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

AMS Sourcing B.V.
- Advisory Board: Vice President Ari Akseli, Kesko's grocery trade

BSCI (Business Social Compliance Initiative)
- Food and Primary Production Working Group: Sourcing Manager Tuuli Luoma, Kesko's grocery trade

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

European DIY Retail Association (EDRA)
- Board of Directors: President Terho Kalliokoski, Kesko's building and technical trade

IDEE (International Distributors of Electrical Equipment)
- Board: Vesa-Pekka Vuopio, Product Line Director, Electrical, Kesko’s Building and Technical Trade

IGS (ICA Global Sourcing)
- Advisory Board: Vice President Ari Akseli, Kesko's grocery trade

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

WIM (Wholesalers of Installation Materials)
- General Assembly:  Jani Kakko, Product Line Director, Heating, Plumbing and Industry, Kesko’s Building and Technical Trade

Trade 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: Executive Vice President, Group General Counsel Anne Leppälä-Nilsson, Kesko Corporation
- Logistics Committee: Vice President Mika Salmijärvi, Kesko Logistics
- Finance Group: Group Treasurer Heikki Ala-Seppälä, Kesko Corporation

Federation of Finnish Commerce
- Board: President and CEO Mikko Helander, Kesko Corporation (Chair)
- Community Planning Committee: District Director of Western Finland Jari Alanen, Kesko Corporation
- Environmental Committee:  Sustainability Manager Timo Jäske, Kesko's grocery trade (Chair)
- Legal Committee: Executive Vice President, Group General Counsel Anne Leppälä-Nilsson (Chair)
- Payment Committee: Group Treasurer Heikki Ala-Seppälä, Kesko Corporation (Chair)
- Research Committee: Senior Vice President Matti Mettälä, Human Resources, Kesko Corporation
- Russian Commerce Group: Vice President Mikko Pasanen, Kesko's building and technical trade
- Specialty Trade Group: Vice President Timo Pesonen, Kesko's building and technical trade
- Tax and Economic Policy Committee: Senior Vice President, CFO Jukka Erlund, Kesko Corporation (Chair)
- Trade Policy Committee: Purchasing and Sales Director Sirpa Koppinen-Lindström, Kesko's grocery trade

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

Finnish Electrotechnical Trade Association (STK)
- Board: Matti Savolainen,  Sales Director, Technical contractors, Kesko’s Building and Technical Trade
- Communications Group: Jukka Aro, Marketing Director, Technical contractors, Kesko’s Building and Technical Trade

Finnish HVAC Technical Traders’ Association
- Chair of the Board: Kai Puustinen, Director, Technical contractor, Kesko’s Building and Technical Trade

The Association of Finnish Technical Traders
- Board: Martti Forss, Vice President, B2B business, Finland, Kesko’s Building and Technical Trade
- Refrigeration Technology Group: Ilkka Viita, Product Line Director, A/C (air conditioning), Refrigeration, Ventilation and Energy, Kesko’s Building and Technical Trade


Yleinen teollisuusliitto (YTL)
- Advisory Board of Logistics Customers: Vice President Mika Salmijärvi, Kesko Logistics (Chair)


Universities

Tampere University of Applied Sciences
- Board: District Director of Western Finland Jari Alanen, Kesko Corporation

Tampere University of Technology
- Board of the Support Foundation: 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

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

Chambers of Commerce

Finland Chamber of Commerce 
- Board: President and CEO Mikko Helander
- Delegation: Executive Vice President Anne Leppälä-Nilsson, Kesko Corporation and District Director of Western Finland Jari Alanen, Kesko Corporation
- Traffic Committee: Vice President Mika Salmijärvi, Kesko Logistics

Helsinki Region Chamber of Commerce
- Board: President Terho Kalliokoski, Kesko's building and technical trade
- Delegation: Executive Vice President, Group General Counsel Anne Leppälä-Nilsson, Kesko Corporation
- Board of the Itä-Uusimaa Chamber of Commerce unit: Vice President Antti Ollila, Kesko's building and technical trade
- Board of the 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 Southern Finland Antti Palomäki, Kesko Corporation
- ICT Committee: Vice President, CIO Arto Hiltunen, Kesko Corporation
- Port and Logistics Committee: Vice President Mika Salmijärvi, Kesko Logistics

Häme Chamber of Commerce
- Board: District Director of Southern Finland Antti Palomäki, Kesko Corporation

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

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

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

Oulu Chamber of Commerce
- Board: District Director of Western Finland Jari Alanen, Kesko Corporation

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

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

Other organisations and groups

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

EKK ry (Elävät Kaupunkikeskustat ry)
- Board: District Director of Southwestern Finland Olli Setänen, Kesko Corporation

The Electrical Contractors´ Association of Finland STUL
- Board member, Chair of the Tele Group: Timo Nikulainen, Sales Director, Electrical, Kesko’s Building and Technical Trade

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

Finnish Packaging Association
- Board: Sustainability Manager Timo Jäske, Kesko's grocery trade
- Packaging Committee of Groceries: Planning Manager Henri Huhtala, Kesko's grocery trade

Finnish Quality Association
- Advisory Board: Hannu Pekuri, Development and Quality Manager, Kesko’s Building and Technical
Trade

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

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

GBC Finland 
- Real Estate Maintenance Committee: Technical Building Services Manager Jari Suuronen, Kesko's grocery trade
- Energy Committee: Technical Building Services Manager Jari Suuronen, Kesko's grocery trade

Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) of Finland
- Board: Jarmo Tomperi, Senior International Category Manager, Senior International Category Manager, Lighting, Kesko’s Building and Technical Trade 

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

Pro Luomu ry
- Board: Purchasing Director Ari Sääksmäki, Kesko's grocery trade
- Communications Group: Communications Officer Minttu Tirkkonen, Kesko's grocery trade

RAKLI The Finnish Association of Building Owners and Construction Clients
- Board: Vice President Juhani Rontu, Kesko's grocery trade (deputy Chair)

RaSi ry (Finnish Hardware Association, DIY)
- Board: Vice President Timo Pesonen (deputy Chair) and Vice President Jani Karotie (deputy member), Kesko's building and technical trade 

Ruokatieto Yhdistys ry
- Board: Vice President Ari Akseli, Kesko's grocery trade (Deputy Chair)

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

Sisusta Kotia ry, an association for home interior decoration and furniture trade 
- Board: Vice President Timo Pesonen (member), Kesko's building and technical trade

Suomen ElFi Oy
- Board: Jari Suuronen, Technical Building Services Manager, Kesko's grocery trade

Suomen Kuitukierrätys Oy
- Board: Sustainability Manager Timo Jäske, Kesko's grocery trade

Suomen Palautuspakkaus Oy
- Board: Purchasing and Sales Director Aki Erkkilä, Kesko's grocery trade and Sustainability Manager Timo Jäske, Kesko's grocery trade

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

The Association for Finnish Work
- Board: Vice President Ari Akseli, Kesko's grocery trade

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