Means of mitigating climate change

​The world is changing. Mitigating climate change and supporting well-being have become daily topics in the media. Businesses and industries are assessed widely against sustainability criteria. Resource scarcity, population growth, the increase of consumption and urbanisation are steering global development. 

Päivi Makkonen

Due to these challenges, the importance of sustainability is emphasised throughout companies’ value chains and operations. The UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals provide a framework for the future of organisations, states and individuals. 

For Metsä Group, this is an important opportunity as through our value chain, we have means to help mitigate climate change. Our long-term commitment to operating sustainably is strong. 
Sustainability plays a key role in the Group’s renewed strategy. As a forerunner of bio- and circular economies, we process northern wood efficiently into high-quality products, and we will keep on building a sustainable, financially strong future. 

As part of the strategy process, we set our sustainability objectives for 2030. We are committed to developing our sustainable forest management practices in a way that will increase the growth of forests as well as the carbon stored in the growing stock. Safeguarding biodiversity is an essential part of this long-term work. 

On a global scale, we are already among the leaders in environmental performance. We will continue to follow a pioneering path towards a low-carbon society. Our target is that, by 2030, our mills will not be generating any fossil-based CO2 emissions. Our investments in modern technology will continue, as well as our efforts to further improve resource efficiency. 

Our products’ main raw material is renewable northern wood from sustainably managed forests and they can be used to replace fossil-based materials in many ways. We aim to increase the volume of products that store carbon in the long term. Our target is to use only fossil free raw materials in our products by 2030. We have a long-term focus on developing sustainability in our supply chain. 

A zero-accident working environment and ethical corporate culture are key priorities for us. The work to renew Metsä Group’s Code of Conduct started in 2018, and the new Code of Conduct will be implemented this year. This guides the development of our corporate culture. 

Sustainability is part of every task and one of the competences of all Metsä Group employees. With our operations, we strongly support the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. Our persistence and know-how on this front make us a recognised player in the global markets.

Päivi Makkonen
Vice President, Sustainability, Metsä Group
Päivi Makkonen works as the Vice President in charge of sustainability at Metsä Group. She was previously in charge of the overall sustainability related to the Group’s products and supply chain. Makkonen also has extensive experience of varied tasks in technical marketing and sales at Metsä Board.

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