Corporate responsibility

Social responsibility

In developing social responsibility, our goal is to continuously improve the well-being of our staff, the working conditions of the people who work in our supply chain and the safety of our products. Our key focus areas for social responsibility for the next few years are as follows:

Occupational safety and well-being at work

The development of occupational safety and wellbeing-at-work is essential for successful operations. Our work is guided by our Code of Conduct, according to which we always comply with local legislation and regulations and aim to create well-being for all of our stakeholders. We pay particular attention to human rights issues and working conditions in our supply chain.

Highly competent and motivated personnel

Committed and enthusiastic employees are a key resource for Berner Ltd.

Good management

We invest in management development through various programmes and continuous training.

Age-related management practices

Through age-related management practices, we aim to find solutions that enhance the cooperation and interaction between people of different ages. We provide training on this theme to increase the understanding of management-level staff of the significance of age in different life stages and in working life. Management practices are approached from three points of view: Berner young, Berner middle-aged and Berner senior.

Berner young

Berner employees who are 36 years old or younger are considered young employees.

Objectives of the work:

  • to increase human capital by employing young and educated staff
  • to ensure that the young professionals remain at the company
  • to develop and improve the youth management and guidance skills of managerial staff
  • to make sure that young people find Berner appealing as an employer
  • focus areas include management and competence development

Berner middle-aged

Objectives of the work:

  • to ensure well-being at work and maintain job satisfaction
  • to identify needs related to competencies and the factors that contribute to work motivation
  • focus on management and competence development as well as maintaining a healthy balance between work and free time

Berner senior

Objectives of the work:

  • Ensure coping with the demands of work, maintain good work ability and performance through systematic age management
  • When employees turn 55, they have a career discussion with their supervisor and join the senior program
  • The personalized work ability program and making a commitment to it also entitle the employee to senior leave

An attractive and inspiring workplace

Our goal is to be an interesting employer and an attractive workplace. T-Media has conducted a reputational survey to assess the public perception of Berner Ltd’s reputation since 2016. According to the results of the survey, the average perception of our employer image is fairly good. Our goal is to improve our reputation as an employer from one year to the next by developing our interaction and stakeholder engagement.

The renewal of working methods and workplace culture is a key strategic project

The relocation and the new office represent one step in a broader project aimed at the renewal of Berner’s workplace culture. We began the development of working methods in collaboration with our personnel well before the actual move. We used workshops and interviews to define new common practices for how we work. For example, we revised the company’s remote working practices and decided on the principles governing mobile work and the use of our office premises.

Training and instructions for performing and managing mobile work were provided throughout the course of the change project. The success of the development efforts has been monitored and measured after the relocation, and survey results indicate that the new practices have been very enthusiastically received by employees.

New Berner Inno training launched

In autumn 2017, we joined forces with the Helsinki Apprenticeship Office and the training service provider Verutum to organize innovation training geared towards a specialist qualification in service and product development. The focus of the training program was on the creation of new business opportunities, commercialization and process development. The training focuses on customer-driven product and service design methods and the development of new service models. The selection of trainees was based on an open application procedure, with 20 enthusiastic Berner employees selected for the program. The training will be completed in early 2019.

Berner Ltd as an employer in 2017

Average number of personnel 2017

383
95%

Employment relationships valid until further notice

31

New employment relationships total

6%

Departure turnover rate of personnel

New employment relationships

Number of new employment relationships valid until further notice

20

New fixed-term employment relationships

11

Part-time work

Part-time pension

4

Part-time child care leave

9

Other part-time work

5

Age of retirement

64 y

Age distribution

Years
16 – 24
0,58 %
25 – 39
30,06 %
40 – 49
28,90 %
50 – 59
30,06 %
60 +
10,40 %

Gender distribution


 % 
Female53
Male47

Years of service


Years% 
< 15,49
1-529,77
6-1019,36
11-1513,87
16+31,50

Partnerships and sponsorships

Berner Ltd engages in long-term cooperation with selected partners and strives to be an active and responsible member of society.

Each year, we cooperate with a variety of projects and associations. Supporting the well-being of children and young people is particularly important for us. In 2017, we supported the Fuel for Life program of Save the Children Finland by donating EUR 30,000. The program supports the school attendance and hobbies of children at risk of social exclusion. The program’s support is directed at children whose opportunities to remain in school or participate in leisure activities is jeopardized due to their family having limited means or other social problems.

Supporting health and sports

We have supported Finland’s Veterans’ Federation and Mannerheim Cross of Liberty bearers for several years. We work with the Finnish Heart Association to increase awareness of the prevention of cardiovascular diseases. We are a supporting member of the Finnish Pain Association.

We have also provided extensive support to sports through partnerships with the Finnish Tennis Federation, Finnish Bandy Federation, Finnish Gymnastics Federation and the Finnish Floorball League. We also support the events organized by the Finnish Handicapped Sports and Exercise Association VAU.

Our brands are also active in providing support in areas including children’s health and youth employment. We participate in numerous events by donating products.

Our Baltic Sea commitment to the BSAG

We participate in environmental conservation efforts in various ways, including product innovations that benefit the Baltic Sea and by making donations. Our Baltic Sea friendly GreenCare Ympäristön Ystävä garden fertilizer was developed in cooperation with Soilfood, the Baltic Sea Action Group and the S Group. To support protection of the Baltic Sea, for every Ympäristön Ystävä product sold 50 cents will be donated to the Baltic Sea Action Group. Berner Ltd also remains committed to studying and developing the possibilities for recycling nutrients more extensively, both in home gardening and in the agriculture sector.