VVO Group Plc’s operations are based on the provision of a diverse range of safe, high-quality rental housing. VVO Group seeks to participate in debate on Finnish housing policy to improve the standing of rental housing.

The anti-grey economy models used by the company exceed legislative requirements in many respects. We continuously monitor the fulfilment of contractor obligations for all of the companies in our supplier network through the Reliable Partner service at the website.

During the second quarter, VVO Group and Lassila & Tikanoja signed an agreement that defines and specifies the responsible sourcing operating model adhered to in the cooperation between the companies. Taking the Contractor’s Obligations Act into account in the cooperation agreement means that the party ordering a service must review and ensure that, when using external labour, the contractual partner fulfils its statutory obligations. The Group signed a similar agreement with ISS in December 2014.

VVO Group will continue its climate partnership agreement with the City of Helsinki. The Group has also committed to following the Rental Property Action Plan (VAETS), which has set a 2016 heating energy savings target of seven per cent compared to 2009. The Rental Property Action Plan (VAETS) savings targets for 2016 have already been achieved and, with regard to property electricity consumption, have even been exceeded.

Under the Virkeä programme, sponsorships were awarded to 30 promising athletes in the application round of the spring 2015. The sponsorship grant may be awarded to a young athlete of 12–20 years of age who has shown commitment and desire to succeed in his/her sport. A total of 205 grants have been awarded since 2012. In 2015, the Virkeä athletes are Lassi Etelätalo (athletics), Henry Manni (wheelchair racing), Nooralotta Neziri (athletics), Venla Paunonen (athletics), Tommi Pulli (speed skating), Mimosa Jallow (swimming) and Jenni Saarinen (figure skating).

VVO Group’s Annual Report was awarded the prize for the best annual report in 2014 in the unlisted companies category of ProCom’s annual report competition.