New WBCSD Forest Solutions Group membership
principles affirm Metsä Group’s commitment
 to sustainable forest management

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.

Metsä Group participated in developing the membership principles, in which we commit to:
- Sustainable forest management and to sourcing and producing forest products that do not contribute to deforestation.
- Resource efficiency and innovation in our operations and products.
- Help address climate change by optimizing the use and reach of renewable energy, materials and products.
- The responsible use and reuse of water resources.
- The well-being, health and safety of our workforce.
- Multi-stakeholder engagement and to delivering positive social impact.

“As a sign of our shared commitment and as a condition of our FSG membership, we report annually on associated key performance indicators to measure and prove our joint progress in sustainability”, says Päivi Makkonen, Director, Sustainability, who participated in the revision of the principles. “Each commitment is mapped against a key performance indicator which is used to assess results annually.”

The Forest Solutions Group is a global platform for strategic collaboration across the forest products value chain. Together we aim to bring more of the world’s forests under sustainable management, expand markets for responsible forest products and ensure growth and vitality of forest resources today and for future generations.

About the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)

The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), a CEO-led organization of some 200 forward-thinking global companies, is committed to galvanizing the global business community to create a sustainable future for business, society and the environment. Together with its members, the council applies its respected thought leadership and effective advocacy to generate constructive solutions and take shared action. Leveraging its strong relationships with stakeholders as the leading advocate for business, the council helps drive debate and policy change in favor of sustainable development solutions.

The WBCSD provides a forum for its member companies - who represent all business sectors and all continents - to share best practices on sustainability issues and to develop innovative tools that change the status quo. The council also benefits from a network of 70 national and regional business councils and partner organizations, a majority of which are based in developing countries.