About us

DIF – The Directors’ Institute of Finland (Hallitusammattilaiset ry) – is a non-profit association of Finnish business leaders and corporate non-executive directors which aims to promote and contribute to the development of good corporate governance. The association publishes policy and position papers, guidelines and recommendations on corporate governance and other important issues relating to the work of corporate boards and non-executive directors.

The association raises awareness and carries out its mission through influencing, educating and networking. In partnership with other professional organizations and experts, the Directors’ Institute of Finland (DIF) contributes to the development of the professional capabilities of its members, and thus also enhances its position as leader in the national debate on corporate governance.

The Mission

The Directors’ Institute of Finland (DIF) helps support the success, profitability and growth of Finnish businesses.

DIF is a non-profit organization with the aim of promoting corporate governance and standards, and contributing to the work of corporate boards and non-executive directors through influencing, educating and networking. DIF is a member organization of the European Confederation of Directors’ Associations (ecoDa), which was founded in 2004.

The Vision

The Directors’ Institute of Finland is a leading forum for the development of corporate governance and standards in the country.

DIF develops the professional skills and expertise of its members and promotes good governance and the success of Finnish companies. It is an influential membership organization and an active participant in the national debate on corporate governance.

The role of corporate boards is increasingly important. Globalization of business and markets has led to broader responsibilities, new challenges and increased work-loads facing non-executive directors, requiring good corporate governance practices and skills.

Principles and values of the association

The Directors’ Institute of Finland acts by:

  • Influencing: position-taking and influencing important issues relating to corporate board responsibilities and governance
  • Educating: providing tools for our members to develop their professional skills and expertise
  • Networking: providing opportunities for our members to meet and connect and connecting and cooperating with other professional associations and organizations.

The values of the association are based on integrity, enhancing shareholder-value and good corporate governance.