POAS is a Social Enterprise
The Finnish Social Enterprise Mark can be held by companies that have been set up to solve social and environmental problems and dedicate most of their profits to this purpose. The mark is a reliable way of communicating that the company has been set up to solve societal challenges.
We promote social wellbeing and quality of life. We make it possible for young people and students to live in a safe, comfortable and affordable apartment. We prevent societal exclusion by enabling student and sports club activities. Common good is our responsibility.
POAS has an EcoCompass environmental certificate. In accordance with the national EcoCompass system, we have committed to developing the management of our environmental matters and following the system’s criteria in our operations.
For POAS, environmental responsibility means taking responsibility of the environmental impacts caused by our operations. The management of these impacts has been integrated into the everyday operations of our company.
POAS’ board of directors, management and all employees have committed to taking environmental matters into account in their own work. We will maintain this commitment by providing all POAS employees with knowledge, training and other tools for managing and developing environmental matters. Our goal is to also increase the environmental awareness of our tenants and require commitment to environmental issues from all our partners in accordance with our values.
During the initial EcoCompass review, the environmental impacts of the company’s operations were identified. The key areas that were chosen for POAS’ three-year environmental programme (2018–2020) were decreasing energy consumption (water and heating energy), waste management and environmental communication. From 1st of July 2019 all our properties are heated with 100 % renewable energy sources.
Our goal is to improve our current practices and find whole new operational models for the future in order to achieve the goals defined in our environmental programme.