Risk management

The goal of risk management is to ensure that Metsähallitus can achieve its targets and meet its statutory obligations and that operational continuity can be safeguarded.

Operating approach

Risks are managed by means of a determined risk management process. The Metsähallitus Board of Directors oversees the functioning and comprehensiveness of risk management and approves the risk management policy. The Audit Committee assists the Board of Directors in monitoring the risk management.

The Managing Director has overall responsibility for risk management and for ensuring that the operations are in compliance with the requirements. The Head of Risk Management at Metsähallitus owns the risk management process and is in charge of the coordination, development, guidance and reporting models of risk management as well as the support of the organisation’s risk management. The managers of the business units and subsidiaries are responsible for the risk management of their regions or companies and for ensuring that they are in compliance with the regulations.

Metsähallitus takes a moderate stance on risk taking. The significance of risks is assessed as a combination of the probability and impacts of any given incident and they are managed where they arise.



Risks pertaining to the operations of Metsähallitus

Key risks:

  • negative impacts on biodiversity arising from Metsähallitus’ actions
  • inability to ensure sustainable use of nature sites as the visitor numbers are increasing rapidly
  • lack of diversity in personnel structure and unfair treatment of staff members
  • risks pertaining to the occupational safety of the personnel and contractors and the lack of responsibility shown by the partners.


Key responsibility-related risks:

  • negative impacts on biodiversity arising from Metsähallitus’ actions
  • inability to ensure sustainable use of nature sites as the visitor numbers are increasing rapidly
  • lack of diversity in personnel structure and unfair treatment of staff members
  • risks pertaining to the occupational safety of the personnel and contractors and the lack of responsibility shown by the partners.

Operational risks:
  • natural conditions and uncertainties pertaining to the functioning of the information systems


Moreover, the appreciation of the Metsähallitus activities in wilderness services, recreational activities, conservation and forest management has an impact on its operational prerequisites. The success of the development projects in progress has an effect on the operational performance and the attainment of objectives.



Risk management in 2017

Even though Metsähallitus was able to successfully manage most of its risks during 2017, there were also areas were improvements are required. These concerned such areas as personnel competence and the ensuring of compliance and of the functioning of the ICT environment.

In 2017, the focus was on ensuring compliance with the data protection legislation that will enter into force in 2018. In winter 2017, a nature information hut and a firewood shed in Utsjoki were destroyed in an arson, which weakened the customer service of Metsähallitus and its operational prerequisites in the area.


Photo: Jari Salonen