Sustainability and social responsibility are present in all activities at Arcada: in our education, research, organisational culture and on campus. At Arcada, we have a broad perspective on sustainablity - both economic, cultural and social sustainability is something we see as crucial for the future.
A strategic choice at Arcada
Working for sustainable development has been a strategic choice for Arcada since the beginning of the 2000's. It has been an important part of our social responsibility and a central part of the quality and development work.
We apply UNESCO's Education for Sustainable Development: innovative study methods and examination methods that encourage the student to include an interdisciplinary, holistic and critical approach in their studies. Our ambition is that our students and employees have the ability and willingness to work for sustainability, both locally and globally.
Arcada increases the ecological handprint
Arcada welcomes the joint program of sustainability and responsibility of the Finnish universities of applied sciences, and strives to be carbon neutral by 2030. The focus is also on increasing the ecological handprint, not just minimising the ecological footprint. Read more about sustainable solutions and measures here.
A green campus
A concrete result of Arcada's work for a sustainable campus is WWF's Green Office certification, which we were granted as early as 2011. The Green Office certificate was renewed in July 2020, and we continue to work for increased eco-efficiency with annual follow-up. Our goal is to reduce our electricity, heat, water and paper consumption.
Green Office is a concrete environmental program with the goal of reducing carbon dioxide emissions and reducing the ecological footprint of companies or offices with improved eco-efficiency as a goal. Green Office-certified organisations and their employees are committed to continuously do their best to improve the environment and reach these goals.
- For almost four years now, the solar panels on Arcada's roofs have produced energy that corresponds to approximately 10 percent of the annual energy consumption. Arcada's building and location are optimal for solar panels on roofs as there are no houses or trees that cast shadows. Everyone who visits Arcada can follow the energy production illustrated with infographics on large information boards. See our solar energy here: http://carlton.arcada.fi/solaredge/
Gender equality and equal treatment at Arcada
The gender equality and equal treatment work at Arcada is based on our stated values of a respectful business culture and inclusive business environment. This work is concretised in a plan for gender equality and equal treatment that is regularly followed up by Arcada's occupational safety commission, management group and in dialogue with the students. The current plan is in force in 2019–2021, and in 2021 we are renewing the plan.
Arcada educates for working life and society on a broad front. How we work with our students and how we look at issues of equality therefore have effects even outside Arcada. Arcada's activities are based on gender equality and the pursuit of ethnic and social diversity. This means, among other things, that we see that everyone, regardless of gender, should have the same opportunities, rights and obligations in all areas of life. This means an even distribution of workload and influence as well as the same opportunities for education, work, career and personal development. This applies to both students and employees.
The management at Arcada is committed to acting in accordance with these values and the work for equal treatment permeates the entire university's activities.