Activities in organisations

K Group is a major international and local operator, and its activities have wide-reaching impacts on society. We actively take part in the activities of national and international business and trading sector organisations. We want to participate in societal discussion and promote sustainable business and the development and wider adoption of best practices.

The most significant Finnish trading sector organisations with a Kesko representative in a position of trust are the Finnish Commerce Federation, Confederation of Finnish Industries (EK), and Finnish Grocery Trade Association. The main international trading sector organisations are EuroCommerce and Independent Retail Europe (IRE). In 2019, Kesko paid as membership fees to these organisations: €560,000 to Finnish Commerce Federation (incl. EK membership fee); €406,000 to Finnish Grocery Trade Association; €38,000 to EuroCommerce; and €69,000 to Independent Retail Europe (IRE).

The Corporate Management Board's major positions of trust as a whole are listed in the Administration and Management section.

International organisations

AMS Sourcing B.V.

- Advisory Board: Vice President Harri Hovi, Kesko's grocery trade

- Operational Advisory Board: Director, Sales and Own Brands Tuuli Luoma, Kesko Corporation

Amfori

-Project Group Social issues the food industry, Director, Sales and Own Brands  Tuuli Luoma, Kesko's grocery trade

-Project Group Environmental issues in the food and beverage sector, Director, Sales and Own Brands Tuuli Luoma, Kesko's grocery trade

-Project Group Amfori BSCI Audit Integrity Programme, Sustainability Manager Sohvi Vähämaa, Kesko Corporation

-Member of amfori Network Committee Finland, Sustainability Manager Sohvi Vähämaa, Kesko Corporation

EuroCommerce

Kesko is a company member

European DIY Retail Association, EDRA

- Board: Jorma Rauhala, President, building and technical trade, Kesko Corporation

GlobalG.A.P.

Technical committee: Concept specialist Taru Spring, Kesko Corporation

Independent Retail Europe IRE

- Board: Senior Vice President, Group General Counsel Lasse Luukkainen, Kesko Corporation

IGS (ICA Global Sourcing)

- Advisory Board: Vice President Harri Hovi and Purchasing and Sales Director Hannele Åberg, Kesko's grocery trade, Commerce

Plan

-Board: Vice President, Public affairs Eeva Salmenpohja, Kesko Oyj

WIM (Wholesalers of Installation Materials)

- General Assembly: Product Line Director Jani Kakko, Kesko’s building and technical trade

Trade organisations

Confederation of Finnish Industries EK

- Board: President and CEO Mikko Helander, Kesko Corporation (Deputy Chair)

- Finance and Taxation Committee: Executive Vice President, CFO Jukka Erlund, Kesko Corporation

- Legal Affairs Committee: Group General Counsel Lasse Luukkainen, Kesko Corporation

- Logistics Committee: Vice President, GT Supply Chain Management and Logistics Jyrki Tomminen, Kesko’s grocery trade

- AVA-institute: Development Director Minna Leino, Kesko Corporation

Federation of Finnish Commerce

- Board: President and CEO Mikko Helander, Kesko Corporation 

- Community Planning Committee: District Director of Western Finland Jari Alanen, Kesko Corporation

- Environmental Committee: Sustainability Director Timo Jäske, Kesko's grocery trade (Chair)

- Payment Committee: Group Treasurer Heikki Ala-Seppälä, Kesko Corporation (Chair)

- Tax and Economic Policy Committee: Executive Vice President, CFO Jukka Erlund, Kesko Corporation (Chair)

- Trade Policy Committee: Director, Sales and Own Brands Tuuli Luoma, Kesko Corporation

- Chemicals: Product Quality Manager Kristina Laurila, Kesko Corporation

- Training: Senior Manager Minna Lähteenmäki, Kesko Corporation

- Consumer Affairs: Corporate Counsel Karri Puustinen, Kesko Corporation (Chair)

- Security: Head of Corporate Security Petri Käyhkö, Kesko Corporation

- Employment: Vice President, Employee Relations, Petteri Huovinen, Kesko Corporation

- Corporate Responsibility: Vice President, Corporate Responsibility Matti Kalervo, Kesko Corporation

- Communications: Director, K Content & Publicity Paula Niemistö, Kesko Corporation

- Energy Efficiency Agreements: Building Services Manager Antti Kokkonen, Kesko Corporation

- Legal Affairs Committee: Group General Counsel Lasse Luukkainen, Kesko Corporation

Palpa (Suomen Palautuspakkaus Oy)

-Board: Director, purchasing and sales Aki Erkkilä, Kesko’s grocery trade (Chair), Sustainability Director Timo Jäske, Kesko's grocery trade (deputy)

- Committee: Supply Chain Director Antti Lähde, Kesko’s grocery trade

Finnish Grocery Trade Association

- Board: President Ari Akseli, Kesko's grocery trade (Chair)

- Retail Group: Vice President Harri Hovi, Kesko's grocery trade

- Local Store Services: Director Operative Teemu Naumanen, Kesko Corporation

- Foodservice Wholesale Group: Managing Director Mika Halmesmäki, Kespro Ltd

- Self-monitoring Group: Service Manager Marita Hätönen, Kesko Corporation

- Product Safety Group: Product Research Manager Timo Kivi, Kesko Corporation

- Communications Group: Vice President, Communications Jaana Huttunen, Kesko Corporation

- Resource Efficiency Group: Sustainability Director Timo Jäske, Kesko's grocery trade (Chair)

-Other committees: a representative in all

Finnish Electrotechnical Trade Association (STK)

- Board: Managing director, Martti Forss, Kesko Building and Technical trade (Chair)

- Communications Group: Jessica Diktonius, Communications Director, Technical contractors, Kesko’s building and technical trade

Finnish HVAC Technical Traders’ Association

- Board: Managing Director Martti Forss, Kesko Building and Technical trade (vice-chair)

- Refrigeration Technology group: Sales Director Ilkka Viita, Kesko Building and Technical trade

Yleinen teollisuusliitto (YTL)

- Advisory Board of Logistics Customers: Production Director Jarmo Nikupeteri, Kesko's grocery trade

Universities

JAMK University of Applied Sciences, Business Administration

- Advisory Board: District Director of Eastern Finland Jari Alanen, Kesko Corporation

Jyväskylä Summer University

- Board: District Director of Western Finland Jari Alanen, Kesko Corporation

Tampere University of Applied Sciences

- Board: District Director of Western Finland Jari Alanen, Kesko Corporation (vice-chair)

Tampere University of Technology

- Board of the Support Foundation: District Director of Western Finland Jari Alanen, Kesko Corporation

Turku School of Economics

- Board of the Support Foundation: District Director of South-Western Finland Lauri Inna, Kesko Corporation

3 AMK

- Haaga-Helia, Laurea ja Metropolia (3AMK) Advisory Board: VP Employee Relations Petteri Huovinen, Kesko Corporation

Chambers of Commerce

Finland Chamber of Commerce 

- Board: President and CEO Mikko Helander

- Traffic Committee: Supply Chain Management and Logistics Director  Mika Salmijärvi, Kesko Building and Technical trade

- Logistics Committee: Supply Chain Management and Logistics Director  Mika Salmijärvi, Kesko Building and Technical trade

-E-commerce Committee: Corporate Counsel Karri Puustinen, Kesko Corporation

Helsinki Region Chamber of Commerce

- Board of the Central Uusimaa Chamber of Commerce unit: Chain Manager Harri Ojala, Kesko’s grocery trade

- Foresight Committee: Senior Manager Minna Lähteenmäki, Kesko Corporation

- District Board of Espoo: President Jussi Mikkola, Intersport Finland

- ICT Committee: Vice President, CIO Arto Hiltunen, Kesko Corporation

- Port and Logistics Committee: Vice President, GT Supply Chain Management and Logistics, Jyrki Tomminen, Kesko’s grocery trade

- Education and Workforce Committee: Vice President Human Resources Ari Svensk, Kesko Corporation

- Store & Services Committee: Vice President Ari Sääksmäki, Kesko's grocery trade

- Corporate Security Committee: Head of Corporate Security Petri Käyhkö, Kesko Corporation

Kuopio Region Chamber of Commerce

- Board: District Director of Eastern Finland Jari Kuosmanen, Kesko Corporation

North Karelia Chamber of Commerce

- Committee of Trade, Services and Tourism: District Director of Eastern Finland Jari Kuosmanen, Kesko Corporation

Oulu Chamber of Commerce

- Board: District Director of Western Finland Jari Alanen, Kesko Corporation

- Kauppa- ja matkailuvaliokunta: District Director Osmo Pyhtinen, Kespro

Southern Ostrobothnia Chamber of Commerce

- Business Committee: District Director of Western Finland Jari Alanen, Kesko Corporation

South Savo Chamber of Commerce

- Board: District Director of Eastern Finland Jari Kuosmanen, Kesko Corporation

Turku Chamber of Commerce

- Board: District Director of South-Western Finland Olli Setänen, Kesko Corporation

Ostrobothnia Chamber of Commerce (Vaasa)

-Board: District Director of Western Finland Jari Alanen, Kesko Corporation

Central Finland Chamber of Commerce

- Committee: District Director of Western Finland Jari Alanen, Kesko Corporation

Häme Chamber of Commerce

- Committee: District Director Tommi Nuutinen, Kespro

South Karelia Chamber of Commerce

-Board: District Director of Eastern Finland Jari Kuosmanen, Kesko Corporation

Other organisations and groups

EKK ry (Elävät Kaupunkikeskustat ry)

- Board: District Director of Southwestern Finland Lauri Inna, Kesko Corporation

The Electrical Contractors´ Association of Finland STUL

- Board member, Chair of the Tele Group: Timo Nikulainen, Sales Director, Electrical, Kesko’s Building and Technical Trade

Finnish Business and Policy Forum EVA

- Member: President and CEO Mikko Helander, Kesko Corporation

Finnish Packaging Association

- Board: Sustainability Director Timo Jäske, Kesko's grocery trade

Finnish Quality Association

- Advisory Board: Hannu Pekuri, Development and Quality Manager, Kesko’s building and technical trade

GBC Finland 

-Low Carbon Construction Committee: Building Services Manager Antti Kokkonen, Kesko Corporation

-Carbon Neutral Buildings Committee: Manager, Building Services Jari Pihlajamaa, Kesko Corporation

The Finnish Association of People with Physical Disabilities

Sopiva työ kaikille: Vice President, Employee Relations, Petteri Huovinen

Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry

- Salmon and sea trout strategy monitoring group: Vice President, Corporate Responsibility Matti Kalervo, Kesko Corporation

- ELV food hygiene group: Vice President, Corporate Responsibility Matti Kalervo, Kesko Corporation

- Farm Animal Welfare Council: Vice President, Corporate Responsibility, Matti Kalervo, Kesko Corporation

The Finnish Hospitality Association MaRa

- Member: Mikko Paukkonen, Vice President at Neste K Service Station Stores, Kesko Corporation

Pro Luomu ry

- Board: Vice President Harri Hovi, Kesko's grocery trade, Sales and Purchasing Director Janne Vuorinen, Kesko’s grocery trade (deputy member)

- Communications Group: Communications Manager Minttu Tirkkonen, Kesko Corporation

RAKLI The Finnish Association of Building Owners and Construction Clients

- Board: Vice President Juhani Rontu, Kesko's grocery trade (deputy Chair)

- Investment Committee: Vice President, M&A, Jarkko Karjalainen, Kesko Corporation

RaSi ry (Finnish Hardware Association, DIY)

- Board: Product Line Director Harri Karumo and Senior Vice President, Commerce and SCM Petteri Niemi (deputy member), Kesko's building and technical trade

Ruokatieto Yhdistys ry

-Board: Vice President Harri Hovi, Kesko’s grocery trade

Suomen ElFi Oy

- Board: Building Services Manager Antti Kokkonen, Kesko’s grocery trade

Suomen Kuitukierrätys Oy

- Board: Sustainability Director Timo Jäske, Kesko's grocery trade

Tekstiili- ja muotialat TMA ry

- Board: Managing Director Jussi Mikkola, Intersport Finland Oy, Purchasing and Sales Director Hannele Åberg, Kesko’s grocery trade

Fashion and Sports Commerce association

-Board: President of Intersport Finland, Jussi Mikkola, Purchasing and Sales Director Hannele Åberg, Kesko's grocery trade

-Working committee: Purchasing and Sales Director Hannele Åberg, Kesko's grocery trade

The Association for Finnish Work

- Board: President Ari Akseli, Kesko's grocery trade

National Emergency Supply Agency

-Trade and Distribution Committee: GT Supply Chain Management and Logistics Jyrki Tomminen, Kesko’s grocery trade

-Maakuljetuspooli: Supply Chain Management and Logistics Director, Mika Salmijärvi, Kesko’s building and technical trade

Talteka
-Board: Director Heating, Plumbing and Air Conditioning Sakari Manninen, Kesko's building and technical trade (vice-chair)

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