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Helsinki Deaconess Institute Foundation

Helsinki Deaconess Institute (HDI) was founded in 1867. We started off as a plague hospital, and provided training for young women to help people in distress, to be deaconesses. Diaconic work was already at that time the mainstay of our work. 150 years later, HDI still labours at the same task: providing support for those who need it the most.

All parts of Helsinki Deaconess Institute are closely integrated with Finland's welfare society and its development. HDI has three individual operational methods. Our values and the foundation's codes of conduct set the course, and we share a common goal: HDI contributes to the building of a society where the wellbeing of every person and the service provider's responsibility for human dignity and social integrity go hand in hand.

Operational methods

1. Non-profit Diaconia
Helsinki Deaconess Institute is a non-profit public utility foundation that tackles issues in the areas of society where human dignity is threatened for one reason or another. Education and citizen participation play a key role in these activities.

2. Diaconia-based business operations
Helsinki Deaconess Institute practises diaconia-based business operations within the public market, serving as a partner of the public sec¬tor in producing and devel¬oping services for the most vulnerable. The Deaconess Institute seeks to cover its own expenses and carry these operations out in a profitable manner.

3. For-profit business operations
Through its subsidiaries, Helsinki Deaconess Institute operates in the competitive market for health care and nursing services. The objec¬tive of these operations is to produce a financial profit.

Helsinki Deaconess Institute Group

Together with its subsidiaries and the Helsinki Deaconess Institute, the Foundation forms a group of social enterprises, in which each part contributes to fulfilling the purpose of the Foundation. The subsidiaries include Diacor terveyspalvelut Oy, Helsingin Diakonissalaitoksen Hoiva Oy and ten property companies. The Foundation and all its service-providing subsidiaries have a social enterprise label.The Group employs around 1,600 people. The Group has an annual turnover of around 150 million euros.

Governing bodies

The governing bodies of Helsinki Deaconess Institute include the Supervisory Board, Board of Directors, and the Directorate of Helsinki Diakonia College. The Executive Group is composed of the Director of the Foundation and Directors of the various functions.

pdfRules of the Helsinki Deaconess Institute Foundation sr 

pdfCode of Conduct of Helsinki Deaconess Institute

pdfCode of Conduct for Suppliers of Helsinki Deaconess Institute

pdfCorporate Responsibility for Donor and Supplier Cooperation with Helsinki Deaconess Institute

Our services and citizen participation constitute a community in which service users and their close ones, professionals, peers, volunteers and
partners work together to build a better tomorrow.