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Sustainability and responsibility

Responsibility and ethics are the cross-cutting cornerstones of our University

We produce new information and educates future experts and conscious citizens. We are building a culture in which the principles of sustainable development are realized in our education, research and interaction with various stakeholders in society. Our campus aims for carbon neutrality by 2030.

Aiming for a modern, appealing and carbon neutral campus

We want to be a pioneer and strengthen the vitality of the region and Vaasa's reputation as a university city. In 2019, a large-scale campus development project was launched. The goal of the campus development project is to build a vibrant and attractive meeting place on our university campus in accordance with the principles of sustainable development.

The first phase focuses on the renovation of buildings and premises, but change is always accompanied by the development and change of operating methods. 

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We have a common goal in the region: combating climate change

We are situated at the centre of an international knowledge cluster in the environment and energy sector, EnergyVaasa. This provides our University with excellent opportunities to operate actively in international innovation ecosystems. The surrounding ecosystem comprises global RDI-intensive companies, universities, as well as public and third sector organisations - all with the common goal of sustainable development and combating climate change. VEBIC, the university's research platform that focuses on efficient energy production, energy business and development of a sustainable society, has a major role in this.

We are promoting UN's Sustainable Development Goals

Humanity faces formidable challenges as a consequence of its own actions. Global crises such as climate change, biodiversity loss, and social inequality require both local and global solutions. We are also developing solutions at the University of Vaasa. Particularly, our research and education contribute to the following United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):

Code of Conduct

The purpose of the Code of Conduct of the University of Vaasa is to clarify what it means to act in accordance with our values: courage, community and responsibility. We want to nurture the university as a responsible and ethical community. Furthermore, we want to ensure an internationally high level of research, education and teaching in accordance with ethical principles and good scientific practice.

The Code of Conduct applies to all members of the university community – teachers, researchers and other employees, as well as students and board members – regardless of their position or role in the organisation. We also expect our partners to comply with the Code of Conduct.


Universities play a key role in combatting and solving climate change

As a result of its own actions, humanity is facing enormous challenges. Declining biodiversity, increasing inequality and climate change are global changes that require action both locally and worldwide. Universities play a key role in combatting and solving climate change and other crises, creating the required expertise and fostering a safe and stable society.

The time for rhetoric is over. We need to move from words to action.

Read Unifi's theses on sustainable development and responsibility

The University of Vaasa is a signatory to the Principles for Responsible Management Education

PRME engages universities and business schools to ensure they provide future leaders with the skills needed to balance economic and sustainability goals, while drawing attention to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and aligning academic institutions with the work of the UN Global Compact.

By joining PRME, our University has made a powerful commitment to advancing values such as sustainability, responsibility, and ethics in teaching, research and leadership. Over 800 higher education institutions from about a hundred countries belong to the PRME community.

To learn more about the PRME community please visit:

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The University of Vaasa is committed to working towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

The SDG Accord is a global network of universities, research institutes, and educational institutions dedicated to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. It intends to increase education’s role in attaining the SDGs. Universities and colleges all across the globe wish to collaborate to emphasise the significance of the SDGs for governments, industries, and society.

The University of Vaasa signed the SDG Accord and became a member of the network in 2021.

Members of the SDG Accord pledge to working towards the SDGs, reporting on their progress yearly, and sharing what they learn with others. The outcomes are presented to the UN high-level political forum on an annual basis.

The SDG Accord’s Annual Report 2023 includes a research case study from the University of Vaasa (p. 17).

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Scopus publications from the University of Vaasa and the SDGs

The University of Vaasa is dedicated to advancing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), prioritizing those that align with our expertise and hold the greatest potential for positive societal impact. Our specific goals are SDGs 7, 8, 9, 11, 12, and 16. The table below displays the number of publications linked to the selected SDGs, as retrieved from the Scopus database. The SciVal analysis suggests that SDG 13 (climate action) is likewise highly related to our research efforts.

UN Sustainable Development GoalsScholarly OutputField-Weighted Citation ImpactInternational Collaboration
SDG 7: Affordable and Clean Energy1012882.952.4781226
SDG 8: Decent Word and Economic Growth36893.402.482558
SDG 9: Industry Innovation and Infrastructure571562.282.3141110
SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities18421.582.131428
SDG 12: Responsible Consumption and Production22652.282.251543
SDG 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions7181.011.60412
SDG 13: Climate Action31784.252.582554

Contact person

Director of sustainability and ethics Tommi Lehtonen

Tommi Lehtonen

Tommi Lehtonen

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