Provided the Finnish government with proposals to help save jobs
Location: Finland, Helsinki
“Our role was to turn business needs into concrete policy proposals”
Industry trade associations played a very important role during the COVID-19 outbreak. In Finland, this role was tackled head on by the Confederation of Finnish Industries (EK). “Our role consisted of providing the public sector with proposals and assistance, such as emergency measures to save businesses and jobs,” says Tellervo Kylä-Harraka-Ruonala, member of EK and of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC). “To ensure that we were always up to speed with what businesses were going through, we conducted on the ground surveys.” Examples of proposal submitted by EK include a roadmap for lifting restrictions, as well as a list of companies able to produce protective equipment in Finland. EK also prepared – together with its branch organisations – a set of good practices for its member companies. They explain the safe return to workplaces, safe provision of services, and safe transport practices.