Turku and Siemens agree pioneering strategic cooperation
The City of Turku and Siemens Osakeyhtiö have signed a groundbreaking three-year strategic cooperation agreement. This is the first time that one of the world's largest conglomerates Siemens has made such a long-term strategic cooperation agreement with a city
It is also, from the City of Turku’s point of view, the first long-term development cooperation agreement in Finland to cover several different sectors in the municipal and private sectors.
– This is a unique opportunity for us to benefit from the global expertise and experience in developing sustainable urban solutions that a company such as Siemens has. The most important project is the present and future well-being of the citizens of Turku, says Aleksi Randell Mayor of Turku.
Three initial focus areas
The cooperation will focus on concrete projects. From the outset, the work will have three subjects: An impact assessment of the light railroad planned for Turku, sustainable development for the new residential area in Skanssi and business activities that are enabled by municipal finance models.
Cooperation includes, for example, sustainable development-related information sharing and research. The results should include explanations which are made public. Invitations to tender-related projects are always organised according to public procurement law and policy.
Long-term cooperation is important
Both parties will learn new types of approaches during the three-year period. At the same time it will support the region’s development and environment as well as the well-being of city dwellers.
– Co-operation with the business community must be sustained. We are looking for this style of long partnership in order to develop a sustainable city. Invitations to tender that constantly emphasise the price sometimes lead to poor outcomes. That’s why long-term cooperation with the business community is important, says Randell.
– The majority of the world's cities are medium-sized – about 200,000 inhabitants. Such cities can do a lot to benefit the environment and their residents' well-being. Siemens provides innovative solutions and services for overcoming the challenges facing urban areas, for example, in transport, buildings and smart power grids, says Kohtanen.
Siemens and Turku's co-operation began during the international Urban Infrastructure programme belonging to the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) . In addition to Siemens, several other international companies participated in the project. A summary of the project was published in the autumn of 2011. The project provides a number of concrete measures and procedures, which will make it possible to support the sustainable development of Turku.
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