Minna Halme

Professor / Project Director


Sustainability management in organisations, inclusive business models for poverty alleviation, frugal innovation, co-creation


Europe & Finland, low-income emerging markets and developing country settings, resource-constrained environments, East Africa

Work sectors

Corporate Responsibility, Inclusive Innovation, Inclusive Business, Sustainable Business Models, Sustainability Management


Minna Halme is professor of Sustainability Management at Aalto University School of Business and Director of Aalto Sustainability Hub. Her research focuses on sustainability innovations, co-creation of sustainable business models and societal impacts of CSR. She has participated in several European research projects and heads a number of national ones. She teaches Sustainability Management at Aalto’s Master programmes, in executive education and in the CEMS MIM program. She has published in several refereed journals such as Ecological Economics, Journal of Management Studies, Journal of Business Ethics, Business Strategy and the Environment and Journal of Cleaner Production, and authored a number of books and reports. 


Academy of Management has acknowledged her papers with All-Academy Best International Paper award, the ONE Unorthodox Paper award and three Best Paper awards. Her work has also been featured by the The Ecologist and The Newsweek. She is a member of the Advisory Board of Finland’s largest retailer SOK, Finland’s national Sustainable Development Panel, and Advisory Board of the Central Chamber of Commerce. She has held memberships in e.g. UN Secretary-General’s High-level Panel on Global Sustainability, Finnish Government Foresight2030 group, and Administrative Board of WWF Finland. She is co-founder of Aalto University’s cross-disciplinary Creative Sustainability master programme and Aalto Global Impact, and has received the Academy of Finland award for the social impact of her research.