Social responsibility

Every year Aktia Group traditionally supports both culture and sport. For many years Aktia has worked together with Svenska Teatern and supports the theatre's activities. One of the larger child and youth initiatives that Aktia supports is the Relay Carnival. Every year the carnival gathers Swedishspeaking Finnish children and young people from all over Finland and for many years Aktia has been one of the main sponsors.

In 2016 Aktia sponsored the promising young rally driver Niclas Grönholm who is currently reigning Finnish champion.

Approximately 80% of the returns paid to Aktia and savings bank foundations are channelled back to society in the form of support and subsidies. Currently, there are 30 foundations. Practically all the Aktia and savings bank foundations made contributions to different forms of local activities in 2016. These contributions varied based on the size of the foundation, but the number of recipients remains stable. Recipients are active in areas such as child and youth activities, cultural activities, and education. Moreover, the foundations emphasise the importance of environmental responsibility and underpin a number of projects to that end. The foundations' contributions are essential to maintaining and developing these activities.

Aktia's collaboration with Dropp Water continued in 2016. DROPP offers sustainable, Baltic Sea friendly spring water to consumers in Finland. They donate 100% of their profits to the Baltic Sea Action Group and its commitment to save the Baltic Sea.

For a couple of years, Aktia has chosen not to give Christmas presents to the employees and instead make a donation to charity. The 2016 Christmas donation of EUR 10,000 was made to the Mannerheim League for Child Welfare (MLL) for work to prevent bullying. Using donations MLL can continue its long-term work to prevent bullying in schools and day nurseries. Today there are 11,000 support pupils in schools who help younger pupils to find friends and security. MLL trains support pupils and supervisors all over Finland and produces materials for schools and day nurseries. In addition MLL maintains its telephone helpline for children and young people, allowing them to tell an adult they can trust about their problems and get support.

Aktia is a part-owner of Women's Bank. Women's Bank is an association and fund supporting women's sustainable entrepreneurship and livelihood in developing countries. The funds given are used to finance projects that promote women's economic livelihood, skills and rights, to finance small loans, vocational training, other activities to encourage entrepreneurship and innovative pilot projects aimed at promoting women's entrepreneurship.