FIBS (Finnish Business & Society ry) and the Finnish Commerce Federation are starting a new kind of industry cooperation with the main goals of furthering the development of sustainability and of learning together in the commerce sector.
“FIBS aims to stimulate sustainable business practices and companies’ expertise in questions of sustainability. Our 20-year jubilee is not only a time for festivities but also of new leads. Among these is the industry partnership model negotiated with the Finnish Commerce Federation, which acts as a pilot for deepening industry-wide cooperation”, says Mikko Routti, Executive Director of FIBS.
The Finnish Commerce Federation is a natural industry partner for FIBS. The Finnish Commerce Federation has been a member of FIBS since 2014 and many companies in the industry are active participants of FIBS. The federation represents commerce – the largest sector of economic life, which is also the largest part of the growing services sector. FIBS is Finland’s leading corporate responsibility network with nearly 350 members, including most of the one hundred largest Finnish companies.
“For commerce, sustainability is part and parcel of everyday work. As a federation we want to participate in supporting and strengthening Finland’s road to sustainable development. We also find it important to offer our member companies the latest information and a forum for learning together. Increasingly close-knit cooperation with FIBS opens up new possibilities for supporting this work”, says Mari Kiviniemi, Managing Director of the Finnish Commerce Federation.
Within the industry cooperation FIBS will offer, among other things, their extensive selection of sustainability-related webinars for the member companies of the Finnish Commerce Federation. The Finnish Commerce Federation will inform its members of the variety of opportunities related to cooperation with FIBS and organise ways to learn together and reach the latest information regarding corporate responsibility.
FIBS will celebrate its twenty years of operation and decades of Finnish corporate responsibility on 24 March with a jubilee seminar organised at Finlandia Hall. The seminar is open to all FIBS members and other invitees and it will also be streamed live.
Mikko Routti, Executive Director, FIBS, +358 (0)40 527 4575, mikko.routti(at)fibs.fi
Mari Kiviniemi, Managing Director, Finnish Commerce Federation, +358 (0)50 511 3189, mari.kiviniemi(at)kauppa.fi
Pia Pere-Vanhanen, Communications Director, Finnish Commerce Federation, +358 (0)40 867 1708, email@example.com
The Finnish Commerce Federation represents commerce—the largest sector of economic life. Commerce employs around 300,000 people in Finland. The Federation has around 7,000 member companies and it represents both retail and wholesale commerce in industry policy and labour market lobbying. www.kauppa.fi
FIBS is Finland’s leading promoter of sustainable business and developer of expertise. Our goal is to inspire more and more Finnish companies to start developing productive solutions to local and global problems in cooperation with other companies and organisations, so that they can rise to the top of sustainable business globally. We offer our different member groups a tailored service, help them stay on top of corporate responsibility, increase the expertise in responsibility of entire organisations and offer them an opportunity to be profiled as pioneers and active developers of sustainable business. www.fibsry.fi