Company tensions in transformative change

Past Event
18 January 2022 15:45 (GMT)
18 January 2022 17:15 (GMT)

The actions of private companies play a critical role in sustainability transitions. Companies can both drive transformative change and maintain unsustainable systems. From an organizational perspective, transformative change often manifests in paradoxical tensions between economic, environmental, and social targets. To enable contributions to global societal challenges, companies need to develop and take advantage of new methods for dealing with tensions among interrelated and competing (sustainability) goals. Furthermore, policymakers need to understand companies’ decision-making processes and priorities to design effective interventions.

This initiative develops an understanding of companies as transformative actors. We are joined by representatives from from Buurtzorg Nederland, Neste, and Inrego aiming for environmental and social sustainability to hear about managerial dilemmas embedded in their practical realities. We invite the participants to discuss and develop solutions and approaches for resolving them. The session aims to build bridges between different perspectives (e.g., companies, policymakers, researchers) and provide practical advice for developing companies’ roles in systemic sustainability transformations.”

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Policy and governance for transformative change


Salla Ahonen
M.Sc. Salla Ahonen is a sustainability professional with more than 20 years of experience in sustainability, public affairs & innovation. She is passionate about climate, innovation, partnerships, and sustainability. As the Vice President of Sustainability at Neste, Salla’s primary focus is on realigning the sustainability focus areas of Neste and ensuring they are fully integrated to the business strategy. Recent milestones include publishing the new sustainability vision as part of the company strategy, and the approval of the climate strategy to reach carbon neutral production by 2035, which is also one of the strategic priorities of the company. To support this commitment, a roadmap has been developed, many steps already implemented, including changing the investment criteria so that they support the climate targets and linking the climate targets with executive remuneration. Before joining Neste, Salla worked as a Senior Advisor at the Brussels office of the Confederation of Finnish Industries (2015–2019), and as Director of Governmental Affairs at Microsoft (2014–2015). Prior to that Salla has held several positions at Nokia, the latest one being Director for Sustainability & Environmental Policy.”
Sebastian Holmström
Sebastian Holmström is head of sustainability at Inrego, which extends the life of IT products by buying used IT, refurbish and reselling. For 25 years, Inrego has globally led the way to increase the reuse of IT products. Their work aims to build a circular economy rather than the linear model of today, to keep within our planetary limits and pave the way for a smarter IT consumption around the world. Sebastian is an expert in the Swedish delegation for the circular economy, where he is also chairman of an expert group in recycling. He has also been named one of Sweden's most interesting young sustainability talents under 33.
Gertje van Roessel
Gertje has been working as a coach with the self managed teams at Buurtzorg in the Netherlands from the start and nowadays she is setting up and supporting the worldwide network of Buurtzorg together with the colleagues in the International team. After receiving her Bachelor’s degree in nursing, in 1983, from the University of Nijmegen, she began her career as a nurse in a psychiatric hospital in the Netherlands. She worked for years as a community nurse in the Netherlands and had several management roles in Home Healthcare organisations. Gertje completed two postgraduate degrees, the first in Healthcare Innovation and the second in Healthcare Management. When she joined Buurtzorg in 2006 she was coaching the first self managed teams of Buurtzorg. Since 2012, together with the colleagues in the International team, she is responsible for setting up the worldwide network of Buurtzorg and together with Jos de Blok she has been inspiring professionals, teams, coaches and leaders all around the world. She provides support, workshops, training and keynotes for organisations and companies around the world who have an interest in Buurtzorg, the dynamics of Teal organisations or who are in an organisational transformation.
Matti Pihlajamaa
Matti Pihlajamaa is a Senior Scientist at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland. He holds a D.Sc. (Tech.) degree in innovation management from Aalto University, Finland and an M.Soc.Sc. in economics from the University of Helsinki, Finland. He has ten years of experience in research on innovation policy and innovation management. Lately, his research has focused on sustainable innovation, public procurement of innovation, and transformative and mission-oriented innovation policies.
Mika Nieminen
Dr Mika Nieminen works as principal scientist and research team leader of Responsibility and Ethics of Innovations team at the VTT, Technical Research Centre of Finland ltd. His key areas of interest are research and innovation organizations, policy and systems. Nieminen has published extensively, including books, articles, edited volumes and research reports. He has served as journal editor, conference organizer and member of various boards. He has also participated in policy and organization evaluations and development. His current research interests cover especially systemic innovations and transformations, development of impact assessment methods, as well as responsibility and sustainability related questions.
Susanna Horn
Susanna Horn, DSc (Econ), MSc (SRM). Senior research scientist in the Center for Sustainable Consumption and Production at the Finnish Environment Institute. She is currently working in projects related to circular economy and life cycle approaches related to textiles, plastics, digital devices and digitalisation, metals, as well as ecodesign, innovation and data questions. Her main expertise is in the strategic use of life cycle methods. Prior to working in SYKE, she has worked in the metals and mining sector in sustainability and innovation positions, as well as in the university sector as a researcher and lecturer. PhD in business-related application of LCA methodologies (corporate environmental management), Master’s degrees in Economics (JYU) and Sustainable Resource Management (TUM).
Hanna Salo
Hanna Salo is a researcher at the Finnish Environment Institute and a doctoral researcher in environmental sciences at the University of Helsinki. She received her MSc degree from the University of Turku in 2019 majoring in geography. Her research and expertise consider enhancing the means of public governance to steer systemic sustainability transitions, supporting company efforts in the transitions and evaluation of sustainable development and circular economy policies. For the last four years, her work has also considered national and EU-level product policies, sustainability indicators and sustainable innovations. In addition to the research activities, she has organised and coordinated stakeholder cooperation and events with policymakers, companies, researchers, and experts in multidisciplinary and multinational projects.
Katariina Palomäki
Katariina Palomäki works as a research scientist in the Sustainable Business team at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd. She has a M.Sc. (Tech.) degree in Industrial Management and Engineering, and a BA degree in Business and Management. She has worked with business research and development projects, perspectives ranging from business networks and ecosystems to service business development and sustainable business and innovation. Her key areas of interest include sustainable, responsible business, business management and strategic decision-making.