5 March 2018
Neste employees encouraged to donate working time for a good cause in 2018
In December 2017, Neste's Hannele Jakosuo-Jansson, SVP, Human Resources and Safety and Lars Peter Lindfors, SVP, Technology helped prepare cakes for the Salvation Army's Christmas concert.
Over the years, Neste employees have sporadically engaged in local charity work or otherwise positively contributed to the surrounding society. In 2018, for the first time Neste employees are encouraged to engage in such efforts in a structured manner.
"Being a good corporate citizen and contributing to the society are important to us here at Neste. We make donations to local schools, youth organizations, sports clubs, and other good causes every year. We also make annual donations to charity and engage in sponsorships at the corporate level. As we are celebrating Neste's 70th birthday in 2018, we thought we could do a bit more in the area of societal engagement. This is why we are offering our employees the opportunity to dedicate a half of their working day to voluntary work. Some employee groups, such as those working in shifts, have slightly less freedom to choose how they participate due to the nature of their work tasks here at Neste, but all are nevertheless given an opportunity to contribute in one way or another," explains Hannele Jakosuo-Jansson, SVP, Human Resources and Safety at Neste.
Neste employees, teams, and sites can choose where they want to do voluntary work, the criteria being that voluntary work is done in line with Neste's values and for an organization doing good in the local community or society. Employees are advised, for example, not to engage in any high-risk work, or work for political parties or religious movements.
In order to get a sense of its overall positive impact, Neste aims to track how many working hours its employees donated, and how many charities or causes were involved in a year.
"If our collaborative charity work is a success, who knows, perhaps we could continue this at Neste somehow," Jakosuo-Jansson adds.
Executive team members set an example
At the end of 2017, Neste's executive team members donated their working time to charities and helped out in whichever way each charity preferred.
"Our General Counsel Christian Ståhlberg and I helped assemble furniture at one of the houses of SOS Children's Villages in Finland. Other management team members also helped Myllypuro food bank and Finnish Salvation Army," explains Simo Honkanen, SVP, Sustainability and Public Affairs at Neste.
"People queued several hours in cold rain as they waited for their turn to receive free food supplies. Their thankfulness for what they got was touching," says Neste's Osmo Kammonen, Senior Vice President, Communications and Brand Marketing who helped the workers of Myllypuro Elintarvikeapu in Finland to distribute food supplies to those in need.
Hannele Jakosuo-Jansson, SVP, Human Resources and Safety, tel. +358 10 458 4688, hannele.jakosuo-jansson(@)neste.com
Follow #NesteLife on Twitter or Instagram during 2018 to get glimpses of Neste employees' voluntary work experiences, among other things.
Neste in brief
Neste (NESTE, Nasdaq Helsinki) builds sustainable options for transport, business and consumer needs. Our global range of products and services allows customers to lower their carbon footprint by combining high-quality and low-emission renewable products and oil products with tailor-made service solutions. We are the world's largest producer of renewable diesel refined from waste and residues, and we are also bringing renewable solutions to the aviation and plastics industries. We want to be a reliable partner with widely valued expertise, research and responsible practices. In 2016, Neste's net sales stood at EUR 11.7 billion. In 2018, Neste placed 2nd on the Global 100 list of the most sustainable companies in the world. Read more: neste.com