Management model and systems

Corporate responsibility organisation in Kesko

Corporate responsibility at Kesko is integrated into day-to-day activities that help customers make good choices.

Kesko’s Board of Directors and Group Management Board discuss the key principles and reporting.

The corporate responsibility function is headed by the Executive Vice President for marketing, communications, corporate responsibility and corporate relations, who is a member of Kesko’s Group Management Board. Corporate responsibility is one of the target indicators of his performance bonus.

The Group’s Corporate Responsibility Unit, assisted by steering groups, is responsible for the development, coordination and reporting of responsibility work.

The management of each business division is responsible for practical implementation.

Corporate responsibility steering

Certification and audit systems related to production in high-risk countries approved by Kesko


Certification/audit system
Product group
Coverage of criteria
Product label
BSCI (Business Social Compliance Initiative) All product groups

Social, limited environmental part

SA8000 All product groups Social No
ETI All product groups Social No
Sedex/SMETA All product groups

Social, limited environmental part

ICS All product groups Social No
Fairtrade Agricultural products incl. cotton Social, environmental Yes
Rainforest Alliance Agricultural products Social, environmental Yes
Pro Terra Agricultural products Social, environmental Yes
MPS-Socially Qualified Agricultural products Social No
Soil Association Ethical Trade Agricultural products Social Yes
Sustainability Initiative of South Africa SIZA Agricultural products Social, environmental No
Sustainably Grown Agricultural products Social, environmental Yes
UTZ Certified Coffee, cocoa, tea Social, environmental Yes
RSPO (Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil) Products containing palm oil

Economic, environmental, social

RTRS (Round Table on Responsible Soy) Soy Economic, environmental, social Yes
WIETA Wines Social Yes
Vinos de Chile Wines Social, environmental Yes
MSC (Marine Stewardship Council) Caught fish and shellfish Environmental (sustainable fishing) Yes
ASC (Aquaculture Stewardship Council) Farmed fish and shellfish Social, environmental Yes
Florverde Sustainable Flowers Flowers Social, environmental Yes
FLA (Fair Labor Association) Consumer goods Social No
FWF (Fair Wear Foundation) Clothing Social No
GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) Textiles, hygiene products (organic) Social, environmental Yes
WRAP (Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production) Textiles, shoes Social No
IMO Fair for Life All product groups Social, economic Yes
FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) Wood products and timber Social, environmental Yes
PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification) Wood products and timber Social, environmental Yes
ICA Social Audit * Consumer goods Social No

 * Conditional approval. A maximum of two IGS audits are approved after which the supplier must adopt BSCI audit or some other approved audit conducted by an independent party.

Environmental systems

All of Onninen's operations in all operating countries are ISO 14001 certified.

The operations of Kesko Logistics are ISO 14001 certified.

In the food stores and the building and home improvement stores, environmental management is based on the K-responsibility concept. For K-Citymarkets, K-Supermarkets and K-Markets, the K-responsibility concept is a requirement for inclusion in the chain. A K-responsibility concept inspection is carried out every three years at the K-Rauta, Rautia and K-maatalous stores by an independent external partner. In 2016, a total of 59 stores were inspected.

VV-Auto Group Oy fulfils the requirements of the ISO 9001 quality system and VV-Autotalot Oy fulfils the requirements of the quality and environmental action programme of the Finnish Central Organisation for Motor Trades and Repairs (AKL).