Responsibility is rapidly becoming a key element of corporate strategy and business-making. Data, analyzes and impact calculations provide the basis for decisions, but successful change management requires stories that motivate, resonate with and are identified by stakeholders. Now that Johanna Lähteenmäki, a senior communications expert, joins the team, communications is an integrated element of Gaia’s customer services, and make sustainable business a better business.
Gaia and Confederation of Finnish Construction Industries RT are working with the Finnish Ministry of the Environment and other stakeholders to develop a roadmap for Low-Carbon Construction 2035.
Mikko Halonen, Julia Illman, and Lauri Larvus have become shareholders at Gaia Group Oy. All three are staff members, valuable team players at Gaia, and profoundly committed to the long-term development of Gaia. "“We are committed to professionalism, work to earn credibility and must be able to offer continuity."
Small and medium-sized enterprises have an ever-increasing role in the global south. Businesses make the much-needed innovations, improve people’s access to basic services and products, create jobs and contribute to equitable economic growth.
During this autumn, Gaia will have a strong presence in Nairobi, the ‘most intelligent’ city in Africa. Kenya, and East Africa more broadly, is where a nexus of megatrends emerges. Population growth, urbanisation and climate change are already cultivating the landscape and this momentum will only accelerate in the future. This makes Kenya a fertile ground for businesses looking for new markets and for investors seeking both return and impact.
The UN Environment Programme assigned Gaia Consulting in April 2019 to develop their Private Sector Engagement Strategy to further strengthen their capacity to fulfill their mandate.
Kaisa Hietala becomes a partner at the sustainable business consultancy Gaia Consulting, and will be responsible for the firm’s strategic consulting, with a special focus on integrating environmental and climate challenges with business. Most recently, Hietala has worked as EVP of the Renewable Products business area at Neste.
The largest impact on climate change mitigation comes through our everyday work. Together with our clients and partners, we focus on policy and business solutions to reduce emissions and create low-carbon opportunities. Nevertheless, we strive for a cleaner and safer world, and, at Gaia, we reduce, calculate and report our carbon footprint. The remaining emissions that could not be avoided, we compensate. Since 2012, we offset our emission two-fold, and operate as a Carbon Positive company.
New report: Cooperative climate initiatives have major global mitigation, adaptation and finance impacts
Our new report with NewClimate Institute highlights Nordic opportunities to provide leadership in the Global Climate Action Agenda. The study identified in total some 300 international cooperative initiatives and filtered out 7 initiatives with particular interest from a Nordic perspective, covering both adaptation, mitigation as well as means of implementation initiatives.
The year 2018 was important and successful for Gaia. In addition to reforming the organization, Gaia had more than 200 customers and business consulting grew strongly. In 2019, Gaia is more robust and ready for growth. Katriina Juntunen brings along particular expertise in change management. This enables Gaia to further increase the impact of its services.
Sustainable business consulting in the emerging markets is one of the growing business areas of Gaia. Population growth, urbanization and climate change are paramount challenges and require quick scale up of sustainable solutions to generation of income opportunities, clean energy, water, food and safe infrastructure.