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According to the Research Institute of the Finnish Economy (ETLA), Metsä Group is Finland's fourth most important company in terms of value added, when both direct effects and the multiplier effects arising through purchases are included in the consideration. Major Finnish corporations have a significant impact on the total national production and financial growth, given that in 2015, the ten largest companies generated a total of 7.5 per cent of Finland’s GDP.
As part of its study, ETLA studied the impact of Metsä Group’s bioproduct mill being constructed in Äänekoski in terms of revenue, value added and employment. The impact of the largest investment to date in the history of Finnish forest industry has significant repercussions in the economy during both the construction and the operation of the mill.
The core of Metsä Group's bioproduct mill, under construction in Äänekoski, lies in the world's most efficient pulp mill, with an annual capacity of 1.3 million tonnes. Expanding this core with the production of numerous new bioproducts is a leading principle behind Metsä Group’s bioproduct concept. The development of the bioproduct concept has now advanced to the stage of the first implementation decisions.
Bioproduct millMetsä FibreECHO Online
Building a new biopower plant in Metsä Tissue's Katrinefors mill area in Sweden has changed the energy usage not only of the mill, but of the entire town of Mariestad.
World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) Forest Solutions Group (FSG) has adopted a revised set of membership principles to affirm the group’s long-standing commitment to sustainable forest management. As a member of the FSG, Metsä Group also commits to producing and sourcing forest products that do not contribute to deforestation.
The Äänekoski bioproduct mill is perhaps the best example of how Metsä Group is reacting to the growing importance of the bioeconomy, writes Niklas von Weymarn, VP Research at Metsä Fibre.
Bioproduct millMetsä Fibre
Northern wood can be called the best raw material in the world thanks to its quality, diversity and renewability. Our main raw material has other pluses too, such as the fact that in our wood supply area, the growing stock is renewed more quickly than it is harvested. In addition, we always know the origin of the wood we supply.
The main raw material for Metsä Group's products is renewable wood and our products replace the use of fossil raw materials. We supply wood from northern forests, where we ensure their sustainable management, growth and nature values. We use raw materials, water and energy efficiently, and we produce renewable energy from side streams. This is sustainable and resource efficient bioeconomy, where Metsä Group is a forerunner.
Everything we do involves sustainability – from the products all the way to the forest. All of our products are safe and recyclable. Our main raw material is renewable wood from sustainably managed northern forests. We always use the best available technology in our production, ensure the safety and well-being of our employees and create well-being, locally and internationally.
Our sustainability work is divided into four themes that cover all of our operations. Read more about our themes, targets and achievements on these pages and in our Sustainability Report 2017.
The four themes of our sustainability work are:
We offer sustainable choices – renewable products from a recyclable raw material
We manufacture tissue and cooking papers, fresh forest fibre paperboards, pulp and wood products. Our recyclable products are an excellent alternative to products made from non-renewable natural resources. We invest in research and develop new, wood-based bioproducts.
We offer wood supply and sustainable forest management services and solutions for our customers' needs.
We bring the forest to you – wood from sustainably managed northern forests
The wood we use comes from densely forested areas in northern Europe and Russia, where forest growth outpaces use. We always know the origin of the wood we use.
Third-party forest certification signifies legal and sustainable forest use for us and our customers.
Enhancing sustainability throughout the entire value chain is important to us. We collaborate closely with suppliers of goods and services and our customers. Our network of more than 1,000 suppliers allows for efficient, reliable logistics.
We work for a better climate and the environment –
We use raw materials, energy and water as efficiently as possible. We make highly efficient use of different parts of the tree: we deliver logs to sawmills, make pulp from pulpwood for further processing, and produce renewable energy from branches, treetops and bark.
Metsä Group has production facilities in seven countries in Europe. Of the energy we use in production, 72% is renewable. We seek to maximise our use of renewable energy and have significantly reduced our emissions into the air and water. Our pulp mills are major producers of energy, and they sell energy in the form of heat to local district heating networks and electricity to the grid.
We create well-being –
locally and internationally
Metsä Group employs 9,100 people and creates thousands of jobs indirectly in logging and transport companies and the retail business, among other sectors. Millions of people use our products every day.
Metsä Group is an international company with strong roots in Finland. We require our employees and suppliers to comply with the highest ethical standards. We invest in safety at work and promote responsible management. We want to be a fair and open neighbour in our local communities.
Everything we do involves sustainability. Our sustainability targets, principles and Code of Conduct support responsible leadership at Metsä Group. The Sustainability Principles and eight concrete targets guide Metsä Group’s operations and support leadership.
We have determined ways of working and prepared instructions for environmental management, personnel policies, equality and purchasing. Our Supplier Code of Conduct serves to ensure ethically sound operations even in earlier stages of the supply chain, and audits serve to further develop ways of working.
Metsä Group is committed to the UN Global Compact corporate responsibility initiative and its principles in the areas of human rights, labour, the environment and anti-corruption. We also acknowledge the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and work to develop our operations in close link to them.