Initiated by the Eva Ahlström Foundation in 2020, Ahlström Collective Impact (ACI) is a new kind of cooperation model between the partnering companies and UNICEF Finland designed to result in targeted strategic investments that support the realization of selected United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
For Ahlstrom, this collaboration is an innovative and efficient way of influencing and achieving change through opportunities to innovate around equality and sustainability to solve some of the most pressing societal challenges.
In 2020, ACI focused on supporting the COVID-19 crisis aid to children, the hidden victims of the pandemic. The coronavirus pandemic has short- and long-term impacts on children's health, well-being, and development. UNICEF has tackled these challenges by supporting governments worldwide to secure primary healthcare and education for every child.
In 2021, Ahlström Collective Impact selected the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals: Quality education (SDG 4), Gender equality (SDG 5), and Partnerships (SDG 17) for the goals. We leveraged our long-term and global commitment with UNICEF Finland while taking Ahlstrom's strategic giving and donations program further. To support the goal of quality education, Ahlström Collective Impact has decided to direct its investment of 600,000 euros to UNICEF's Global Education Program.