Management model

General operating principles guiding responsibility

Corporate responsibility work is based on Kesko's value, vision and mission. Corporate responsibility work is guided by Kesko’s strategy, the K Code of Conduct, Kesko’s general corporate responsibility principles, and Kesko’s purchasing principles.

Kesko’s responsibility programme contains both short-term and long-term objectives. The programme has six themes: Good corporate governance and finance, Customers, Society, Working community, Responsible purchasing and sustainable selections, and Environment.

Kesko has committed to several international declarations and conventions, the most important of which are:

  • The UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child
  • The ILO convention on the Fundamental Rights and Principles at Work
  • The OECD Guidelines for Multinational Corporations
  • The ICC Business Charter for Sustainable Development and principles against corruption and bribery
  • The UN Global Compact initiative
  • The UN Sustainable Development Goals
  • The purchasing principles of the amfori Business Social Compliance Initiative (amfori BSCI)

Corporate responsibility organisation in Kesko

Corporate responsibility at Kesko is integrated into day-to-day activities that help customers make good choices.

Kesko’s Board of Directors and Group Management Board discuss the key principles and reporting.

The corporate responsibility function is headed by the Executive Vice President for human resources, corporate responsibility and regional relations, who is a member of Kesko’s Group Management Board. Corporate responsibility is one of the target indicators of his performance bonus.

The Group’s Corporate Responsibility Unit, assisted by steering groups, is responsible for the development, coordination and reporting of responsibility work.

The management of each business division is responsible for practical implementation.


Corporate responsibility steering

"Kesko participates in the UN Global Compact initiative and is committed to observing ten generally accepted principles concerning human rights, labour standards, the environment and anti-corruption in all of its operating countries."

Mikko Helander, President and CEO