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Sustainable development commitments and memberships

The responsible and sustainable operations of Tampere Universities are guided by several international, national and local objectives and commitments.

Tampere Universities support UN Sustainable Development Goals

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) ratified by UN member states aim to eradicate extreme poverty and promote sustainable development with equal consideration for the environment, economy and humanity. Tampere Universities promote SDGs in areas which are relevant to its operations and have been defined by our community.

TAMK is the first Finnish UAS to commit to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In October 2020, TAMK signed the international SDG Accord as the first university of applied sciences in Finland. The agreement is a joint expression of the will of higher education institutions to promote the UN Sustainable Development Goals as part of their activities.

TAMK has also pledged adherence to Finnish society’s commitment to sustainable development by 2050.

Tampere University has signed the SDG Accord Climate Letter which focuses on promoting climate awareness and measures both in the university’s operations and society.

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Tampere University is part of THE Impact Rankings

In autumn 2020, Tampere University participates for the first in the Times Higher Education Impact Ranking in which the university assesses its performance in four SDG 2030 agenda points. The goals to be evaluated are chosen for one year at a time.

For 2019, the focus is on promoting sustainable industry, innovation and infrastructure, building sustainable cities and communities, climate action, and promoting cooperation and partnerships. 

Tampereen yliopiston tavoitteet vuonna 2019 THE Impact -rakingissa.

Fair Trade universities

In October 2019, Tampere Universities received the Fair Trade University title awarded by Fairtrade Finland. The designation gives recognition to institutions that are committed to promoting sustainable consumption and ethical trade. Maintaining the title also signifies a determination to take global responsibility.

The prerequisite for the title of a Fair Trade University is that the university community uses fair trade products and communicates fair trade-related themes to staff and students. The title also requires that there is a fair trade advocacy working group in the university community.  This task is performed by the sustainable development working group of Tampere Universities.

A climate partner in the Tampere region

As a Sustainable Tampere 2030 climate partner, Tampere Universities will promote the goal of carbon neutral Tampere by 2030 with the city of Tampere and other regional actors.

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