The sustainability of suppliers delivering something other than wood or fibre is ensured centrally within Metsä Group’s sourcing process. This covers suppliers of chemicals, machinery, equipment, transport and other services.
Indicators for assessing suppliers’ sustainability
We use several tools to verify that all our suppliers act according to our environmental, social and economic responsibility requirements. These tools have been integrated into our procurement processes, and include risk analyses and background checks as well as supplier assessments and audits.
As part of our supplier selection process we evaluate the sustainability risks of our suppliers by analysing category-specific risks and by using risk-country classifications.
Key indicators for monitoring and developing the sustainability of our supply chain include the suppliers’ commitment to our Supplier Code of Conduct and suppliers passing a background check and a sustainability assessment. The background check inspects a supplier’s background in terms of trade sanctions, money laundering, corruption, human rights violations and other key risks. The sustainability assessment includes analysing the results of an extensive sustainability questionnaire.
In addition, the responsibility of suppliers is monitored through audits at their premises, which include aspects related to environmental and social responsibility. If deficiencies are found in these audits or assessments we instruct suppliers to take corrective action.
We encourage our suppliers to set ambitious emission-reduction targets.
In our Science Based Targets (SBTi), we are committed to 70% of our non-fibre based suppliers and logistics operators responsible for our customer deliveries – measured as a share of purchasing costs – setting themselves targets in line with the SBTi by 2024.
We trace the origin of our raw materials
We will continue to improve the traceability of chemicals, other raw materials and the materials used to package our products. This is why we ask our suppliers to detail the manufacturing location of the raw material we purchase in our product safety questionnaires.
Our target is to know the origin, at minimum the manufacturing country, of all the raw materials and packaging materials we purchase. For some raw materials we aim to trace the details of their origin even further.