Our View on Sustainability
As a company, we are responsible both for our employees and the environment.
By taking care of our Siilis and the world we live in, and by making sure we're sustainable in every aspect of our work, we'll help in creating a better future.
We are committed to integrating responsible and sustainable development goals into all our business operations.
We look at sustainability from financial, social, and environmental points of view and aim at improvement in different focus areas such as environment, inclusiveness, privacy & security, ethics, as well as learning & well-being.
Our Focus Areas
The development of information and communications technologies can help to reduce global CO2 emissions by up to 20 per cent by 2030.
Siili, as a leading developer of digital services and data systems, actively supports this development in its own activities and those of its customers.
We support our employees in using public transport, and we use video conferencing and virtual connections to reduce the need for travel. Waste recycling and reduced electricity consumption are part of our everyday lives in all our facilities.
We have also launched our own SiiliMetsä aka SiiliForest. The aim is to plant 43 trees per employee every year, as trees are the most efficient in fighting climate change for their ability to absorb carbon dioxide. The 43 saplings per employee is enough to cover one employee's yearly carbon footprint, including free-time.
Currently, our employees are between 20 and 63 years old, and they speak 23 native languages. At the end of 2018, women made up 18% of all our employees globally, increasing, as in the year before, by two percentage points year-on-year. On December 31st, 2018, 50% of the members of our Board of Directors and 14% of the members of our management team were women.
Due to the lack of available talent in the markets, we have continued to train young professionals and employees in changing their field of expertise under our "Mestari & Kisälli" (Master & Apprentice) programme. In 2018, we recruited 35 new employees in Helsinki and Oulu through this programme.
We also provide children of 14 to 18 years old the opportunity to take a peek at working life through our "Kesäsiilit" (Summer Siili) programme. In 2018, we held two Kesäsiili periods of two weeks. In addition, we regularly invite students to visit Siili and see what it would be like to work with us.
We understand and appreciate the importance of everyone's personal data and its protection as part of one's Privacy. We believe in empowering individuals by improving their right to self-determination regarding their personal data.
We aim at protecting the integrity of personal data, whether concerning someone independently or in relation to a company, services or products.
In addition, we aim at creating and maintaining Security controls needed to ensure that we are sensibly protecting the confidentiality, availability, and integrity of our assets from threats and vulnerabilities.
In addition to ensuring the wellbeing of our employees, we aim to improve wellbeing in society on a broader scope through our customer projects by enforcing impactful ethical business relationships.
For example, we have developed applications that encourage people to move and that improve people's health. We support the development of society and our customers by providing digital public and private services that offer more diverse and equal opportunities to people, independent of time and place. We contribute to the freedom of choice by helping banks and interfaces to open up their system interfaces. This also supports growing companies that can build new services that make use of these interfaces.
In our work we follow the principles of lean production and agile development. These also help to minimise waste. The impact of our employees on the health of the environment multiplies through the solutions we develop for our customers, as digital services and supply chains reduce paper consumption and emissions. For example, we build remote maintenance solutions that reduce the need to travel between worksites and offices. We also develop preventive maintenance solutions to extend the service life of equipment and reduce its environmental loads.
Through customer assignments, we are actively involved in the drastically changing automotive industry, with electricity replacing fossil fuels and digital sensors, and their user interfaces improving traffic safety and the efficiency of driving time. New Siili employees are selected on the basis of their skills and their suitability for the corporate culture. We reject all discrimination based on ethnic origin, religious beliefs, age, gender or sexual orientation. We have declared Siili to be a discrimination-free zone, and we intervene directly in any improper conduct and bullying. According to the Siili Code of Conduct, we respect human rights and do not accept child, forced or slave labour in any form.
Siili does not approve any corruption or bribery. According to the Siili Code of Conduct, it is not permitted to receive or give any gifts larger than minor ones to advance business activities. If a Siili employee or partner has been in breach of our responsibility principles, other Siili employees and anyone else can report this to email@example.com. No breaches of responsibility principles were reported in 2018.
We are an expert organisation, and all our activities are based on the wellbeing of our personnel. We support the psychological and physical wellbeing of our employees in many different ways.
At the beginning of each employment relationship, employees go through an introduction process to learn about our practices and guidelines. Our "Siili-fiilis" (Siili feeling) wellbeing survey is open every day, and its results are monitored on a monthly basis. Specific activities have been assigned to supervisors, HR business partners, and business managers.
We encourage our employees to keep work and leisure in balance and aim to make this possible in different life situations. Our employees have flexible working hours, an opportunity to accumulate and use excess hours, and access to a free childcare service when their child falls ill. We were among the first companies to participate in the Dad Challenge, launched in 2018 to support fatherhood and equality in our society and in working life.
The reduction of sick leaves is a continuous goal. This is supported, for example, by the model of active early intervention, whereby sick leaves are monitored regularly, and associated wellbeing discussions are held. If there are any problems with one's ability to work, we always consult our occupational healthcare service provider and use a partial sickness allowance model to actively support our employees in returning to work. In addition, we hold preventive wellbeing campaigns twice a year.
Continuous Learning is one of our goals, and we enable this for our employees, customers, and others who are interested in digitalisation at our Siili Academy. In 2018, a total of 353 Siili employees participated in training held by the Siili Academy. All our employees have equal opportunities for learning and personal development. Our goal is to allocate 10% of working hours to training per employee, and local supervisors monitor the fulfillment of this goal.
We are cooperating or are members of the following organizations. By partnering with and becoming part of larger networks, we can better take into consideration all the different aspects of sustainability, train our people, and gain knowledge on how to improve our ways of working.