At VTT we take account of the principles of sustainable development, both in research and development and in our internal operations. Our reporting on corporate responsibility follows GRI-3 guidelines. We describe examples of corporate responsibility in the VTT Review and publish the selected GRI metrics on the VTT website. Reporting includes the VTT Review, VTT Group Corporate Governance (CG) and the HR Report(www.vtt.fi).

All six themes in VTT's strategic research portfolio – bioeconomy, low-carbon economy, clean environment, digitalisation, resource-efficient production, and health and well-being solutions – target a better living environment and sustainable economy. VTT's research activity produces a stream of totally new sustainable solutions for the major challenges facing society. According to studies, the utilisation rate for VTT's research results is extremely high, attaching great significance to VTT's impact in promoting sustainable development. VTT's research results and experts are also widely called upon as a basis for public decision-making on the journey to a society founded on sustainable development.

Responsibility for our own personnel

VTT renewed its organisation at the beginning of 2014, which led to the decision to postpone the personnel survey until 2014. The outcome of the cooperation negotiations that took place in 2013 included VTT giving up some areas of expertise entirely. When finalising the tasks of team leaders within the new organisation it was stressed that among the most significant would be taking on responsibility for the team's occupational well-being and work safety. This objective would be supported by training for new managers. Calculated using the method of the Zero Accidents forum, the frequency of accidents was almost as low as the previous year: 1.56 occupational accidents per million work hours. The gravity of the accidents had never been less, causing only 29 days of sick leave in total (4.14 days of sick leave per single accident). Not one serious accident occurred at a VTT workplace. Journeying to and from work revealed a different picture, however, with an unusually high number of serious accidents (8) while commuting. These caused just short of 430 days of sick leave. The occupational safety authorities had issued VTT with operating instructions in 2011 concerning the cutting of credit balance on the working time account of personnel, and in 2013 continued to monitor this and the effectiveness of corrective measures taken by VTT. VTT gave their response on the issue at the end of October, covering the period 1 October 2012 to 30 September 2013. Training for managers concerning the occupational safety card continued. Hazard assessments for machinery and equipment were also extended and a process description begun for managing equipment containing sources of radiation. Principles were also agreed for working alone, minimum protective equipment at certain research facilities, and the procedure for guests at experimental facilities. Chemical audits began in the major population centres and will continue in 2014.

Environmental issues

VTT was recognised as a Green Office from 2009 to 2013. We ended cooperation with the WWF at the end of last year on receiving certification in accordance with ISO14001 criteria for environmental management systems. Precompliance of VTT's operational system with the ISO14001 standard was assessed in August 2013 and showed VTT to be ready to apply for certification. The actual audit took place in October, when two minor deviations were revealed regarding environmental issues. Corrective measures have since been agreed and begun by VTT.

By the end of the year, overall travel at VTT had turned out to be less than for the previous year. The reduction in domestic travel, thanks to use of the Lync instant messaging service and more effective videoconferencing, is significant in terms of CO2 emissions. The total of 35.4 million flight kilometres accumulated was less than the previous year, even though flights are often long-distance because of VTT's internationalisation objectives. There was also a drop in personal car use.

The amount of paper purchased was again reduced (6.9%). Printouts fell by almost a million copies (11.7%), with colour accounting for nearly half of this reduction. The 2013 Environmental Deed of the Year went to Oulu for smart time- and temperature-controlled heating posts capable of reducing energy consumption by a half or even two thirds compared to conventional types. The posts were adopted as long ago as 2003 on an amateur basis, the project kickstarting when certain people fed up with heating posts not working properly set up a 'coffee table' project to fix the problem. Alterations being carried out on the Oulu office parking area at the time meant an ideal opportunity to observe how the idea worked in practice. The technology will nevertheless need to be updated for the 21 heating posts in the system to continue in use. Decontamination of the soil following the Otaniemi oil spill has been put back because of the delay in work on the metro.