Responsibility at Heureka
Heureka’s strategy includes a promise of our responsibility:
Ecological, social and economic sustainability steer all our activities.
Responsibility and sustainable development are part of our experience offering. Heureka constantly displays content that increases awareness of responsibility. For example, climate change, biodiversity and social responsibility are included in our exhibition content, programme services and events.
Ecological responsibility at Heureka
Visit Finland has developed a Sustainable Travel Finland (STF) programme and label for the sustainable development of the Finnish tourism industry. Heureka is involved in the programme and has completed the STF label. Heureka was awarded the EkoCompass environmental certificate on 7 November 2023. The Finnish Association for Nature Conservation’s EcoCompass is one of the best-known industry-independent environmental systems in Finland. The system is based on the international ISO 14001 standard. The EcoCompass environmental programme helps Heureka implement environmental acts in a goal-oriented and orderly manner. It will help us build an environmental programme for our own operating environment with objectives and measures to reduce our environmental impact and increase the positive handprint. The completed environmental programme was audited externally on 7 November 2023, and the certificate was issued after the audit.
Heureka’s environmental promise
Heureka, the Finnish Science Centre takes environmental aspects into account in all its activities and develops its activities to reduce adverse environmental impacts. We encourage our staff and visitors to be ecological and sustainable. Heureka increases environmental awareness through its content.
Heureka uses Finnish electrical energy produced only with 100% renewable energy sources. Heating is carried out with 100% renewable geothermal energy. In the autumn of 2023, solar panels were installed on the roof of the Heureka extension, which can cover an estimated 5% of Heureka’s energy needs. In the future, the goal is to increase the number of solar panels as we carry out renovation measures on the roof.
We have reduced our energy consumption in a variety of ways, including reducing the temperature of our premises during the heating season and switching to LED lighting. Our goal is to constantly find new ways to reduce our energy and electricity consumption.
It is important for us to sort and recycle waste, as well as to minimise material consumption. Ecology is a strong guiding principle as we design our exhibition projects and other productions. Training has been arranged for our employees on the environmental impact of various materials, procurement and related transport.
The general principle is to plan Heureka’s self-produced temporary exhibitions so that they can be recycled through export activities. The goal is for exhibitions to tour at least 2–4 destinations after Heureka. The planning takes into account that the life cycle of exhibitions should be around 10 years or more. Heureka’s exhibitions have been exported abroad since 1990.
Use of public transport
The 2021 and 2022 carbon footprint calculations showed that well over half of Heureka’s carbon footprint consisted of visitors coming to Heureka mainly by their own cars. We want to encourage everyone to come to Heureka by public transport. For example, Heureka is very accessible by train, as it is only a few minutes’ walk from Tikkurila railway station. Heureka is also easily reachable by bike from the nearby area, and there is also a city bike station in front of Heureka.Read more from our arrival instructions.
Heureka Shop’s sustainable solutions
Heureka Shop’s carbon footprint was 34 tonnes of CO2eq. in the 2022 calculation. This corresponds to the annual carbon emissions of about 3–4 average Finns. More than half the carbon footprint comes from the shop’s products. The aim is to reduce the environmental damage caused by products by increasing the number of products that are environmentally certified and made from recycled materials, for example.
Sustainability at The Science Restaurant
The food selection at the Heureka Science Restaurant is rich in vegetables, and the soup and salad table is completely vegan, for example. Kanresta Oy is responsible for the operations of the Heureka Science Restaurant. Kanresta distributes its dividends to the Suomen Terveydelle fundraising of its owner, Suomen Kansanterveysyhdistys ry. The donated funds strengthen the main pillars of Finnish public health for the benefit of paediatric research, mental health, cardiovascular diseases and the safety of the elderly. Kanresta has long had the right to use the Finnish Social Enterprise mark as an indication of the successful combination of business and social goals. Its goal is to reduce the environmental load by making sustainable choices and systematically increasing the use of organic products. Kanresta is EcoCompass-certified. Kanresta is a member of the Portaat Luomuun system and the Finnish Organic Food Association Pro Luomu.
Social responsibility at Heureka
Heureka is for everyone. Accessibility, equality and diversity are very important to us and guide all our activities. We are exploring potential audiences and removing barriers to participation. Through inclusive science centre work, we contact underserved audience groups, expand participation and diversify our visitor base. In the name of the Fostering Finnish Science Capital project FINSCI, new means of interaction are used to approach visitors with an immigrant background, for example.
Everyone is welcome at Heureka. We see diversity as a strength and want everyone to be able to enjoy Heureka’s experiences as themselves. We have developed Heureka’s internal equality and non-discrimination plan, which aims to improve the equality of our organisation’s operations.
We are all jointly responsible for a safer Heureka. In the future, we therefore want everyone at Heureka to adhere to our principles for a safe space, which we are currently drafting, and which will be published on our website. Discrimination, harassment and bullying are not allowed at Heureka. Our staff has been instructed to intervene in such activities.
We take accessibility, equality and diversity into account in all our activities and in the exhibitions and other content we produce. Our staff has actively participated in diversity training, which was organised in the autumn of 2023.
We are constantly thinking about diversity in all our work. We carry out our communication so that it reaches a variety of people in ways that are accessible to them. Different kinds of groups have been taken into account in our pricing, and our operations are located in accessible spaces. Heureka offers information and experiences for different senses. Barriers to comprehension have been removed by offering different language options – including plain language. We also take different learning styles into account in our operations.
For more information about the accessibility of our facilities and services: Accessibility – Heureka
Information about digital accessibility can be found in our accessibility statement.
Financial responsibility at Heureka
Heureka, the Finnish Science Centre is operated by the non-profit private Finnish Science Centre Foundation. The foundation’s purpose is to promote general knowledge about science and science work, the results and applications of science, and their effects and significance.
The Science Centre Foundation forms a group of two subsidiaries wholly owned by the foundation: Heureka Overseas Productions Ltd Oy, which manages the export activities of Heureka’s exhibitions, and Tiedekauppa Magneetti Oy, which has stores operating under the name of Heureka Shop at Heureka and Kamppi shopping centre, as well as an online store.
The financial pillars of the Science Centre Foundation are an operating subsidy from the City of Vantaa and a general subsidy from the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture, which together cover about half the annual funding. The most important operating revenue of the foundation’s own operations is ticket revenue. Other significant revenue sources include partnership, subletting and science camp revenues.
Heureka’s visitors also affect the area’s economy. According to studies, each Heureka visitor spends an average of about 50 euros on products and services outside Heureka during their trip.
Heureka influences society by accumulating scientific capital in the spirit of lifelong and lifewide learning. Heureka builds the future of society based on researched information.