Metsä Group has published its 2017 Sustainability Report presenting the results of the company’s sustainability work during last year. The foundation of Metsä Group’s sustainability work consists of four themes covering all its operations and eight distinct targets that guide its everyday work.
To access the full report please visit: www.metsagroup.com/csr.
Highlights of Metsä Group’s sustainability work in 2017:
- 88% of the wood procured by Metsä Group was certified and 100% traceable.
- By the end of 2017, fossil CO2 emissions per product tonne were reduced by 38% from the 2009 level.
- By the end of 2017, process water use per product tonne was reduced by 15% from the 2010 level.
- 92% of production side streams were utilised as material or energy.
- 72% of the energy used in production was renewable.
- The lost-time accident frequency rate (LTA1) reduced by 20% compared to the previous year.
- A project aimed at ensuring the sustainability of the main logistics flows was completed and at the end of 2017 all 481 main logistics partners included in the project fulfilled Metsä Group’s sustainability requirements.
- A human rights impact assessment process was started to deepen Metsä Group’s understanding of the actual and potential human rights impacts resulting from its operations.
- Forest owners were offered the opportunity to support biodiversity by leaving high biodiversity stumps in their forests. 70% of forest owners have agreed to adopt this approach.
Social responsibility gaining more importance
Sustainability is a dialogue and we strive to continuously develop our operations based on the feedback received from our stakeholders. During the past few years particularly the requirements related to social responsibility have increased among customers, for example. Recognising this, social responsibility will have even more significant role in Metsä Group’s future sustainability work.
“Environmental impacts have been an important focus for many decades in the forest industry. In 2017, we strengthened our sustainability work by launching an internal development program consisting of projects focused on our four sustainability themes. Social responsibility was given more emphasis in the program. For example, in stakeholder cooperation we will focus on the well-being of children and young adults,” states Riikka Joukio, SVP, Sustainability and Corporate Affairs, Metsä Group.
Sustainability topics are included also in Metsä Group’s new brochure which is available in the Media section of our website. Printed reports and brochures will be delivered from the end of March 2018 onwards.