Briefly in English

Briefly in English

EcoCompass is

An environmental management system (EMS) and a certificate

which helps you to…

  • make your business more sustainable
  • improve your competitive advantage
  • prevent environmental risks
  • identify your most relevant environmental impacts
  • focus on concrete actions
  • effectively communicate about your environmental performance

A set of environmental management tools


  • identifying your most relevant environmental impacts 
  • creating environmental program with objectives and concrete measures
  • learning relevant environmental laws and regulations
  • engaging employees and partners in your environmental work.

As an environmental management tool EcoCompass was clear and easy to use

– Slush


The EcoCompass certificate demonstrates commitment to continuously improving and complying with the following 10 criteria of EcoCompass:


1. The organisation is committed to follow environmental legislation
and regulations concerning its operations.

2. The organisation has an EcoCompass Contact Person,
who has participated in EcoCompass training.

3. The organisation investigates the present state of its environmental management.
It recognises its most significant environmental impacts.
EcoCompass helps in this process. 

4. The organisation sets an environmental pledge
and commits to reduce its environmental impacts
according to the principles of continuous improvement.  

5. The organisation instructs its personnel
to take environmental aspects into account in its work. 

The organisation has a waste management plan
and it keeps track of waste management regulations. 

7. The organisation monitors its hazardous waste and keeps it separated.
Hazardous waste is stored safely
and delivered to appropriate waste treatment.

8. Chemicals used in the organisation are stored and catalogued according to chemical legislation. Safety data sheets are available for personnel. Safe handling of chemicals is taught to personnel.

9. The organisation creates an environmental program, which includes objectives and measures to reduce environmental impacts. The environmental program is updated annually. The objectives are set at least once in three years. The objectives are set at least for two areas of environmental liability and they are based on most significant environmental impacts of the organisation. An EcoCompass Advisor supports throughout the process.

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10. The organisation reports key environmental figures and actualization of the measures annually. Management and personnel are aware of the progress of environmental work in the organisation.

Management and history 

EcoCompass is a registered trademark owned by FANC (the Finnish Association for Nature Conservation), which is the oldest and largest environmental NGO in Finland.  

EcoCompass was founded in 2009 based on international standards on environmental management ISO 14001 and EMAS. But it was designed to be simpler and less expensive than them and thus served better the needs of SMEs (small and medium sized organisations). EcoCompass was first founded by the City of Helsinki. Also cities of Espoo, Vantaa and Kauniainen participated in its development. EcoCompass tools for events were developed by the Finnish Olympic Committee and the Finnish Ministry for Education and Culture.

FANC has been the owner of the trademark since 2018. Operational activities of EcoCompass are managed in Kinos Oy, which is a subsidiary of FANC. The CEO of Kinos is Riku Eskelinen. Chairman of the Board of Kinos is Svante Suominen and the other board members are Kaisa Kurittu and Harri Hölttä.


Contact us 

General email:  

Riku Eskelinen, CEO
Phone: +358 505727782

Heidi Salonen, Key Account Manager, Environmental Manager
Phone: +358 44 551 2106

Suvi Järvi, Chief Design Officer
Phone: +358 40 534 4425

Anu Elo, Communication and Environmental Sustainability Specialist
Phone: +358 40 593 5204