The Finnish Forest Industries Federation aims to improve the forest-based sector's cost competitiveness and enhance its prerequisites for success.
Collective labour agreements to support cost competitiveness
The Finnish collective bargaining system needs to be developed in a way that it supports cost competitiveness and the exporting industry's ability to create jobs.
Availability of sufficient energy
The cost of energy must be brought to a competitive level in Finland compared with other operating countries. The availability of sufficient amounts of electricity needs to be safeguarded also in the long run.
Climate policy to promote the forest-based sector's ability to compete
Utilisation of wood-based energy needs to be increased substantially if Finland is to meet its ambitious renewable energy targets.
Cost-effectiveness must also be considered in the drafting of environmental legislation and avoid overlapping steering mechanisms.
Steady availability of domestic timber
The steady flow of competitively priced raw materials on to the market is very important for the forest industry. Forest policies and taxation should encourage owners to take active forestry measures. A diverse range of services from both the forest-based sector's service organisations as well as from private service providers should be on offer to forest owners.
Transporting systems has to be in an adequate operating condition all year round to enable cost-effective transports. The forest industry is Finland's biggest buyer of transport services.
Education to promote the development of multifaceted skill sets
The sector's education activities and competence need to be developed to make them correspond with the needs of today and tomorrow.
The development of versatile skills as well as the specialisation of educational institutions need to be promoted on other educational levels as well.
Occupational wellbeing and longer careers
Occupational wellbeing is being improved with the aim of reducing sickness absences and to enable employees to enjoy longer careers.
Ecological reward programme to promote sustainable production and consumption
An ecological reward system could encourage consumers to select environment-friendly products and spur the industry to develop its manufacturing operations in a way that is even more effective and sustainable from the ecological perspective.