Activities in organisations

Kesko has representatives in several national and international organisations. Major representations are listed in the following.

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

 

International organisations

Independent Retail Europe, union of groups of independent retailers in Europe
- Board: Senior Vice President, Group General Counsel Anne Leppälä-Nilsson, Kesko Corporation

EuroCommerce, The Retail, Wholesale and International Trade Representation to the EU
- Board and Steering Committee: Senior Vice President, Group General Counsel Anne Leppälä-Nilsson, Kesko Corporation

European Commission’s High Level Group on Retail Competitiveness
- member: Senior Vice President, Group General Counsel Anne Leppälä-Nilsson, Kesko Corporation

BSCI (Business Social Compliance Initiative)
- Food and Primary Production Working Group: Product Group Manager Tuuli Luoma, Kesko Food Ltd

AMS Sourcing B.V.
- Advisory Board: Vice President Ari Akseli, Kesko Food Ltd

IGS (ICA Global Sourcing)
- Advisory Board: Vice President Ari Akseli, Kesko Food Ltd

Finnish central organisations

Confederation of Finnish Industries EK
- Board: President and CEO Mikko Helander, Kesko Corporation (Deputy Chair)
- Finance and Taxation Committee: Senior Vice President, CFO Jukka Erlund, Kesko Corporation
- Legal Affairs Committee: Senior Vice President, Group General Counsel Anne Leppälä-Nilsson, Kesko Corporation
- Logistics Committee: Managing Director Mika Salmijärvi, Keslog Ltd
- Finance Group: Group Treasurer Heikki Ala-Seppälä, Kesko Corporation
- Sustainable Business Development Group: Vice President, Corporate Responsibility Matti Kalervo, Kesko Corporation


Federation of Finnish Commerce
- Board: President and CEO Mikko Helander
- Legal Committee: Senior Vice President, Group General Counsel Anne Leppälä-Nilsson (Chair)
- Tax and Economic Policy Committee: Senior Vice President, CFO Jukka Erlund, Kesko Corporation (Chair)
- Community Planning Committee: District Director of Western Finland Jari Alanen, Kesko Corporation
- Environmental Committee:  Sustainability Manager Timo Jäske, Kesko Food Ltd (Chair)
- Trade Policy Committee: Purchase Director Sirpa Koppinen-Lindström, Kesko Food Ltd
- Communications Committee: Vice President, Group Communications Merja Haverinen, Kesko Corporation
- Research Committee: Senior Vice President Matti Mettälä, Human Resources, Kesko Corporation
- Russian Commerce Group: Vice President Mikko Pasanen, Rautakesko Ltd
- Payment Committee: Group Treasurer Heikki Ala-Seppälä, Kesko Corporation (Chair)


Universities

University of Jyväskylä
- Board of the University Foundation: District Director of Eastern Finland Jari Kuosmanen, Kesko Corporation

University of Tampere, School of Management
- School 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

Turku School of Economics
- Board of the Support Foundation: District Director of South-Western Finland Olli Setänen, Kesko Corporation

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

 

Other organisations and groups

GBC Finland 
- Board: Construction and Maintenance Director Jukka Anttila, Kesko Food Ltd
- Real Estate Maintenance Committee: Technical Building Services Manager Jari Suuronen, Kesko Food Ltd
- Energy Committee: Technical Building Services Manager Jari Suuronen, Kesko Food Ltd

GS1 Finland
- Board: Vice President Petteri Niemi, Kesko Food Ltd

East Office of Finnish Industries Oy
- Board: President and CEO Mikko Helander, Kesko Corporation

ICC Finland - the Finnish Section of the International Chamber of Commerce in Finland
- Board: Senior Vice President, Group General Counsel Anne Leppälä-Nilsson, Kesko Corporation

Securities Market Association:
- The Corporate Governance Code working group: Senior Vice President, Group General Counsel Anne Leppälä-Nilsson, Kesko Corporation

Finnish Business and Policy Forum EVA
- member: President and CEO Mikko Helander, Kesko Corporation

Tekstiili- ja muotialat TMA ry
- Board: President Jussi Mikkola, Intersport Finland Oy

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

Helsinki Region Chamber of Commerce
- Delegation: Senior Vice President, Group General Counsel Anne Leppälä-Nilsson, Kesko Corporation
- Board of the Itä-Uusimaa Chamber of Commerce unit: Vice President Antti Ollila, Rautakesko Oy
- District Regional Committe of Central Uusimaa Chamber of Commerce unit: District Director of Southern Finland Timo Heikkilä, Kesko Corporation
- District Board of Espoo: President Jussi Mikkola, Intersport Finland
- District Board of Vantaa: District Director of Greater Helsinki Area Antti Palomäki, Kesko Corporation
- ICT Committee: Vice President, CIO Arto Hiltunen, Kesko Corporation

Central Finland Chamber of Commerce 
- Service and Regional Structure Committee: District Director of Western Finland Jari Alanen, Kesko Corporation

Kuopio Region Chamber of Commerce
- Board: District Director of Eastern Finland Jari Kuosmanen, Kesko Corporation

Central Uusimaa Chamber of Commerce
- Board: District Director of Southern Finland Timo Heikkilä, Kesko Corporation

Tampere Chamber of Commerce
- Board: District Director of Western Finland Jari Alanen, Kesko Corporation (Chair)

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

Oulu Chamber of Commerce
- Board and Committee: Sales Director Osmo Pyhtinen, Kespro Ltd

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

The Association for Finnish Work
- Board: Vice President Ari Akseli, Ruokakesko Ltd

Finnish Grocery Trade Association
- Board: President Jorma Rauhala, Kesko Food Ltd (Chair) and Sales Director Ari Sääksmäki, Kesko Food Ltd
- Retail Group: Vice President Petteri Niemi, Kesko Food Ltd 
- HoReCa Wholesale Group: Managing Director Mika Halmesmäki, Kespro Oy
- Self-monitoring Group: Development Manager Gunnar Weckman, Kesko Food Ltd
- Product Safety Group: Product Research Manager Heta Rautpalo, Kesko Food Ltd
- Communications Group: Communications Officer Minttu Tirkkonen, Kesko Food Ltd
- Resource Efficiency Group: Sustainability Manager Timo Jäske, Kesko Food Ltd
- other committees: a representative in all

Pro Luomu ry
- Board: Purchasing Director Ari Sääksmäki, Kesko Food Ltd
- Communications Group: Communications Officer Minttu Tirkkonen, Kesko Food Ltd

Ruokatieto Yhdistys ry
- Board: Vice President Ari Akseli, Kesko Food Ltd (Deputy Chair)

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

Finnish Standards Association SFS
- Monitoring group SF/SR 214 for sustainable and traceable cocoa: Vice President, Corporate Responsibility Matti Kalervo, Kesko Corporation

Finnish-Russian Chamber of Commerce (FRCC)
- Board: Senior Vice President, Group General Counsel Anne Leppälä-Nilsson, Kesko Corporation (Vice Chair)

4H Foundation
- Supervisory Board: Vice President, Group Communications Merja Haverinen, Kesko Corporation

Suomen ElFi Oy
- Board: Jari Suuronen, Technical Building Services Manager, Kesko Food Ltd

EKK ry (Elävät Kaupunkikeskustat ry)
- Board: District Director of Western Finland Jari Alanen, Kesko Corporation

Finnish Packaging Association
- Board: Sustainability Manager Timo Jäske, Kesko Food Ltd
- Packaging Committee of Groceries: Planning Manager Henri Huhtala, Kesko Food Ltd

Suomen Palautuspakkaus Oy
- Board: Vice President Ari Akseli, Kesko Food Ltd and Sustainability Manager Timo Jäske, Kesko Food Ltd

RAKLI The Finnish Association of Building Owners and Construction Clients
- Board: Country Director, Vice President Kari Heiskanen, Kesko Food Ltd (deputy member)


Suomen Kuitukierrätys Oy
- Co-operation Group: Sustainability Manager Timo Jäske, Kesko Food Ltd

RaSi ry (Finnish Hardware Association, DIY)
- Board: Vice President Jani Karotie, Rautakesko Ltd and Vice President Timo Pesonen, Rautakesko Ltd (deputy member) 

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