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Sustainability is part of our everyday work. It has been an integral component of our strategy for a long time, and we have measured our success e.g. by participating in the Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB) assessment.

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We are updating our sustainability programme in the fall of 2022.

Sustainability focus and objectives 2019-2022

For SATO, sustainability is about concrete actions. In 2018 we developed a systematic way of operating in order to clarify matters related to housing health and, with the introduction of the digital OmaSATO service, we brought housing services within easy reach of our customers – anywhere, anytime. In 2019 we linked our sustainability goals more strongly to our strategy and everyday operations, continued water and energy saving measures, and put an effort on housing health and communality. In 2021 we published our green financing framework and released SATO's very first green bond.

The 2021 sustainability objectives and their fulfilment presents a summary of our sustainability objectives and actions, and their connection to the UN Sustainable Development Goals are reported here »

In addition to our environmental objectives, we are committed to the goals of the climate partnership with the City of Helsinki and the energy efficiency agreement in the real estate industry.

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Sustainability guides our operations

We commit to sustainable development, and it is important to us to communicate openly both the successes and the issues in need of development. We act against the grey economy, and ensure we have a responsible service and procurement chain.

  • We publish an annual sustainability report based on the recommendations of the GRI.

  • We communicate the development of customer satisfaction.

  • We only work with companies registered in’s Reliable Partner service.

  • Unauthorized sub-contractor chains are prohibited.

  • In our construction sites, all employees have tax numbers.

  • We commit to follow national standards for sustainable procurement and lifecycle calculation.

We respond to climate change

SATO takes the environment into count in its operations. We are lowering the emissions originating from our operations. We aim to be carbon neutral by 2030 on the account of the energy consumption of our properties. We support our customers in their environmentally sustainable everyday living choices.

  • We reduce the specific consumption of energy by 9% from the level of year 2015.

  • We reduce the specific consumption of water by 6% from the level of year 2018.

  • We reduce the specific emissions of greenhouse gases by 18,5% from the level of year 2018.

  • We reduce the lifecycle carbon footprint of -5%, as the period of examination in lifetime is 50 years.

  • We promote the circular economy by reducing the amount of construction waste by sorting, and by channeling usable materials for recycling.

  • We invest by good public transport and services, which are located less than a kilometer from busy public transportation stops.

  • We support our tenant´s possibilities to live without an own car.

  • We reduce the share of mixed waste annually by 10%.

  • We investigate the possibility of geothermal heating in all new construction and major renovation projects.

We take care of our employees

We hope our personnel values SATO as good, innovative and sustainable place of work. We support our personnel and take care of their safety at work.

  • Our values are reflected in the work of all employees.

  • Employees feel that they are able to develop, and their skills will be even better utilized at SATO.

  • Employees think that supervisory work is of a high standard everywhere in SATO (SATO Syke on a scale of 1 to 5 with at least 4).

  • Digital competence is at the level required by the business in all units.

  • We follow and investigate ways to reduce emissions from commuting.

  • Seamless communication between SATO and its partners regarding threat situations.

  • Work accidents and their causes are monitored in every SATO construction site.

  • Zero tolerance for harassment and inappropriate behavior.

We create well-being for our residents and the society

In SATO houses the neighbors value each other, and our homes are safe and healthy to live in. We aim to prevent unequality in residential areas by working together with the city officials.

  • Digital solutions and sensors support energy efficiency and healthy living.

  • Appropriate repair activities ensure safe and healthy living.

  • In new construction and major renovations all apartment indoor materials have M1 emission classification.

  • SATO employees and SATO’s partners act as an example of communality.

  • We participate in the development of neighborhoods and a variety of social projects.

Sustainability management and legislation

The Corporate Management Group deals with all key issues for the management of the Group such as matters related to the strategy, budgeting, investments, business planning, and financial reporting. The Corporate Management Group also executes the decisions of the Board of Directors.

SATO’s Sustainability Workgroup, which convenes quarterly, prepares the guidelines for environmental work, the target level and the proposal for an action programme. The group plans and coordinates sustainability-related measures, development work and reporting. The group is also responsible for SATO’s internal sustainability communication and prepares presentations on sustainability-related issues for the Corporate Management Group to decide upon.

Practical measures and development targets related to sustainability are involved in the action plans of SATO’s different units, and the Sustainability Workgroup monitors their progress.

  • SATO’s asset management and energy- and environmental matters are the responsibility of the Rental Housing Business Unit and Investment unit. The responsibility of the technical lifecycle is not only to prepare and budget for renovations but also to manage smaller repair projects and guide energy management.

  • Housing support and partnerships management, that are part of the Rental Housing Business unit, are responsible for maintenance partner guidance. SATO monitors and guides activity in close co-operation with service companies and building managers.

  • • SATO’s Investment unit and technical life cycle management are responsible for environmental matters concerning construction and major repair work.

  • SATO’s procurement team acts as an aid to business and other support functions and takes care of competitive tendering in co-operation with them.


The environmental norms of Finnish legislation set high targets for operations. Protection of the built environment and energy efficiency are regulated in, for example, the Land Use and Building Act, the Nature Conservation Act and in the Act on Energy Certificates for Buildings.

More about the legislation »
More about the energy certificates (in Finnish) »