The City of Helsinki actively promotes equality among its personnel and in its services.
By equality the City refers to the act on equality between women and men and equality of sexual minorities that took effect in 1987. The act was complemented in 2005 to mandate cities to promote equality between women and men. The City of Helsinki signed a charter on equality in Europe in 2008, which commits the City to promote equality between the genders in the City services and to produce an equality plan for services and operations.
The City acts systematically in promoting equality. According to the act on equality that took effect in 2004, no one can be discriminated against because of age, ethnic or national origin, nationality, language, religion, faith, views, health, disability, sexual orientation or other personal reason. Members of the personnel are treated as individuals so that they can work in the best possible manner fulfilling their rights and responsibilities.
The City of Helsinki actively seeks means to promote equality and broad-based diversity among its personnel. One of the means to the goal is anonymous job application, which has been pilot-tested. It is intended to encourage people to apply for City jobs regardless of their first language, nationality, age, gender or sexual orientation as well as promoting everyone’s opportunities to be recruited.
All City decisions are made with consideration to gender, equality and the environment.