School of Business

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at the School of Business

At Aalto University School of Business we aspire to have a diverse and inclusive student pool and faculty. Business is one of the most powerful ways to change the world. We actively work towards supporting current and future professionals with diverse backgrounds. When diverse talents are celebrated, we are able to conduct better business which in turn leads to a better society.

Aalto University School of Business is actively integrating equality, diversity and inclusion into the everyday operations of the School. We are committed in supporting all D&I work to the best of our capabilities. For instance, starting 2021, the School is a member in the National Gender Studies Network Hilma. We believe that it is integral to raise awareness regarding D&I matters and continuously work to develop the competence levels of our staff, students, and partners. There is still a lot of work ahead of us and we recognize the need for adequate personnel resources in order to create widespread positive change among D&I matters.


School's EDI committee 

Aalto University Schools each have an Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) committee, led by the Development Manager or equivalent. The EDI committees prepare School Equality action plans and are responsible for implementation and follow-up of equality, diversity and inclusion matters at the School level. The School of Business EDI committee members can be found here

If you have any questions on Diversity and Inclusion at Aalto University, you may contact your school's equality, diversity & inclusion contact persons or the Equality committee coordinator and University Diversity Officer Ida Salin.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Committee at the School of Business

The School of Business Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Committee is committed to fostering and coordinating the work of equality, diversity and inclusion within the school. The mandate period of the current EDI Committee lasts until December 31, 2024.

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Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at Aalto

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Kuvassa eri-ikäisiä ja erimaalaisia ihmisiä työskentelemässä yhdessä. Kuva: Aleksi Poutanen

Equality, diversity and inclusion at Aalto

We aim to be a diverse and inclusive community where all students, faculty, staff and stakeholders feel a sense of belonging and can fulfill their professional, educational and social aspirations fully.

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MONTA group

The predecessor of the School's EDI committee was an equality, diversity and inclusion committee called the MONTA group. MONTA stems from the Finnish words for monimuotoisuus and tasa-arvo. Read more about MONTA here:

Ulkokuva Kauppakorkeakoulusta. Kuva: Unto Rautio / Aalto-yliopisto

MONTA group aims at advancing diversity and inclusion at the School of Business

Katja Toropainen, the founder of Inklusiiv and graduate student of the School, also makes a call for more discussion and sharing of best practices about diversity in organizations.


Published work relating to equality, diversity and inclusion

Many students at the School of Business have made their MSc theses on topics related to diversity, equality, and inclusion. Below is a list of some of these exciting, recent theses. The works can be accessed through Aalto University’s Learning Center.

  • Erkko, E. (2020). Permanent guests or committed settlers? Sense of belonging and return intentions among European migrants in Denmark.
  • Heikkinen, T. (2020). Effects of Social Support on Identity Construction and Relocation Outcomes of Academic Expatriates.
  • Lin, K. (2020). Seeing Finnish culture through the glasses of Eastern culture: Describing comparative perception of Asian Expatriates towards different cultural dimensions between Finland and their home countries.
  • Nieminen, M. (2020). Exploring the talent boost index: management and leadership of skilled migrants in SMEs.
  • Polanco, R. (2020). A Global Comparison of Diversity Assessment Tools.
  • Pudas, A. (2021). Family Background, STEM Education, and the Gender Gap in Inventing - A Study. 
  • Ruuhilahti, R. (2020). Investors' Expectations for a Feasible Pitch in the 2020s. Pitching During Covid-19 Pandemic and the Role of Gender Identification in Pitching.
  • Virta, J. (2020). The Role of International Professionals in Firm Internationalization – A Case Study of Finnish SMEs.
  • Wikberg, E. (2020). Critical Visual Discourse Analysis of Diversity and Differences on Finnish Company Websites. A Case Study of Wolt and Freska.

Community actions for diversity and inclusion

Events, activities and initiatives taking place at Aalto University School of Business.

Kristallikukat-näyttely. Kuva: Aalto-yliopisto / Mikko Raskinen

School of Business Diversity and Inclusivity Fund

The School of Business is funding projects that foster and encourage diversity, inclusivity and equity

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Ylhäältä otetussa kuvassa opiskelijat istuvat pöydän ääressä Oppimiskeskuksen värikkäissä tiloissa

All Aalto students have access to gender studies

Hilma network offers courses for the students and training for teachers.

KAUTE talks x Aalto University on diversity

KAUTE talks x Aalto University: Diversity and inclusion in organisations

Aalto University and KAUTE Foundation invite you to an online event on Tuesday 2 February at 9–10.30. The morning is hosted by Professor Rebecca Piekkari. Join us for an insightful and inspiring morning!

Kuvassa näkyvät Puttonen & Vilkkumaa -podcastin juontajat, professori Vesa Puttonen ja apulaisprofessori Eeva Vilkkumaa.

New podcast: Puttonen & Vilkkumaa

The new podcast from the School of Business discusses the idea that better business builds a better society.

Close-up photo of Katja Toropainen standing at a bay.

School of Business student Katja Toropainen: What keeps me inspired is the hope that we can make an impact

Katja Toropainen, the founder of Inklusiiv, talks about her studies in Information and Service Management (ISM) and her entrepreneurial career.


Equality implementation plan

This is an overview of the school’s equality implementation plan in 2021.

More on Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at Aalto University

Further information, resources and tools.

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How to intervene to harassment and inappropriate conduct

The Code of Conduct is one way of putting our values and way of working - the foundation of our community culture - into practice.

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EDI Learning Hub

Practical tips for fostering diversity and inclusion.

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Development agenda for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI)

EDI Plan summarise the principles and actions towards more equal, diverse and inclusive community.

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People doing group work, photo by Aleksi Poutanen

Community actions for diversity and inclusion

We all contribute to equality, inclusion and diversity of our community in our everyday life working and studying at Aalto. All of our daily encounters with colleagues, students, faculty, partners and collaborators build are opportunities to build an inclusive culture.

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The Future-led Learning Podcast is hosted by Riikka Evans. Photograph: Janne Illman.
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"I'm more corageous." - Why co-teaching. Listen to a podcast

New season of Future-led learning podcast takes you to a very practical level of working with students. This season includes topical issues such as academic advising, inclusion, co-teaching and sustainability. Topic for the last episode of this season is co-teaching.
Ida Salin, photo by Linda Lehtovirta.
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Ida Salin: It takes courage to speak up

'The EDI topics involve a social debate that can stir up strong emotions, including polarisation. When I started the assignment, I was nervous about whether I could talk about the right issues in the right way.'
A Grid. Opiskelijoita istumassa tyynyillä ja työskentelemässä yhdessä.
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Aalto BIZ Case Development Center project aims at supporting equity, diversity, and inclusion in teaching

The School of Business is funding projects and initiatives that foster and encourage diversity, inclusivity and equity
The Future-led Learning Podcast is hosted by Riikka Evans. Photograph: Janne Illman.
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What is academic advising? Listen to a podcast

The final season of the future-led learning podcast takes us to a very practical level. The themes of the season include the current themes of academic guidance, inclusion in teaching, co-teaching and sustainable development. In the fourth episode of the season host Riikka Evans discusses academic advising and how it supports the student's studies with senior university lecturer Kyösti Ruuttunen.


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