Wärtsilä pays various social dues and taxes to the governments of different countries. Income taxes and social dues in the financial period 2010 were EUR 326 million. The social costs for employees contribute to the funding of pensions, unemployment and other social benefits that provide security and improve the quality of life for the company's employees and their families.
Wärtsilä companies also receive subsidies from the public sector. The value of the subsidies received in 2010 was EUR 7 million and they were among others related to R&D projects, such as the major HERCULES co-operative research project.