Annual Report 2015

SESKO’s Annual Report 2015 presents the main points of the electrotechnical standardization activities in Finland. This year marks 50 years since the establishment of SESKO as an independent association. The founding members consisted of 13 electrical associations. The charter was signed by the Finnish Electrical Engineers Association, the Finnish Power Plant Association and the Finnish Electrical Industry Association. Through its member communities, representatives of many of the companies that have been involved in standardization since the beginning of the last century are still participating to this day in SESKO activities as experts or members of the board. The experts of industry are after all the power of standardization.

To honour the anniversary SESKO published a history; ‘SESKO – 50 Years of Expertise and Reliability’. The anniversary was celebrated on the 6th of October by seeing the musical ‘Mamma Mia’ in Svenska Teatern. 180 guests attended the party. To carry on the legacy of the Erkki Yrjölä medal, in honour of the 50th anniversary, the 2015 SESKO Acknowledgement Award was given to two people. 

Managing Director’s Review

50 Years of Expertise and Reliability

This year marks 50 years since the establishment of SESKO as an independent association. To honour the anniversary SESKO published a history; ‘SESKO – 50 Years of Expertise and Reliability’. Like the society surrounding it, on its anniversary SESKO too has been living through a transition. Some parts of the old standardisation family have retired. The previously approved ways of working are being changed radically to accommodate for the modern requirements for digitalisation and mobilisation. The new generation is taking the responsibilities of the experts in the committees and followup groups as well as parts of SESKO personnel.
Three people of the SESKO office retired during the latter half of 2015, having altogether 70 years of SESKO experience. New ways of working and reorganising of duties, such as transferring the sales of IEC and EN standards to SFS, has enabled the SESKO office to continue functioning as a ten-person team from now on.

Balancing the Finances

Despite the IEC and EN standards bringing in almost 40% less due to the transfer of the sales to SFS in June, the total income from the SESKO operations was somewhat better than the year before. The costs associated with said sales were somewhat reduced respectively, although the reduction on the personnel costs will only show in the years to come. Also the costs for the 50th anniversary celebrations were significant enough to keep these changes from resulting in a profitable outcome for the year. It was decided by the board that some of the association’s savings would be used to offset the anniversary celebrations as well as the history publication; this can be seen in the profit and loss statement. In an expert organisation such as SESKO, the personnel costs are always a significant part – over half of all the costs.

Experts – the Power of Standardization

The number of the experts taking part in standardization decreased a little, and due to this, a plan was put in place for recruiting further experts for the committees, followup groups and working groups. Still, the level of attendance for the SESKO experts in international and European standardization went up and has now increased for several years.
The travel grant funded by the government and regulated by SESKO has however gone down by almost 30% from last year and has continued to decrease now for several years. Out of the SFS standards writing bodies, the euro value for SESKO travel grant has significantly reduced where the travel grant values for other industry organizations have increased. The level of attendance should somehow correspond to the level of the travel grant funded by the government as the Finnish society is benefitting from the local experts taking part in standardization.

My Vision for the Year 2025

SESKO will in the future continue to play its part as the expert organization for the Finnish electrotechnical standardization, whilst still listening to its client organizations and associations. SESKO wants to serve its members as well as the experts in the committees, follow-up groups and working groups, so that they can concentrate in contributing in the contents of the standards and their application to their day-to-day work whilst still trusting SESKO for support at all times. The electrotechnical experts, organizations and associations as well as the SESKO personnel continue to believe in their cause, and that standardization has an important place in the development, success and wellbeing of the society.

In the year 2016 SESKO will position itself again in relation to the surrounding world and re-evaluate its mission, strategy and the skillsets of its personnel in relation to its vision in ten years – year 2025. The view is to find out from the stakeholders and other relevant parties what they want SESKO’s role to be in the near future. What would they want SESKO to achieve in the next ten years? What added value would the customers want from a serving standardization organisation?

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