Ethics Talk Live on Responsible Leadership

MAY 11 2021 · Virtual from HELSINKI

 15-16 EEST

Increased demands on companies to show “responsible leadership” has witnessed that sustainability reports and value statements are not sufficient. Investors, the capital markets, employees and the general public expects companies to take responsibility, to behave ethically in all aspects of business. Usually the value becomes evident in a scandal, when responsible leadership is lacking. Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) aspects should be prioritized while generating good financial results.

Join us on May 11 at 3 PM EEST for the EthicsTalk Live on Responsible Leadership.

We will host a live streamed EthicsTalk show together with our collaboration partners DLA Piper and MySpeaker.

With us we will have Mika Vehviläinen, a seasoned CEO with experience from Nokia, Finnair and Cargotec. Mika was a speaker at our first Business Ethics Day in 2019, his perspective was praised by the audience and he was rated as the best speaker. Mika is honest about his personal failures, ethical dilemmas and decision making in the grey zone. He is a firm believer of that ethical business is the only business that makes sense although it requires hard and persistent work. 

We will also be joined by Niko Pakalén, a seasoned investor and Board professional. Niko is a partner at Cevian Capital, an active ownership firm who acquires significant minority ownership in European public companies and works to advance sustainable and responsible business. Cevian Capital recently announced that they will actively drive integration of ESG metrics in management incentive programs to ensure long-term value creation. We will hear from Niko how far an investor should be willing to go to advance ethical business.

As Mika and Niko are both Board professionals, we will also share our perspective on what Board members should do to support Ethics & Compliance officers. We will also discuss the risk of that Board reporting will become a source of false comfort and what they should look out for. 

The EthicsTalk LIVE is hosted in cooperation with DLA Piper and with us we will have Anne Lojamo, who will bring the perspective of an external advisor. How can you spot irresponsible leadership, and more importantly what can you as an external advisor do about this? 


14:45    Registration to the virtual seminar

15:00    Welcome from the moderators – Anna Romberg & Niina Ratsula, NBE Founders

A few words to dive into the topic and introducing the Ethics Talk LIVE partners and guests Mika Vehviläinen, CEO of Cargotec, Niko Pakalen, Partner at Cevian and Anne Lojamo, COO at DLA Piper Finland.

15:10   Discussion Responsible Leadership

Anna and Niina will moderate the discussion around the following questions:

  • What does Responsible Leadership look like?
  • What is the value from ESG? Is it a nice to have or must have?
  • How is ESG integrated in business operations in practice?
  • Walk the talk – How should responsibility be visible in incentives, rewards and corporate culture?

The moderators will also take in questions from the audience, which can be presented during the Ethics Talk via chat.

15:45   Q&A with the audience

16:00   Closing

Time zone is on EET (Helsinki)


Anne Lojamo, COO at DLA Piper Finland

Anne Lojamo is Head of People and Operations at a global business law firm DLA Piper in Finland. Anne leads the firm’s business service areas in Finland and marketing and business development in the Nordics. She has two decades of experience in professional services in international firms. Anne is a member of the management team.  

Anna Romberg & Niina Ratsula, the founders of NBE will moderate the event.

Mika Vehviläinen, CEO of Cargotec

Mika Vehviläinen is the CEO of Cargotec, a leading provider of cargo and load handling solutions. Mika is also a member of Danfoss Board of Directors.

Before joining Cargotec in 2013, Mika was the President and CEO of Finnair. Prior to Finnair, Mika has held multiple executive positions at Nokia and Nokia Siemens Networks. He holds a Master of Economics degree from Helsinki School of Economics. 

Mika is an experienced, human-centered and distinguished senior executive, with wide insight into technology, sustainability and global working cultures. He has a strong track record of achieving results in fast-moving, versatile and global organisations.  In his free time, Mika spends time at his summer house, sailing, cycling and cross-country skiing.

Niko Pakalen, Partner at Cevian

Niko Pakalen is a partner at Cevian Capital, the leading European active ownership fund with c. EUR 14bn of assets under management. Niko has been with Cevian since 2011 and before that he worked as an investment banker at Danske Bank Corporate Finance. 

At Cevian, Niko is responsible for the firm’s investments in Nordea, Metso Outotec, Ericsson, RSA Group, TietoEvry and Neles. Niko is Member of the Board of Directors of TietoEVRY and Neles and Member of the Nomination Boards of Nordea and Metso Outotec.

Niko is actively involved in Cevian’s ESG work with their portfolio companies, including the recently launched initiative seeking to include significant, measurable and transparent ESG targets in management compensation systems from 2022 onwards.


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