The Finnish Work Environment Fund

The Finnish Work Environment Fund was established in 1979, by the Finnish Work Environment Fund Act. The work of the Fund is in accordance with both the stipulations of The Finnish Work Environment Fund Act and the regulations which the Ministry has confirmed.

The purpose of the Finnish Work Environment Fund is to fund research and development work, which improves the working conditions and promotes the safety and productivity aspects of the working place activities.

In accordance with § 35 of the Employment Accidents Insurance Act, two per cent (1.7 % as of 2005) of the insurance premium of employers who have a legal obligation to insure is given to the Finnish Work Environment Fund as income. With these resources, the Fund is able to support financially, research and development projects related to working-life and the practical application of the results of these research activities. The Fund also finances the activities of the Centre For Occupational Safety. The Fund is able to support activities only when they are carried out in Finland. The Fund's activities are monitored by the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health.

The Finnish Work Environment Fund is administered by social partners and by the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health. On the board there are eight members. Four of them present the employer group and the come from the following confederations: Confederation of Finnish Industries, EK, The Commission For Local Authority Employers (KT) The Employee group is represented by the following central organisations: The Central Organisation of Finnish Trade Unions (SAK), The Finnish Confederation of Salaried Employees (STTK) and The Confederation of Unions for Academic Professionals in Finland (AKAVA). The Board makes the main decisions concerning the funding of different projects and manages the every day work of the Fund.

The seats in the Council of the Fund are also divided between the social partners, Ministry of Social Affairs and Health and the Ministry of Labour. The purpose of the Council is to set the guidelines for the actvities in the Fund and to control the work carried out the Board.

The Finnish Work Environment Fund

Annankatu 34-36 B
FI-00100 Helsinki
Tel: +358-9-6803 3311
Fax: +358-9-6803 3315
E-mail: info@tsr.fi