Metsä Group's remuneration is based on the following main principles which are applicable to all statutory governing bodies of Group companies as well as those employed by Metsä Group:

Ensuring sustainable and responsible business operations

Our remuneration supports the achievement of Metsä Group's vision, strategic and operational goals as well as the goals of sustainable development. We encourage activities in line with our values and Metsä Group's interests – responsible profitability, reliability, renewal and cooperation.

Ensuring performance and profitable growth

With remuneration, we encourage excellent performance and results in both the short and long term. We remunerate our people for achieving and exceeding targets and for profitable growth and the increase of shareholder and stakeholder value.

Supporting competence development and renewal

With remuneration we support competence development and the commitment of talent. We encourage continuous improvement, renewal and the creation of conditions needed for future success. In addition to monetary remuneration, we develop personnel's competencies and offer opportunities for career development. Our leadership is of a high quality and we encourage the personnel's participation.

Consistency, competitiveness and transparency

The remuneration is fair and based on clear principles and structures. We offer competitive overall remuneration. We communicate and report on remuneration transparently and according to requirements.

Decision-making process concerning remuneration

Supervisory Board and Board of Directors

Decisions on the remuneration of the Supervisory Board of Metsä Group's parent company, Metsäliitto Cooperative, are made by the Representative Council. Decisions on the remuneration of the members of Metsäliitto Cooperative's Board of Directors are made by the Supervisory Board on the basis of a proposal made by the Supervisory Board's Nomination Committee.

President and CEO and members of the Group's Executive Management Team

Metsäliitto Cooperative has a CEO, who also acts as the President and CEO of Metsä Group, unless otherwise decided by the Board of Directors. The President and CEO manages the operations of the entire Metsä Group. The Board of Directors decides on the remuneration and other financial benefits of the Group's President and CEO and the members of the Group's Executive Management Team employed by Metsäliitto Cooperative, as well as on the principles of the short and long-term incentive systems on the basis of the Compensation Committee's preparation.

All Metsä Group companies comply with the same remuneration principles, and the remuneration criteria are approved by the Board of Directors of each subsidiary. The decision-making process guarantees that the decisions are made fairly and impartially.