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Our work environment

You will join forces with around 22 000 colleagues - a wide range of people with a diverse set of backgrounds and skills, all focused on the potential of biomaterials, paper, packaging and wooden construction.

As an international and diverse business our working environment can differ depending on which of division, group function, country or site you join and whether you work on site or remotely.

What brings us together is a strong culture of “Lead” and “Do What’s Right” and the ability to deliver products and solutions to meet growing consumer demand for eco-friendly lifestyle.

Everybody home safe, every day

Our goal is to provide an accident-free workplace. Encouraging a company-wide safety culture means that everyone is responsible for making every workday healthy, hygienic and safe – from our top management, throughout the company, for our own and our colleague’s safety.

Fair working conditions

We care for all our employees and are committed to fully respecting human rights throughout our operations. All Stora Enso units are expected to ensure our employees are treated with respect and fairness by complying with a set of minimum requirements for labour conditions in order to create an environment where employees are both motivated and able to perform their work. These requirements address areas such as working hours, basic worker rights, working conditions, and non-discrimination.


Leadership is a key enabler of our strategy and our people as it is the strongest driver for performance, wellbeing and company culture. Our culture is based on our values “Lead” and “Do what’s right”, which we expect our leaders and everyone to embrace and demonstrate through their actions and behaviour. We measure our progress on leadership by using an overall Leadership Index, which is based on the responses of our annual employee survey (see more information further down on the page).

Rewarding career paths

We are proud to say that we provide a wide range of different career and professional development opportunities for our employees. Each employee has the opportunity to shape their own career and we strive to create rewarding, inspiring and motivating career paths. For example, we encourage our employees to participate in training and mentoring programmes, take on new roles within the organisation, or go on international assignments.

Take a look at our people presentations to find out more about the variety of roles we offer and what it’s like to work for a leading global renewable materials company.

Our purpose and valuesSustainabilityOpen positions

We believe the future is wood-based and renewable. Join us in creating a renewable future and a sustainable climate.

Value through diversity

We believe diversity strengthens our competitiveness and we aim to reflect the societies in which we operate. Diverse working teams enable us to explore different perspectives and challenge our way of thinking, contributing to better decision-making. To benefit from diverse working teams, we create inclusive work environments that respect and appreciate individual differences.

Diversity graph

When asked about diversity in the annual employee survey, 84% (83%) of our employees reported that their management was able to create diverse teams. As for gender diversity among our senior management, 76% were male and 24% female at the end of 2019 (80% and 20% in 2018). The Group Leadership Team had five female and six male members in 2019.

In the 2019 report by Equileap, which assessed gender balance and equality among 3 000 public companies, Stora Enso was ranked number 29 globally and number 1 in Finland. During 2019, Stora Enso also received the highest scores in the FINDIX report, which examined the diversity of management teams and board of directors in 89 Finnish companies.

Valuable insights from global employee survey

Our engagement survey “Your Voice” plays a critical part in how we invest in our people & culture. It is one of the most important metrics for measuring employee engagement and the level of our employees’ workplace satisfaction.

In Your Voice, our employees are encouraged to share their thoughts on a variety of topics, such as engagement, sustainability, strategy, customer relations, values, leadership, wellbeing, and development opportunities. All these areas impact our ability to deliver on our strategic agenda, steering activities, and priorities - hence the importance to follow them on a regular basis.

The survey is conducted every year in all Stora Enso units, and is distributed either as an online version or as a paper copy. After the responses are collected, the results are analysed, evaluated and distributed to our teams. The teams are then responsible to work on action plans based on the survey outcome. The results serve as a valuable feedback for actionable insights and guide development actions. In addition, the survey plays an important role in supporting our leaders and teams to develop their working practices.

As a result, from our survey we have developed a leadership program Lead Through People, which targets all managers in the organisation and where approximately 3 200 managers have participated in this programme so far.

We are building new competencies in sales, innovation and data analytics through our Commercial Excellence Programme, Sales Academy and more.

We strengthened our focus on inclusion where we respect and appreciate individual differences with an environment where everyone can be themselves, feel that they are able to contribute with their views and that these are listened to and valued.

In 2019, the survey was conducted for the eighth time and had a response rate of 86% (88% in 2018). 

Below you can see the trend for the 3 areas Engagement, Leadership and Net Promoter Score. 


Engagement graph


The Employee Engagement Index consists of numerical answers to seven questions related to engagement indicators including, but not limited to motivation, pride and goal orientation.
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The Leadership Index consists of numerical answers to 16 questions related to the respondent’s view of the direct manager.
NPS graph

Net Promoter Score

The Employee Net Promoter Score consists of one question related to the likelihood of recommending Stora Enso as a workplace to a friend. A positive score indicates that there are more promoters than detractors, while a negative score indicates the opposite.

The results in 2019 remained at a high level in the leadership index and engagement index. After many consecutive years of positive development there was however a slight downturn on other indices compared to the previous year’s results.

Geographical presence

Stora Enso operates worldwide and focuses on utilising expertise in renewable materials and creating value in packaging, pulp, paper and wood. We combine global resources with local presence, service and sustainability.

We have units in: Finland, Sweden, China, Austria, Baltic countries, Belgium, Brazil, Czech Republic, Germany, The Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Uruguay and USA.

You can read more on the page Facts and Figures as well as under the section Stora Enso Locations.

Below you find how our units are distributed between different countries. 

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