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About Chemical Industry Federation of Finland   

  The different branches of the chemical industry reach far and wide. Their products have a significant impact on people and their everyday life. Also, the branches play an important role in the well-being of our environment. At the same time the chemical industry has a strong foothold in our national economy. As a significant exporter and employer the chemical industry provides above all added value and partnerships to the other industries. For Finland the competencies of the chemical industry branches, combined with customer-oriented solutions and services, generate important centres of competence.

The operating environment of chemical industry companies is changing continuously. Cooperation networks are an important tool in locating shared solutions and competencies. The Chemical Industry Federation of Finland acts as an umbrella for the entire industry. In this capacity the Federation is the main operator, leading the way in issues related to labour market policies and business and industrial affairs. Branch federations and divisions are the cooperation expert forums for the various chemical industry companies.

This way the branch-specific questions faced by companies specialising in plastic products , rubber products, pharmaceuticals, paints, printing inks, cosmetics and detergents, crop protection products, bio industry products, adhesives, gas and industrial chemicals are given due attention. The biggest of the branch federations is the Finnish Plastics Industries Federation. The most recent to join the network was The Rubber Manufacturers' Association of Finland, which became a member in 2007.

The business idea of the Federation and its member and joint associations is to secure competitiveness and operating conditions of the member companies. The focal points of activities are defined in a shared, continuous process, and shared resources offer the companies immediate added value as services, which are very much in demand. The federations work in line with cost-efficient sharing of competencies and resources. In this operational model the expertise of both companies and federations complement one another.

On a national scale the activities receive support and guidance from members of boards, divisions and committees - in short, from hundreds of specialists based in different companies. Among the closest cooperation partners are the dozens of national and foreign industry organisations. Within this group the most important ones are the Confederation of Finnish Industries (EK) the European Chemical Industry Council Cefic and European cooperation organizations comprising members from various industry branches.

Mission and strategy   

move to top The business idea of the Chemical Industry Federation of Finland is to secure the competitiveness and operating conditions of the member companies in Finland. The focus areas of activities are defined jointly as a continuous process and further specified as three-year strategies.

The Federation’s strategy for the period of 2008-2010 puts strong emphasis on the renewal of the chemical industry business operations and possibilities to guarantee competitive operational preconditions in Finland. The strategic focus areas are the following: new approaches for labour market , sustainable solutions by proactive EHS-work , skilful personnel and new innovations are our resources

Since the beginning of 2008 the activities of the Federation have been focused, in accordance to the renewed strategy, on the three following sectors: the Labour market, Environment, health and safety, as well as Education and research.

 

 

Divisions   

Companies co-operate in issues linked to specialized areas. The bioindustry, gas industry and the adhesives industry work as divisions, as do companies interested in strandardization.
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Gas Industry Division

Companies manufacturing gases for the purposes of the industry and the health care sector established their own division in 2003. At the same time the division joined EIGA, the European Industrial Gases Association. The goal of the gas industry division is to enhance safety in the everyday operations both in traffic and transport as well as in industrial facilities using gases.

Adhesives Industry Division

The operating environment of the adhesives industry is international and decisions pertaining to the activities of the industry are made on a European level. The adhesives industry division takes part in the activities of FEICA, the Association of European Adhesives Manufacturers, and uses in its own work the surveys, statements and information materials published by the Association. In Finland the division’s role is to monitor the economic outlook and progress in the field.

Standardisation Division

The standardisation division of the Chemical Industry Federation of Finland handles standardisation issues of the field in accordance to an agreement made with the Finnish Standards Association. The division monitors standardisation both on a European and international level. The role of the standards is to remove technical obstacles to trade and commerce in the internal European market as well as in the global market. By taking part in the standardisation work companies can exert their influence on the substance of the standards being prepared and can anticipate future changes.

Organisation   

move to top All in all the Chemical Industry Federation of Finland has 13 member, cooperation and agreement associations. In terms of federation structure and operational integration its partners are the Association of Environmental Enterprises, the Association of Finnish Paint Industry, the Finnish Bioindustries, the Finnish Boat Builders Employers' Association, the Finnish Cosmetic, Toiletry and Detergent Association, the Finnish Crop Protection Association, the Finnish Plastics Industries Federation, the Finnish Printing Ink Industry, the Rubber Manufacturers' Association of Finland, and Oil Products Association. Employers' Association of (Finnish) Goldsmiths and Association of Finnish Shoe and Leather Industries represent agreement associations. Service organization Chemas Oy is responsible for the Federation’s fee-based services and products.

The Federation’s organisation comprises three main operational sectors: education and research, the labour market, the environment, health and safety, as well as joint service operations. A total of 41 people work at the Federation and its integrated organisations.

International cooperation   

move to top The Chemical Industry Federation of Finland is a member of Cefic, the European Chemical Industry Council.Global cooperation takes place via ICCA, International Council of Chemical Associations. This way the Federation participates in the development of the global operating environment of chemical industry. All of the members and cooperation partners of the Federation have solid connections to the international organisations of their specific fields.

Member services   

The chemical industry plays a significant role in the Finnish national economy. The membership of the Chemical Industry Federation of Finland covers the various chemical industry branches, including product portfolios and services. The Federation’s core services include issues related to labour markets; environment, health and safety; and education and research.
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The labour market in reliable hands

The labour market team handles the collective labour agreements of the chemical industries. The goal is to maintain the industries’ competitiveness in a cost-efficient way. Another objective is to secure the operational independence of companies.

The labour market specialists of the team draw on years’ worth of solid experience in labour market issues. The team members’ negotiation skills as well as knowledge of agreements and legal issues have been tested in numerous negotiation rounds. Other core competencies involve know-how on sustained development of wage policies, productivity, occupational safety, compensation administration, and personnel competence development.

The labour market team negotiates 10 different collective labour agreements: numerous industry-specific employee agreements, the joint labour agreement for salaried employees in the chemical industry as well as the wages protocol for senior clerical workers. Also, the team experts participate in the preliminary work for labour legislation. Through its advisory services the labour market team helps its customers in dealing with everyday work. Expert counselling is also available as an over-the-phone service, and provides help in issues of employment contracts, labour and social legislation as well as personnel and their organization. The similar themes are discussed in information kits and training events, which are organized according to need. Moreover, there is a limited amount of legal services in the area of employment contracts and terms.

Broad specialist networks and sound relations with employee organizations and other labour-related organizations are an important asset for the team. In Finland the team has at its disposal the know-how of both the Confederation of Finnish Industries (EK) and employer organizations. The European Chemical Employers’ Group, the International Employment Relationship Board and a Scandinavian cooperation forum comprise the international cooperation networks.

Keys to renewal

How to secure the availability of skilled personnel now and in the future? How to create innovations that pave the way to new business opportunities? The role of the Education and research team is to find answers to these questions. The goal is to increase young people’s interest in chemistry-related studies and to promote the high quality of the education in this field, while making sure that theoretical studies have application in the practical working life. Another central objective is to accelerate the research and development activities in the chemical industry.

The Education and research team thrives on its broad knowledge of the education and R&D trends and practices of the field. It relies on versatile and well-oiled cooperation networks. The team’s activities are directed with efficiency and purposefulness, and have their foundation on expertise related to educational needs and human resources development in the chemical industry. Moreover, the team has a profound understanding of research and development activities. To have an impact on educational policies anticipating labour and competence needs is a necessity. The R&D work is guided by a technology foresight process, which takes place every few years.

There are various concepts available for dealing with the recruiting problems which companies will be facing in a few years’ time. Partnership projects are a useful channel for participating in the cooperation between schools, teachers and students. When it comes to personnel development, Competence-based vocational degrees serve as tools for the companies. Joint projects in the realm of research provide added value to the chemical companies. Also, there are services available regarding the funding of R&D activities, national technology programmes and EU framework programmes.

The team’s operational mode is to engage in broad-based cooperation with authorities responsible for educational and technology policies. Besides the authorities the team works in close cooperation with other central policy makers. For the past twenty years the scientific advisory board of the chemical industry has served as the expert forum for R&D and technology policies in the industry. Members of the advisory board include the R&D management of the member companies as well as university and research institute professors. The Education and research team has access to training organized by CEFIC. Moreover, the team’s networks cover the European-level cooperation within science and technology communities.

Tools and models for safety work

For all chemical industries the starting point of operations is a well-maintained environment as well as safety in production, processes and products. The EHS team supports companies in their active and voluntary work promoting environmental, health and safety issues. Another central task is to provide specialised support in legislative initiatives and handle standardization issues on both national and international level. The team’s fundamental strength is expertise. To do this work, one needs to have a profound understanding of the different branches of chemistry, know what processes are used and what are the end product properties. This competence is something that inspires trust, whether the issue in question is chemicals safety, development of production or product safety, management systems, transport of Dangerous goods or standardisation.

Cooperation generates results. The specialists from companies interact through forums, which comprise for example the environment and safety committee, product safety working group and process safety working group. The same topics are on the agenda for work groups by Cefic, and on a more global level, by work groups of the International Council of Chemical Associations. Collaboration with ministries’ own experts helps the state administration advisory boards and work groups to find solutions. The Finnish Standards Association SFS handles issues related to standardization. The work is carried out through the standardization division and with the help of broad, interdisciplinary network.

The Responsible Care programme is the flagship of the entire chemical industry and its various branches, guiding the way in environmental and safety-related issues. The operational model, the practical instructions and indicators of performance for monitoring progress are available for use by companies. In supporting the practical implementation of safety measures, sharing of best practices goes a long way. For this reason up-to-date training events, information kits, publications and advisory services are included in the services designed for the member companies. The most recent topics related to the environment, health and safety are available in quarterly distributed review.

Contacts

Eteläranta 10, P.O. Box 4, FIN-00131 Helsinki, FINLAND
+358 9 172 841
+358 9 630 225, +358 9 171 164

Hannu Vornamo
M.Sc., Director General (until 31 May 2009)
+ 358 9 1728 4310

Timo Leppä
M.Sc., CEFA, Deputy to Director General
Director General (since 1 June 2009)

Tarja-Kaarina Korte
BBA, Assistant to the Director General
HR Services
+ 358 9 1728 4329


Last Updated ( Tuesday, 21 April 2009 )
 
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