Biodiversity in the air

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Beyond its aim to reduce aviation emissions, Finnair is focusing on natural diversity. In 2015 the airline took part in a Master Class organised by FIBS, Finland’s leading corporate responsibility network, and the Ministry of Environment. The class focused on identifying participating companies’ impact on biodiversity, which includes habitat, regulatory, and cultural services found in the natural ecosystem.

“Biodiversity within Finnair’s business is becoming further emphasised through our efforts to pursue sustainable development and combat ­climate change,” says Outi Merilä, Finnair’s Environmental ­Manager. “As biofuels replace fossil ­fuels in the coming years, we want to ensure that the production of ingredients used in renewable fuels complies by the principles of sustainable development.”

Finnair has also prohibited the transport of hunting trophies from endangered species in its cargo network, and included biodiversity in its 2015 Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). The airline also supports a rain forest reforestation project in Madagascar in cooperation with the Finnish Association for Nature Conservation.


Text by Laura Palotie
Illustration by iStock

This article was originally published in Finnair's Blue Wings magazine (April 2016).

Published April 6, 2016

Category: Corporate Responsibility

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