Procurements play a key role in responsibility policy at HUS. Procurement decisions influence for instance how much energy and materials will be consumed over the life cycle of the products and services procured, and how large the volumes of greenhouse gas emissions and waste will be.
“Responsibility for the common good” is one of the strategic goals of HUS. As a tax-funded and significant social actor, we are required to operate by adhering to special responsibility and ethicality. We discharge this responsibility in the form of environmental responsibility, social responsibility and good governance. Our goal is to be carbon neutral by 2030 and to abide by sustainable development in all our operations.
The principles governing ethical procurement comprise HUS policies on the one hand and general requirements for public procurement on the other. The public sector has both the power and an obligation to use their procurement power in an ethical way. Total public sector procurement in Finland amounts to about EUR 35 billion per year (Confederation of Finnish Industries 2020) and thus has a significant impact on the properties of products on the market. Ethical procurement allows us to reduce harmful environmental impacts and emissions and to promote the sustainable use of natural resources throughout the life cycle of any given procurement. Moreover, the decision-in-principle adopted by the Government of Finland on June 13, 2013 also requires both central and local government to favor energy-efficient and environmentally friendly (‘cleantech’) solutions.