At the National Land Survey of Finland, sustainability means that the perspectives of wellbeing of the environment, people and the economy are taken into account in decision making, our research, development and daily work.
The National Land Survey is committed on its part to promote the fulfilment of Finland's sustainability goals and further the UN's goals for sustainable development (Agenda 2030).
The National Land Survey's principles of sustainability include acting in an open and ethical manner, respecting stakeholders, compliance with laws and international codes of conduct and other voluntary activities, through which the organisation promotes sustainable development beyond the minimum requirements of the law.
The National Land Survey's sustainability report and data balance sheet for 2020
The sustainability report 2020 (pdf) shows how the operations of the National Land Survey appeared from the perspective of sustainability in 2020. The National Land Survey's goals and actions have been divided under four new themes: Data to serve society, People who feel well, Sustainable environment, and Sustainable way of working and economic sustainability.
The data balance sheet 2020 (pdf) (in Finnish) is part of the sustainable management and reporting of data at the NLS. It highlights the key principles and practices of the NLS concerning the sustainable and secure processing and use of data.
Data to serve society
The National Land Survey of Finland (NLS) safeguards land ownership and the credit system by maintaining information about properties and housing company shares in its registers, and by taking care of the registration of their ownership and mortgages. In addition, the NLS maintains topographic data and produces maps, aerial photos and laser scanning data throughout Finland. The NLS is also an international researcher and specialist in geospatial data.
People who feel well
At the NLS, social sustainability means looking after the personnel, covering occupational safety and health, competence development and job satisfaction, for example. However, social sustainability also extends outside the NLS organisation. We want to protect and develop equality and non-discrimination in interaction with our stakeholders, sharing information.
The NLS is working for a sustainable environment at two levels. First, it aims to actively reduce the environmental loads of its activities. Second, it strives to identify the significance of the data and competence of the NLS as an enabler of sustainable development in society.
A sustainable way of working and economic sustainability lay a solid foundation for the operations of the NLS. Reliability in all operations has long been one of the strengths of the NLS, based on various stakeholder surveys. In the context of public administration, economic sustainability also means using public finances sustainably, thus producing as much added value to society and its citizens as possible.
Development of sustainability
The first sustainability programme is currently being developed at the National Land Survey. The goal is to finalise the programme towards the end of 2021. The programme describes what sustainability means at the National Land Survey and how we intend to improve sustainability in future.