Our commitments

Metsä Group is committed to the UN Global Compact and Sustainable Development Goals. Cooperation and shared commitments play a key role in building more just and sustainably operating societies.

UN Global Compact is the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative which engages already over 9,500 companies. Global Compact aims to mobilize a global movement of sustainably operating companies in order to create more sustainable world.

Metsä Group has been involved in the Global Compact initiative since 2003. Also Metsä Group’s sustainability principles are based on these globally acknowledged principles. The reporting on how the principles of Global Compact have materialized in our operations (Communication on Progress) is included in our annual Sustainability Report.

The Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact

Human rights

Principle 1:
Businesses should support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights; and

Principle 2:
make sure that they are not complicit in human rights abuses.


Principle 3:
Businesses should uphold the freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining;

Principle 4:
the elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labour;

Principle 5:
the effective abolition of child labour; and

Principle 6: the elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation.


Principle 7:
Businesses should support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges;

Principle 8:
undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility; and

Principle 9:
encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies.


Principle 10:
Businesses should work against corruption in all its forms, including extortion and bribery.

Our commitment to the UN SDGs

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015 as a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity by 2030.

While primary responsibility for the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) lies with the UN member states, the business sector bears significant responsibility to contribute to achieving the SDGs and also has effective ways of doing so. Through its operations, Metsä Group is committed to promoting the achievement of these goals.

Sustainability at Metsä Group is based on four themes covering all our operations, as well as eight long-term sustainability objectives that guide our everyday work. These objectives ensure that we minimize any negative impact and increase our positive contribution, and are linked to the SDGs. We have identified the SDGs that we have the most impact on, in order to better guide our efforts to contribute to achieving sustainability. Below is a summary of our key contribution to the SDGs.

UN sustainable development goals

UN Sustainable Development Goals

  • Gender equality
    SDG 5

    Gender equality

  • Clean water and sanitation
    SDG 6

    Clean water and sanitation

  • Affordable and clean energy
    SDG 7

    Affordable and clean energy

  • Decent work and economic growth
    SDG 8

    Decent work and economic growth

  • Industry, innovation and infrastructure
    SDG 9

    Industry, innovation and infrastructure

  • Responsible consumption and production
    SDG 12

    Responsible consumption and production

  • Climate action
    SDG 13

    Climate action

  • Life on land
    SDG 15

    Life on land