Key targets and achievements

On this page, we present key targets and achievements of economic responsibility, social responsibility and environmental responsibility. Further results of our responsibility work are available in Kesko’s Annual Report.

Economic responsibility - targets and achievements


Kesko's operations generate economic benefits for shareholders, personnel, retailers, suppliers and service providers and their employees, customers, as well as municipalities and states.

Kesko is a significant taxpayer: in addition to paying income and real estate taxes, Kesko collects, reports and remits indirect taxes, such as value added taxes and excise duties.

K Code of Conduct

The K Code of Conduct was published in the languages of all our operating countries in October 2016. Our aim is that all of our personnel act in compliance with the K Code of Conduct. We named 20 K Code of Conduct ambassadors as the messengers and contact persons. As of 2017, we oblige the entire personnel to annually confirm their compliance with the K Code of Conduct. By the end of 2017, 65% of personnel had made the annual confirmation.

You can upload the Sustainability section of the Annual Report as pdf here

Social targets and achievements 

Working community

Our aim is to be the best employer in the trading sector in terms of job satisfaction. We offer a wide range of career and development opportunities in different positions in the trading sector. As the operating environment and customer demands in the trading sector change, continuous competence building becomes increasingly important.


Responsible purchasing 

Our aim is that the social responsibility of the production of own direct imports from high-risk countries has been assured. At the beginning of 2018, Kesko’s suppliers in high-risk countries had a total of 423 valid social responsibility audits.


Suppliers’ social responsibility audits in Kesko’s 10 largest high-risk countries of import

Direct purchases from suppliers in high-risk countries account for 1.2% of Kesko’s total purchases.


Product safety and sustainable selections

The product safety of the K Group’s selections has been verified. The Product Research Unit's laboratory monitors the product safety and quality of the private labels and own imports in the grocery trade. In 2017, the Product Research laboratory analysed 7,350 product samples and conducted 15,076 analyses. In total, 522 suppliers of Kesko’s own brands of food products have international audit certifications that assure product safety. The number of own audits was 59.

We offer an extensive selection of own-brand products with responsibility labelling. In 2017, the Pirkka range had 37 Pirkka Fairtrade products, 116 Pirkka Organic products, 41 Pirkka MSC-certified fish products, 35 UTZ-certified products, 76 Nordic Swan label products, 137 products with the Key Flag symbol, 88 Seed leaf label products, 220 Hyvää Suomesta (Produce of Finland) products, and 5 products with the Finnish allergy label (Allergiatunnus).

In the building and technical trade, the Cello range had 411 Key Flag products, 30 Nordic Swan label products, 35 M1 label products, and 116 products with the Finnish allergy label (Allergiatunnus).

You can upload the Sustainability section of the Annual Report as pdf here.    

Environmental targets and achievements

Renewable energy 

All electricity purchased by Kesko in Finland has been produced with renewable energy since the beginning of 2017. We purchase renewable electricity that has the Renewable Energy Guarantee of Origin (REGO) from the Nordic countries. In 2017, the electricity purchased was produced with Finnish bioenergy.

Solar power

Our aim is to increase the production of solar power for our own use. In 2017, Kesko had 19 solar power plants located on the rooftops of its store properties. A total of 3.0 GWh of electricity was produced with solar power for the use of K-food stores. The combined power of the plants is approximately 5.5 MWp. We are the biggest producer and user of solar power in Finland.

Energy efficiency

The K Group is participating in the action plan of the commerce sector Energy Efficiency Agreement for the years 2017–2025. In accordance with the agreement, the K Group commits itself to reducing its energy consumption by 7.5% through various energy saving measures. All K Group store chains are included in the agreement.  


Our aim is to reduce the emissions of Kesko Logistics relative to the net sales index by 10% by 2020 from the 2011 level. We will reduce emissions by the efficient route planning of transport, efficient reverse logistics, two-tier trailers and training in economical driving styles. 

Food waste

Our aim is to reduce identfied food waste by 10% by 2020 from the 2013 level. We reduce food waste in K-food stores with the help of electronic forecasting and order systems, efficient logistics, employee training, reducing the prices of products approaching their best before dates and optimising packaging properties.


You can upload the Sustainability section of the Annual Report as pdf here

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