The environmental principles encourage technology companies to act as forerunners
The Federation of Finnish Technology Industries aims to strengthen the competitiveness of technology companies by increasing their environmental know-how. These environmental principles highlight the environmental focus areas of the technology industry and specify its common operating principles.
The Federation of Finnish Technology Industries published its first environmental principles ‘Ympäristövastuu osana teknologiateollisuuden kestävää liiketoimintaa’ (Environmental responsibility as part of sustainable business practices in the technology industry) in 2004. As a result of climate change, environmental problems and greater environmental awareness, environmental issues play an increasingly important role in society. This change has a direct or indirect impact on all enterprises. It is important to take environmental issues into account in all operations.
The new environmental principles encourage technology companies to act as forerunners in the development of environmentally sound technologies. The Finnish technology industry has an impact on global eco-efficiency by manufacturing advanced products and services and developing innovative technologies for tackling environmental problems. Environmental know-how plays a key role in boosting the competitiveness of the industry.
We need shared principles that direct these operations in order to secure the preconditions for future operations. The environmental principles of the Federation of Finnish Technology Industries specify the areas in which technology enterprises have the greatest potential to improve their environmental competitiveness while ensuring their future operating preconditions. Furthermore, the principles introduce environmental topics to the conversation underway with various sectors and other interest groups, such as legislators.
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The main Finnish technology industries are the electronics and electrotechnical industry, mechanical engineering, the metals industry and information technology. The technology sector is responsible for 75 % of all commercial research and development investments and 60 % of Finland’s total exports, with over 70 % of net sales generated in the global markets. The Federation of Finnish Technology Industries has more than 1,400 member companies, covering almost 90 % of the entire Finnish technology industry.