Providing employment for thousands of people
Metsähallitus is a manager of large areas of land and a major provider of employment in northern and eastern Finland and its activities have significant impacts on the economies of these regions. In accordance with its general social obligations, Metsähallitus gives high priority to providing employment opportunities.
Metsähallitus has extensive operations in the regions
By purchasing services from private operators, Metsähallitus supports entrepreneurship, especially in small municipalities. Metsähallitus purchases all timber harvesting work and timber transport as well as a large proportion of the forest management and forest improvement work from private entrepreneurs.
When purchasing contracted services, Metsähallitus observes the legislation on public procurement. Promoting healthy competition and equal and non-discriminatory treatment of entrepreneurs are the key principles in the legislation.
In 2017, Metsähallitus had contracts with about 400 forestry entrepreneurs employing about 2,000 persons. Tourist and recreational use of nature reserves and hiking areas also provided employment for entrepreneurs in visitor services and maintenance. More services at the nature sites will be outsourced to local entrepreneurs in the coming years.
Employment impacts of Metsähallitus activities and the number of entrepreneurs and contracts in 2017
Photo: Keijo Kallunki