Responsibility Report 2022

Management confirmation for the Responsibility Report

With other authorities, the National Archives ensures that Finland’s documentary cultural heritage is stored digitally and made more widely available. The improved usability of the materials supports research activities, a knowledge-based approach and education. It enhances equality and inclusion, strengthens democracy, creates preconditions for a meaningful life and supports trust in social institutions.

From the perspective of its operations, the National Archives selected the most significant sustainable development goals of UN Agenda 2030 in accordance with the National Archives’ first Sustainable Development Plan drawn up in 2020.

  Goals selected by the National Archives: 

  • Peace, justice and strong institutions (Goal 16)
  • Quality education (Goal 4)
  • Decent work and economic growth (Goal 8)
  • Climate action (Goal 13)
  • Partnerships for the goals (Goal 17)

Indicators were defined for these goals and their sub-goals to demonstrate their progress. Read more about the goals of responsibility and the indicators here.

The basic activities of the National Archives are in line with the goals of sustainable development. Sustainable development is considered in all decision making in the National Archives. It is managed as part of the overall steering processes. Sustainable development measures are integrated into operational and economic planning processes.

Sustainable development requires increasing knowledge and strengthening awareness and responsibility competence. In the National Archives, this work is coordinated by the Sustainable Development Group. In addition, cooperation is pursued with the administrative branch of the Ministry of Education and Culture.

We have established personal sustainability goals for all employees since 2021. In the 2022 goal and development discussions, a personal goal was agreed for each National Archives employee to strengthen the handprint of sustainable development.

At the same time, our common understanding of how the National Archives can contribute to sustainable development has been strengthened. By taking the right measures, we can increase our positive handprint and reduce our environmental footprint.

UN has defined 17 sustainable development goals.

Tasks and values of the National Archives

The task of the National Archives of Finland is to ensure that the documents belonging to the national cultural heritage are preserved and remain accessible and to promote their use for research. With its customers, the National Archives promotes data management based on ar-tificial intelligence and the renewing methods of science, as well as open access to document data. Our agency operates in the administrative branch of the Ministry of Education and Cul-ture, and our operating area covers the whole country.

The values guiding the activities of the National Archives are openness and confidentiality, and impartiality and independence. Values support sustainable development.

Governance of responsibility

Sustainable development is a strategic goal of the National Archives and an integral part of its everyday activities. Responsibility reporting is based on the indicators used in the National Ar-chives. Regarding the carbon footprint, the reporting is based on data from the State Treas-ury; regarding the use of premises and energy consumption, from Senate Properties.

Description of how the report was prepared

The Sustainable Development Group, established in the National Archives in 2020, has prepared the report in cooperation with the agency’s management and communications. The personnel have participated in the definition of goals and in the indicator workshop.

The goals of responsibility