The most significant sustainability impacts of Alma Media’s business are related to the media content published by the company (responsible journalism) and digital services (responsible marketing as well as responsibility for data and data protection).
For several decades now, Alma Media has surveyed the best-operating models from the perspective of sustainability while also developing its own operating methods. As the most recent action, Alma Media became the third media company in the world to set long-term science-based climate targets (SBT) in 2018. The targets are aimed at focusing climate efforts on reducing the greenhouse gas emissions arising from properties, company cars, and the most emissions-intensive business operations. In 2015, Alma Media committed to the Paris Pledge for Action to reach the COP21 targets.
Alma Media is a founding member in the international Media Responsible Forum, which promotes sustainability in the media sector, and the Group is also one of the first media companies in the Nordic region to adopt integrated sustainability reporting in accordance with the GRI standards.
Sustainable development indices and surveys
- Alma Media is included in the Nasdaq OMX GES SUSTAINABILITY FINLAND index.
- CDP gave Alma Media score B in its Climate Change Disclosure 2020 report. In 2019, Alma Media received a Leadership-level rating of A–. CDP collects data from companies with regard to the risks posed by climate change and the opportunities presented by low-emission approaches.
- ISS ESG Corporate Rating gave Alma Media a Prime rating of C+ in 2019. Prime ratings are awarded to companies that meet certain minimum requirements in assessments and are among the leaders in their respective fields in ESG scoring.
- Alma Media is also a signatory to the UN Global Compact declaration and a member of the Finnish FIBS corporate responsibility and diversity network and the City of Helsinki Climate Partnership Network.
The principles applied in the management of corporate responsibility
Alma Media develops its responsibility in compliance with the legislation governing business activities and the media industry. The development of corporate responsibility at Alma Media is also guided by the company’s policies, guidelines and commitments as well as guidelines defined by external parties that are significant to the company’s operations. The company’s internal control, risk management and governance are described in more detail in the Corporate Governance Statement and the Report by the Board of Directors.
The internal policies, guidelines and commitments that guide Alma Media’s responsibility:
- Code of Conduct
- The corporate responsibility programme and its targets
- Disclosure policy
- Information security policy
- Tax policy
- Investment and financing policy
- Procurement policy
- Equality and non-discrimination principles and equality and diversity plans
- Career development principles
- Remuneration principles and remuneration policy
- Contractual terms and terms of sale concerning the advertising customers of Alma Media’s media sales
- The Board of Directors’ diversity policy
- The company’s climate targets approved by the Science Based Targets initiative
External parties guidelines:
- The Council for Mass Media Guidelines for Journalists and basic agreement
- The marketing rules of the International Chamber of Commerce
- Principles concerning good marketing practices
- Europe-wide self-regulation of targeted online advertising (OBA self-regulation)
- Guidelines by the IAB digital marketing network
- The UN Global Compact initiative and the UN Sustainable Development Goals