Dear grantee,

First, I would like to congratulate you on being awarded by the OP Group Research Foundation. I hope that this recognition will inspire you in your future career.

The OP Group Research Foundation has been promoting research in economics for decades, with a focus on financing and OP Financial Group’s field of cooperative business activities.

Science and knowledge at the highest level are the cornerstones of society’s capacity for renewal and success. For 120 years, OP Financial Group has been contributing to its customers’ wellbeing and prosperity, while fostering Finland’s economic growth. Corporate responsibility has been at the heart of our values and mission throughout the decades. A key element of this has been our support for culture, sport and research. Over the last decade, we have provided universities with broad support based on several rounds of funding. We operate alongside cooperative banks in every Finnish province and universities are important partners for us all over Finland.

We are also a large private employer for people with academic backgrounds in economics, law or the social sciences, for example. The research foundation’s activities are fundamental to achieving our goal of strongly promoting Finland’s success.

In 2022, we are celebrating the 120th anniversary of OP Financial Group. The OP Group Research Foundation was established 50 years ago, in 1972, to promote economic research. As Finland’s leading financial services group in terms of market share, we want to continue building a sustainable future alongside our customers and stakeholders – together through time.

With these words, I would like to congratulate you once again. I wish you all the best and every success in whatever you decide to do in life.