Finnish Finance Nature Summit – Helsinki, 20 November 2023

Financial actors are key players in halting biodiversity loss, which requires redirecting investment towards activities that strengthen the nature. On the 20th of November in Helsinki, the Finnish Finance Nature Summit brings together high-level international speakers and Finnish financial sector leaders to discuss how to integrate biodiversity into the heart of financial decision-making.

Global biodiversity loss is not only a critical risk to the future health of society, but also to the performance and resilience of financial assets and economies. Our health, welfare and economies depend on nature. For business, this means that nature is no longer a corporate social responsibility issue, but a core and strategic risk management issue. At the same time, there is growing opportunity for nature-positive business activities.

Today, most global financial flows go towards activities that harm nature rather than strengthen it. Therefore financial actors are key players in halting biodiversity loss.

Organised for the first time this November, the Finnish Finance Nature Summit is a high-level forum that aims to mobilise the Nordic finance community towards becoming nature positive. Attendance is by personal invitation.

The event is organised by the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra, Finance Finland and Confederation of Finnish Industries in collaboration with Kari & Pantsar Co.

Keynote speakers

  • Eila Kreivi, Chief Sustainable Finance Advisor at the European Investment Bank
  • Emily McKenzie, Technical Director of the Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures (TNFD)
  • Marc Reinke, Head of Sustainable Finance at De Nederlandsche Bank
  • Jennifer Wu, Global Head of Sustainable Investing at J.P. Morgan


Honorary speakers

  • Kai Mykkänen, Minister of Climate and the Environment
  • Marja Nykänen, Acting Governonr, Bank of Finland
  • Petteri Orpo, Prime Minister of Finland



  • Carl Haglund, CEO, Veritas Pension Insurance Company
  • Katja Keitaanniemi, CEO, OP Corporate Bank
  • Juha Koponen, President and CEO, LocalTapiola Group
  • Miapetra Kumpula-Natri, MEP
  • Sara Mella, Head of Personal Banking, Nordea
  • Ville Niinistö, MEP
  • Sirpa Pietikäinen, MEP
  • Anne-Maria Salonius, Head of Finland Division, Ålandsbanken


Summit organisers

  • Arno Ahosniemi, CEO, Finance Finland
  • Jyri Häkämies, Director General, Confederation of Finnish Industries
  • Atte Jääskeläinen, President, Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra

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