Ensuring ethical business practices

At Metsä Fibre, we are committed to being ethical, responsible, reliable and transparent in all our operations.

Our work is guided by Metsä Group’s values: responsible profitability, reliability, cooperation and renewal. We always follow the laws and regulations, Metsä Group’s Code of Conduct and Metsä Group’s Policies. We are also committed to respecting internationally recognised human rights. We conduct our operations with honesty, integrity and transparency towards all our stakeholders.

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Policies and statements

Our operations and decision-making are directed by the Metsä Group’s Code of Conduct, which consists of 15 ethical principles summing up our commitment to responsible business operations and compliance.

The principles include themes related to cooperation, respect and responsible business operations, combined with the Metsä Group’s key sustainability messages. The same high standards apply also to our partners, and these are defined in the Metsä Group’s Supplier Code of Conduct.

The Metsä Group has a set of policies and related instructions in place covering all relevant topics for its business areas, including, for example, policies on the Environment and Human Resources as well as Equal Opportunities for Employees.

The Employee Code of Conduct is an essential part of day-to-day sustainability management. It guides our employees to follow the required ethical principles concerning conflicts of interest, competition, communication and the prevention of bribery and other fraudulent conduct. The Code of Conduct requires all employees to report any behaviour that they believe to be in breach of the instructions. They can report such behaviour to their supervisor, the Compliance Officer or the General Counsel of the Metsä Group.

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We promote diversity, equality and inclusion

We want to ensure that personal characteristics – such as gender, age, ethnic background or sexual orientation – have no impact on an individual’s opportunity to succeed in working life. Diversity, equality and inclusion are promoted through the Metsä For All vision and measured according to set targets. Equality training, the adoption of anonymised recruiting methods and increasing the share of women in executive positions are examples of the practical measures we have taken in this regard.

Equality targets of Metsä Group:

  • By 2025, 25% of Metsä Group’s leaders (VP, SVP or CEO) are women.
  • There are no unjustifiable pay gaps between women and men.
  • We develop equality through a training programme targeted at all employees.

We are committed to process personal data in accordance with the EU GDPR, which forbids the processing of special categories of data such as personal data revealing racial or ethnic origin. We do not collect such data on our employees anywhere where we operate, even if the local legislation would permit, and are committed to treat people equally regardless of the characteristics they represent.

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Compliance and Ethics Channel

Metsä Group has a public Compliance and Ethics Channel through which our employees and any other persons can report any shortcomings they observe in Metsä Group's operations. Reports can be submitted anonymously. All reports concerning possible breaches are processed by a compliance committee.