Social responsibility and sustainability at Xamk
Society is rapidly changing with a growing demand on responsibility and sustainability. Xamk constantly monitors and aims to improve its social responsibility and annually reports the results of its responsibility and sustainability programme which is one of the guiding instruments for development alongside with the university strategy, performance agreement with the Ministry of Education and Culture for 2021-2024 and joint programme of responsibility and sustainable development of Finnish universities of applied sciences. At Xamk, the development of responsibility and sustainability is coordinated by the Team for Developing Responsibility and Sustainability.
Xamk aims to become carbon neutral in 2025
In a performance agreement made with the Ministry of Education and Culture for 2021-2024, Xamk has committed to reaching carbon neutrality as early as in 2025. Carbon footprint will be calculated by a model jointly created by universities of applied sciences.
In order to achieve this objective, it is essential that we cut down on traveling and prefer online meetings. All our campuses have joined the WWF Green Office network. We use Green Office to monitor sustainable development on our campuses and in our cafeterias, for example food waste and consumption of heat and electricity.
Networks of responsibility
Responsibility and sustainability at universities of applied sciences
The objective of the joint programme of responsibility and sustainable development of Finnish universities of applied sciences is to ensure that their operation becomes carbon neutral by 2030. The programme aims to increase influential imprint and reduce carbon footprint. This has been further specified by 14 promises concerning actions to be taken from the beginning of 2021
Xamk to be the first Finnish university of applied sciences signed on to the UN Global Compact initiative
Xamk wants to take part in international networks of responsibility. In November 2020, Xamk became a signatory of the UN Global Compact, as the first Finnish university of applied sciences. UN Global Compact is an initiative which seeks to promote responsible and sustainable business all over the world. Xamk is currently updating its own responsibility and sustainability programme to comply with the Global Compact.
By committing to the Global Compact, Xamk wishes to promote the objectives, declarations and agreements of the UN. All participants of the Global Compact make a promise of responsibility to their employees, clients, customers and owners and seek to set an example for other operators and society as a whole as to what sustainable conduct of business will be in the future.
The UN Global Compact is part of a wider UN framework based on principles expressed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development and the United Nations Convention against Corruption. The main goals of the UN are presented in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
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Every Xamk campus goes Green Office
The Green Office environmental programme is an important part of Xamk’s responsibility and sustainability objectives. All campuses of Xamk − Kotka, Kouvola, Mikkeli and Savonlinna – have acquired Green Office certification. Also, each campus has its own Green Office team to provide staff and students with guidance and advice.
The common goal is to reduce the amount of waste and consumption of electricity, heat and water on all campuses. The recycling of waste materials is highly promoted and facilitated. Since Xamk comprises four campuses, a special attention is paid to sustainable commuting. In addition, info training and campaigns are organised for staff and students to give them ideas on how to make more environmentally friendly choices in the daily course of life.
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Olli Ervaala, Director of Education Services, Director of Sustainability
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