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Replacing non-renewable materials with renewable alternatives

Customers

Increasing global consumer demand for sustainability is encouraging companies and brand owners to provide renewable solutions to meet everyday needs.

 

Opportunities and challenges
The middle class is rapidly expanding in many countries with more people demanding lifestyles that can seriously burden the environment. At the same time, consumer awareness of the scarcity of natural resources and their sense of social responsibility are increasing, which drives brand owners to focus more on supply chain responsibility. Together with legislation, this encourages Stora Enso's customers to use renewable and recyclable raw materials to create more sustainable products.

There is a long-term trend to replace non-renewable materials with renewable alternatives. Stora Enso's various fibre-based products, including future bio-based chemicals, are well-positioned to respond to this demand.


 

Our policies
The Stora Enso Code of Conduct constitutes a single set of values, expectations, and ambitions related to Stora Enso’s global approach to ethical business practices, environmental values, and human and labour rights. These values are applied wherever Stora Enso operates, and in all dealings with customers.


 

How we work
Stora Enso develops its expertise in renewable materials to meet customer needs through products with high sustainability performance. Our business is organised into five divisions, each with their own focus areas and products, catering to a range of customers.

We work actively together with our customers to improve the material efficiency and environmental impact of our products and the related production processes.

Our prioritisation of product safety ensures our various products are covered by specific safety regulations, such as food contact materials, packaging for pharmaceuticals, and construction materials. Product safety and quality control systems cover our processes from product development and raw material sourcing, to the delivery of the finished products. We also require suppliers to comply with our product safety standards.

Our units that produce sensitive packaging materials follow Good Manufacturing Practice – a set of widely recognised guidelines incorporated into EU regulations. All our Consumer Board mills and most of our Packaging Solutions mills are also certified according to recognised hygiene management standards. ISO 22000, FSSC 22000, and FDA product safety certificates issued to many of our units further ensure that we apply a systematic approach to food safety issues.

Many Stora Enso products are sold as FSC®1 or PEFC-certified, which signifies they have been produced using wood from responsibly managed sources, and that the entire journey of the raw material from the forest to the store shelf has been verified by a third party.

Stora Enso's customers also benefit from the information provided by the numerous ecolabels and certificates granted to our units and brands, such as the EU Ecolabel, the Nordic Ecolabel, and the Blue Angel (Blauer Engel).

Progress
Customer needs are a key element in developing our products, services, and processes – both through systematic feedback and exchanging expertise with us on various sustainability topics. When it comes to new products, such as lignin and biocomposites, we collaborate closely with customers to create applications that meet their needs throughout the value chain.

Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) offer transparent and comparable independent information about the environmental footprint of a product throughout its life cycle. Stora Enso’s EPDs for Classic Sawn Timber and Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) were third-party verified in 2017.

By the end of 2017, 26 (26 in 2016) of Stora Enso’s mills were registered and active in the Supplier Ethical Data Exchange (Sedex). Sedex gives us a platform to share information with customers on our compliance with the Ethical Trading Initiative’s base code and other key sustainability topics throughout the supply chain.

Stora Enso is also a member of the ethical supplier rating system Ecovadis. In 2017, we obtained a score of 80/100 and were included in the top 1% performers, achieving the highest recognition level, Gold.

 

1 Trademark license number (Stora Enso Communications) FSC-N001919.