UN SDG, Sustainable Development Goals

Metsä Group's activities support reaching the UN​ Sustainable ​Development Goals


​​​​The United Nations has set Sustainable Development Goals – SDGs in short – that are jointly agreed large-scale global commitments. They determine the targets and actions for world's development for the next 15 years. Also Metsä Group's operations support these goals.

​Metsä Group has eight targets for sustainable development which are linked to the SDGs. These include keeping the degree of certified wood over 80%, auditing raw material suppliers, and logistics chain ethics. Our target for well-being at work aims to reduce the accident frequency rate by at least 10% and to keep work absenteeism under 3%. By 2020 we aim to improve the mills' energy efficiency by 10% and resource efficiency by 17%. Goals are also the reduction of fossil CO2 emissions by over 30% between 2009 and 2020 – this was achieved faster than expected, and by the end of 2015, the reduction per tonne of production was already -34%.


 

SDG ​​​ Metsä Group’s actions to
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​TARGET 2 – ZERO HUNGER
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Products made from fresh forest fibres are safe during their life cycle. They don't pass any harmful substances on to foodstuffs, they protect the product throughout the supply chain and promote hygiene. Paperboard packaging and cooking papers help minimise food waste. Using cooking paper minimises food waste​
Protecting food in the value chain
TARGET 6 – CLEAN WATER AND SANITATION

We reduce emissions to water and improve the efficiency of process water use. We use 99% surface water instead of ground water. Forests are significant as hydrologic systems.How a simple thing like drying hands with paper promotes hygiene​How water is used in paperboard production
​TARGET 7 – AFFORDABLE AND CLEAN ENERGY​
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​We are a significant producer and user of renewable energy. We improve the energy efficiency of our processes. Today, Metsä Group produces 16% of the renewable energy generated annually in Finland. Metsä Wood's production produces more energy than it uses​​Metsä Tissue's Mariestad mill's bioenergy plant produces even 90% of the community's energy need​
TARGET 8 – DECENT WORK AND ECONOMIC GROWTH
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We employ 9,600 people directly, and three times more indirectly. We enable economic growth with improved use of resources, and we emphasise safety at work both in our own and our suppliers’ operations. We train our personnel regularly in code of conduct. Safety at work has been improved at Metsä Wood​​
TARGET 9 – INDUSTRY, INNOVATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE
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We are building new concepts for sustainable industry, continuing to improve our resource efficiency, and investing in bioenergy. We build partnerships with small as well as large-scale industrial companies in our value chain. We are active in research, development and innovation networks.Metsä Group is Finland's 4 th most important company in terms of value, says the Research Institute of the Finnish Economy (ETLA)
TARGET 11 – SUSTAINABLE CITIES AND COMMUNITIES
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Our mills are important in their communities as they provide work and energy for the society. Good environmental management helps to keep the communities pleasant. Forestry creates livelihood in rural areas. Using wood as a building material is a sustainable choice as wood products store carbon.​ Metsä Group generates value in local, national and international level ​
TARGET 12 – SUSTAINABLE CONSUMPTION AND PRODUCTION
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Our products are made of renewable wood from sustainably managed forests, and they can replace fossil alternatives. Recyclability after use is another benefit of our products. To advance the circular economy, over 90% of our production sidestreams are utilised as material or energy. Column about  how bioeconomy is based on reusing renewable raw materials –  nature's own circular economy​
Metsä Group's side streams are utilised in valuable ways
TARGET 13 – CLIMATE ACTION
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We have invested significantly in reducing fossil CO2 emissions, and have decreased them by over a third per tonne produced from 2009. We provide renewable energy for society. What Metsä Group did in 2015 to further minimise CO2 emissions

The effect Metsä Board Kyro mill's biopowerplant, inaugurated in 2012, had on the mill's emissions

TARGET 14 – LIFE BELOW WATER
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We use efficient water purification systems to minimise emissions to water. We monitor the fish stocks in the seas, lakes and rivers near our mills. Using our biodegrable products doesn’t increase the amount of marine debris. Metsä Board was awarded an A grade for its water management efforts by CDP as the only forest industry company and European company ​​
​TARGET 15 – LIFE ON LAND
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We ensure biodiversity by sustainable forest management and certifications. We integrate ecosystem and biodiversity values into national and local planning and operations. The sustainable future of forests is our key priority.​See how the degree of forest certification varies globally

Read about biodiversity in Finnish forests​ 
​TARGET 17 – PARTNERSHIPS FOR THE GOALS
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We are active partners in international and local industry and sustainability networks. We build partnerships with small as well as large-scale industrial companies in our value chain. We are active in research, development and innovation networks.​Metsä Group's bioproduct mill is a great example on building partnerships ​

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