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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
  • Environment

2017 Highlights and Challenges

Highlights

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Science Based Targets for emissions

We were the first Finnish company to set science based targets for reducing emissions from our properties, transportation, and supply chains. To achieve these ambitious targets, we will increase the use of renewable energy and improve our energy efficiency.

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Renewable electricity 100%

Since the beginning of 2017, all electricity purchased by Kesko in Finland has been produced with renewable energy. The electricity has a Guarantee of Origin and, in 2017, was produced with Finnish bioenergy.

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K Fishpaths

In August 2017, we began a multi-year collaboration with the environmental organisation WWF Finland to save endangered migratory fish. We will map out areas in Finland to find obstacles in migratory fish spawning grounds, and in a spirit of cooperation with landowners, local K-retailers and volunteers, make the spawning grounds once again accessible to fish.

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Challenges

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Supply chains

We purchase and sell responsibly and support our customers in making sustainable choices. Our goal is to know the supply chains of all of our products and to ensure they are sustainable. This is challenging, as our selections comprise tens of thousands of products purchased from around the world. Moreover, food products, for example, often contain a multitude of different ingredients. We pay special attention to human rights issues and working conditions within the supply chain. Suppliers are monitored especially in countries where the risk of violations of these rights is the greatest.

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Professional and committed personnel

K Group, i.e. Kesko and the K-retailers, employs approximately 42,000 people. Roles range from jobs at stores to retailer entrepreneurship and expert and manager positions in various fields. Professional, committed personnel forms the basis for all our operations. Tightening competition for skilled labour requires active development of employer image, performance and competence management, and maintaining employee wellbeing and working ability.

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