Get to Know Us | Hannes Snellman’s Corporate Citizenship Team, Part I
2 June 2020
Hannes Snellman has a proud heritage of serving the community. Our corporate citizenship means the realisation in practice of our firm’s and employees’ fundamental professional values. Today, we are involved in a wide range of initiatives related to corporate citizenship by contributing with our expertise and resources to promote values and causes that benefit our community. Our staff forms the basis of this work, and we continuously cultivate and develop our role in this area.
We have a diverse corporate citizenship team, whose responsibility it is to coordinate our sustainability and corporate citizenship work. The team is led by Partner Johan Aalto.
We had a chat with our corporate citizenship team members to find out what they think about their work as a part of the team, what are their top priorities, and how corporate citizenship work is present in their everyday life. In this part, you will meet Johan Aalto, Taina Tenhunen, Noora Britchgi, and Anni Pöllänen.
Johan, you have been with the firm for more than three decades. Has corporate citizenship been part of the legal profession during your whole career or is this a modern phenomenon?
"The development of our country and its business environment has fundamentally changed over the past three decades. However, the foundation and mission of the profession is still the same, in other words to defend and to develop the rule of law. Corporate citizenship boils down to responsibility for more than the firm itself. The basic idea of taking responsibility has, as such, been part of the professional values for a long time. Over the past years, many law firms have gradually started to realise that in this context, they need concrete answers and actions in addition to traditional slogans and general principles. The development is positive – albeit a bit slow. We need a thorough discussion on the fundamental questions (why, how, what, to whom) to meet the requirements of the society, our people, and other constituencies. Gradually also the legal profession will realise that corporate citizenship and sustainability are foremost an opportunity."
Johan Aalto, Partner
Taina, you work as the head of Tech & Innovation team. What kind of role do you have in the corporate citizenship team?
"I hope to be able to contribute by ensuring that whatever we do on the tech & innovation side, we will also utilise it in our CSR work. This also applies vice versa, in other words, the ideas and thoughts that come up in our CSR work may have wider implications for our day-to-day business as well. I also have a personal desire to contribute to something bigger, and this team is a great way to do it."
Taina Tenhunen, Head of Tech & Innovation
Noora, you are working in our Environment & Natural Resources team, and you are a member of the Corporate Citizenship team, too. How are environmental matters present in your everyday life?
"Working in our Environment & Natural Resources team means that my daily assignments have to do with renewable energy projects, infrastructure, and permitting of operations that have an impact on the environment. Luckily, most corporations these days are visionary with respect to reducing their environmental footprint and aim to do more than the bare legislative minimum. In my private life, I enjoy spending time outdoors and try to live in a sustainable manner, which includes, for example, choosing wind energy and a vegetarian diet, recycling, limiting my consumption and flying, and supporting organisations that engage in the protection of the environment. Many of these themes have been taken into account in the operations of Hannes Snellman, but certainly both me and the firm could do even better."
Noora Britschgi, Senior Associate
Anni, you have been involved in Hannes Snellman’s corporate citizenship work for a few years – what has been the best part of that work?
"To me, one of the most important things in our corporate citizenship work is that I can have an actual impact, together with my colleagues, on the improvement of the wellbeing of our society, and implement our responsibilities, for instance, in environmental matters. In addition, it is always rewarding to see how our work starts to pay off in real terms."
Anni Pöllänen, Legal Assistant