Working at Stora Enso

Stora Enso offers rewarding and satisfying careers, and the opportunity to contribute towards a more renewable and sustainable future.

At Stora Enso, we believe that everything made with fossil-based materials today can be made from a tree tomorrow. If you believe that too, come join us on our journey!

A rewarding career path

You shape your own career at Stora Enso and we strive to create paths that are rewarding, inspiring and motivating. This may include international assignments, leadership development programmes and graduate training. Special focus is placed in planning a career progression that taps into your unique talent.

At Stora Enso you will join forces with around 26 000 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. Take a look at our people presentation videos 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.

Your opportunity to do what’s right

As a Stora Enso employee, you will contribute towards a more sustainable world by helping to develop forest-based renewable material solutions that can replace non-renewable materials in various applications.

In accordance with our values, "lead" and "do what's right", we strive to help our people find a work-life balance that suits them, and work continuously with employee satisfaction and motivation.

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 need inclusive work environments that respect and appreciate individual differences. Dimensions such as skills and experiences, gender, age, cultural background and personality are important to Stora Enso when we strive for diversity. When asked about diversity in the annual employee survey, 83% (81%) of our employees reported that their management was able to create diverse teams. Our objective was for 80% to respond positively. When it comes to gender diversity, our aim was to achieve a gender balance of 70% male and 30% female among senior managers by the end of 2018. At the end of 2018, the ratio was 80% (79%) male and 20% (21%) female. The Group Leadership Team had five female and seven male members in 2018. In the 2018 report by Equileap that assessed gender equality among 3 200 public companies, Stora Enso was ranked as number 12 globally and as number 1 in Finland. 

Of the 25 880 employees in 2018, the majority, 51%, were between 31 and 50 years old. 21% were up to 30 years old, and 28% were 51 years and older.

Employee distribution by country

Employee distribution by country (graph)

Share of female employees at Stora Enso

Gender distribution (table)

Our work environment


Stora Enso’s goal is to be an accident-free workplace, which is expressed in the motto “Everybody home safe, every day”. Encouraging a company-wide safety culture means that everyone is responsible for making every workday healthy and safe – from our top management and throughout the company. We encourage everyone to provide ideas on how to further improve safety.


Leadership is a key enabler of our strategy 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 to embrace and demonstrate through their actions and behaviour. We measure our progress on leadership by using an overall Leadership Index that measures employee perceptions of their managers.

Performance management

Performance management is an important part of promoting engaged and motivated employees. We set targets for both our business and employees, provide context and continuous feedback as well as follow up on targets and expectations during annual employee performance appraisals.

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 work systematically to ensure that employees are treated with respect and fairness. Units should also comply 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.

Evidence of progress in global employee survey

Stora Enso conducts an annual global survey (Your Voice) of all employees. In 2018, the survey was conducted for the seventh time and had a response rate of 88% (91%). The survey follows progress in areas that impact our ability to deliver on our strategic agenda, steering activities, and priorities. It also supports managers and teams as they continuously improve their work methods. All main indices in the survey continued on positive or stable trends in 2018.

Your Voice results, Leadership (graph)

Leadership Index is measured annually in Stora Enso’s Your Voice employee survey, and consists of numerical answers to 16 questions related to the respondent’s view of the direct manager.

Your Voice results, Engagement (graph)

Employee Engagement Index is measured annually in Stora Enso’s Your Voice employee survey, and consists of numerical answers to seven questions related to engagement indicators including, but not limited to motivation, pride and goal orientation.

Your Voice results, Net Promoter Score (graph)

Employee Net Promoter Score is measured annually in Stora Enso’s Your Voice employee survey, and 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.

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

Are you interested in working for us? Please browse among our open positions to see if you find anything interesting.