 

Strategic environmental goals of Metsähallitus  

  • Preserving and developing biodiversity 
  • Climate change, preparing for the phenomenon and mitigating it