IATA has appointed Finnair's Vice President,
Sustainable Development Kati Ihamäki a member of its Environment
Committee. The committee currently has 15 members from major
airlines around the world.
“This was the first time that Finnair's
representative had applied to become a member of the Environment
Committee, and we hadn't previously been chosen as an external
observer member either. The appointment is partly recognition of
our successful environmental work,” said Ihamäki.
selects members of its Environment Committee experts who have
achieved a prominent position in environmental work in their own
The Environment Committee acts as an advisor to IATA's
management bodies, and implements IATA strategies relating to
At the moment the committee has an important
role monitoring the position of the sector in relation to climate
change and emissions trading.
Finnair has been engaged in
environmental work for two decades. Finnair's environmental
organisation was founded in the early 1990s and the company
published an environmental report for the first time in 1997.
Since then the report has been published regularly each year. This
year, however, Finnair published a GRI report covering corporate
social responsibility as a whole - one of the first airlines to do
so. Finnair's first Vice President Sustainable Development, Kati
Ihamäki, was appointed to the post at the beginning of 2008.
In addition to Finnair, IATA's Environmental Committee has
representatives from Air France, All Nippon Airways, British
Airways, Cathay Pacific, Continental, Delta Air Lines, Etihad,
Federal Express, Lufthansa, Qantas, Qatar Airways, Singapore
Airlines, TAP Air Portugal and Virgin Atlantic.
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