Finance Finland and its members
have made commitments
to promote sustainable development
The financial sector’s four commitments to sustainable development:
- Accounting automation improves the efficiency of accounting systems by making use of the structured data in e-invoices, account statements and card receipts.
- Electronic method that combines the processes of vehicle insurance and registration. The simplified method reduces manual work and cuts the carbon footprint of registration.
- The digitalisation of health records reduces carbon footprints, improves customer equality, and increases resource efficiency.
- The reporting framework based on a set of climate indicators enables companies to monitor their own climate work measures while also making them more transparent.
Automation of structured data, development of e-receipt (2015–2020)
Regardless of company size, automation cuts the climate impact of accounting by 80–90%. E-invoicing reduced CO2e emissions by 70 million kilograms in just three years. Commitment made with the Association of Finnish Accounting Firms and accountancy firm Leppävaaran Laskenta.
Combining electronic vehicle insurance and registration (2015–2018)
Carbon footrpint reduced by 47% during the monitoring period. This amount equals a drive of 18 million kilometres in a car. Customers switching to electronic services is the most significant change in terms of climate impact. Commitment made with the Finnish Motor Insurers’ Centre (LVK) and the Finnish Transport Safety Agency Trafi.
Electronic health records (2017–2020)
Calculating the carbon footprint impact of switching to electronic services, and assessing how faster information exchange improves services. Target is to increase proportion of electronic medical certificates from below 1% to above 50%. This would mean 115,000 less document bundles digitised per year. Commitment made with the Finnish Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, the Social Insurance Institution Kela and the Finnish Transport Safety Agency Trafi.
Supporting actions to limit global warming to 1.5°C (2018–2022)
Climate change indicators prepared for the sector’s reporting. According to a member survey, 95% of FFI member companies to respond to the survey had integrated climate considerations in their investment operations. Nearly 90% had also integrated climate considerations in their business operations (lending, funds, payments, insurance).
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