FIBS was established in 200 and is the leading Finnish corporate responsibility network. Most of the FIBS members are large companies, but FIBS also welcomes NGOs, universities and public sector organisations to join the network in order to create a unique platform of expertise and diversity. FIBS’ mission is to promote financially, socially and ecologically sustainable business in Finland by supporting its members’ CR strategy and initiatives. FIBS’ services include information services, events (seminars, workshops, round-tables), training and education, research and tools, networking and platform for stakeholder dialogue, visibility for members’ responsible business practices. Current focus areas are business & biodiversity, human rights, responsible supply chains, diversity and inclusion, CR communications and company-NGO collaboration.
- 238 member organisations, including 183 companies.
Shared Members with WBCSD
- (3) Metsä Group, Metso, UPM.
Building the Business Case
- Arranges the largest CR event in Finland “RATKAISUN PAIKKA” that attracts over 700 participants on a yearly basis.
- Conducts annually an extensive Sustainability in Finland survey that provides data on large Finnish companies’ CR practices and trends.
- Runs the Finnish Diversity Charter. Companies that are committed in promoting diversity sign the Diversity Charter. Signatory companies are then provided with tools and information to further strengthen their diversity management capabilities. Tools developed include diversity management guidebook and check list.
- Promotes company-NGO collaboration through NGO market place, which is a platform for NGOs to promote their expertise for businesses and to build strategic partnerships with corporations. FIBS has also published a work book for more effective collaboration. FIBS arranged the Finnish European CSR Award in 2013. The award is likely to take place again in 2015.
- In 2014 FIBS established a new CR communications working group. The group meets 4 times a year and tries to find new and more effective ways to communicate about sustainability to variety of audiences.
- Arranges over 30 events annually. These include seminars, workshops and round-tables. Topics range from CR reporting to management of water risks and from stakeholder dialogue to taxation.
- Publishes Sustainable Finland yearbook that illustrates Finnish companies’ sustainable process, service and product innovations.
- Action2020-related Activities
- FIBS runs Business & Biodiversity program which aims at raising companies’ awareness on issues related to ecosystem services and helping enterprises to understand and manage their own impacts on biodiversity. Business and biodiversity programme includes seminars and workshops open to all companies. In addition to public events, selected nine companies are participating in a year-long Master Class training that is based on the WBCSD BET-module. In 2014 FIBS will publish a workbook highlighting the best business & biodiversity practices.
Basic Needs and Rights
- FIBS offers human rights training for Finnish companies. The objective of the course is to help companies with human rights due diligence process and integration of human rights issues into operations. The first course will be arranged during the autumn 2014. In addition to this training, FIBS will arrange multiple seminars and workshops around the topic.
- FIBS supports companies in doing business in emerging markets in a responsible manner. FIBS has published a workbook “Sustainable Business at Emerging Markets” and arranged a series of workshops on this topic.
Skills and Employment
- FIBS promotes skills and employment through the activities of Diversity Charter. FIBS has e.g. arranged a meeting place for companies and young immigrants and worked together with NGOs to increase the participation of disabled and other marginalized groups. In addition, FIBS is engaged in a collaborative research project (2014–15), in which researchers test and further develop a tool for designing and tailoring work for disabled and other marginalized groups.
- Coordinates the annual Sustainability reporting contest and runs the sustainability report database.
- Government Engagement and External Collaboration
- FIBS in a multi-stakeholder network: over 20 % of the members are non-business entities such as NGOs, universities and public sector organizations. This approach provides a natural platform for dialogue and access to best expertise.
- FIBS works closely with several ministries including Ministry of Employment and Economy (regulatory environment, CR reporting, promoting CR), Ministry of Environment (biodiversity), Ministry of Foreign Affairs (human rights and supply chains) and Ministry of Interior (diversity, non-discrimination). FIBS comments on new public CR strategies and action plans, the last example being the national action plan on business and human rights.
- Member of CSR Europe and works as Finnish GRI’s data partner.
- Collaboration with Global Network Partners
FIBS has collaborated with RBF – Poland in the field of diversity and inclusion.
Global Network Collaboration