To Miia, a researcher developing new food products, it is important that the values of her workplace are not in conflict with her own values.
“In both my work and my everyday life, I want to ensure that the company does not trample on anyone’s rights or pollute and ruin the environment. Environmental protection, human rights and animal rights are the most crucial values to me. We have a wonderful work community. I’m very happy that the atmosphere in the Fazer research team is so genuinely encouraging. We come from different backgrounds, but we have similar views. I can always count on help and support from my co-workers – and they can expect the same from me. I’m in my 30s and I have been working full-time for around six years. My job is a big part of my identity. At its best, work offers a community to belong to and gives an opportunity to learn and grow in many ways. Thanks to my job, I’ve been able to improve my expertise, social skills and presentation skills. However, work shouldn’t define anyone’s worth as a human being and a member of society.”
“We recycle almost everything”
Safety and pure nature are things Wenjun Fu – born in Shanghai, China – appreciates about Finland. Recycling and reducing food waste are important to her.
“I met my husband in middle school. We were classmates. I was a student in the front row with a perfect record, and Lauri was the troublemaker in the back row. I never even glanced at him. Later on, I organised a class reunion, and we got to know each other better. We realised that we were at exactly the same stage in life. We were both studying at the University of Helsinki and we held the same values. We want to lead a sustainable life. For example, I’m a master of making delicious meals out of the scraps in the fridge. I throw the leftovers into a wok pan, give them a stir and break a couple of eggs into the mixture. I buy a lot of my children’s clothes second-hand from online groups. I also sell things through the groups. A lot of our furniture, like our sofa and the dining table and chairs in the kitchen, have been bought second-hand. We rarely throw anything away.”
“I want my inheritance to be pure nature”
Protecting the environment is dear to farmer Erik Oljemark’s heart.
“I want the future generations to be able to enjoy pure nature. I have nine grandchildren: the oldest, a boy, is 14 years old, and the youngest, a girl, just a couple of weeks old. Our grandchildren work with us in the fields and love feeding our chickens. What is most exciting to them is getting to drive the tractor while sitting on their grandpa’s knee. I am the chairman of a Swedish-speaking organisation that gives advice to farmers, and being able to offer accurate and useful information is important to me. We want the climate change discussion to be based on facts. My hope is that people understand that farming is entirely dependent on the well-being of the environment. Healthy plant populations are the best thing for both farmers and the environment. Poorly maintained fields benefit no-one. Every farmer who’s concerned with their grandchildren and the future works to protect the environment.”