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In accordance with Luke’s strategy, we use research to create wellbeing and a sustainable future from renewable natural resources. Our research produces value and solutions to our customers and society. We develop our operations and operating models continuously and monitor the quality, responsibility and ethics of our operations.

In all research activities and official duties and as a statistical authority, Luke acts impartially, independently, honestly and responsibly, observing high ethical standards of science. Our activities promote responsibility and the balanced realisation of the different dimensions of sustainability in society.

Luke has identified the five UN Sustainable Development Goals that are most relevant for itself and furthers the achievement of these goals with its research results and other activities. We are committed to following the progress in our selected goals until the end of the current strategy period, 2025.

Luke has identified the five UN Sustainable Development Goals that are most relevant for itself: Zero hunger; Responsible consumption and production; Climate action; Life below water; and Life on land.

Principle of responsibility

Luke’s Code of Conduct lies at the core of all of our responsible action and outlines the ethical principles according to which we work. The responsible conduct of Luke’s research has been ensured with a commitment to the ethical guidelines of the Finnish National Board on Research Integrity (TENK).

Luke’s research ethics committee supports Luke’s management in ethical issues, while its ethical committee on empirical research related to natural resources reviews the implementation of research conducted in natural environments and utilising empirical material based on, e.g., the EU’s ‘do no significant harm’ (DNSH) principle. Both committees were established on 1 January 2022.

Luke’s goal is to build an international, diverse, multi-disciplinary, equal and non-discriminating workplace community. Luke’s equality plan supports the fulfilment of these goals and the obligations set out in legislation on equality and non-discrimination.

Luke's responsibility goals




Research responsibility

Responsible and ethical research

  • In 2021, we decided on the establishment of a new research ethics committee and an ethical committee on empirical research related to natural resources.
  • We promote responsible science at Luke through training and communication. We will also update our Code of Conduct and other guidelines.
  • During 2022, we will prepare policies based on the EU’s DNSH principle for Luke’s long-term test operations in research forests.

We will use our research to support the achievement of our selected UN Sustainable Development Goals.

  • Every year, we will publish 1) eight synthesis reports integrating our research results and 2) eight policy recommendations for decision-making bodies.
  • Our annual research publications will support all five of our selected UN Sustainable Development Goals. We will measure our progress by monitoring the number of research publications per goal.

Environmental responsibility

Luke’s own environmental programme

  • In 2022, we will adopt Luke’s environmental programme concerning research environments.
  • In 2022, we will also set a target for reducing the carbon footprint of our research infrastructures and develop the calculation of Luke’s overall carbon footprint.

Social responsibility

Wellbeing at work

  • In 2021, we started a wellbeing-at-work programme.
  • We will keep our personnel survey’s job satisfaction and supervisor indices at a good level.

An attractive workplace

  • We will remain one of the most popular workplaces in the field of natural resources.

Economic responsibility

Our financial steering is responsible and proactive

  • We will use various measures to ensure that Luke’s finances remain balanced, and we will meet customer expectations.
  • Customer satisfaction will remain at a good level.
  • Our funding and expenditure will remain in balance; we will successfully increase external funding’s proportion of our total expenditure.

A Luke that supports regional wellbeing

  • Luke will employ people across Finland.
  • Luke will produce regional wellbeing by participating in regional projects (measured by the number of regional projects).