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We actively work with customers to improve material efficiency in order to reduce the environmental
impact of our products and related processes through, for example, innovation and circular programmes. In addition to material efficiency, securing product safety is a cornerstone of product stewardship.
Customer needs play an important role when we develop products, services, and processes. We identify these needs by exchanging expertise with our customers on various sustainability topics.
Stora Enso’s Circular Design Guidelines outline our commitment to contribute to a circular bioeconomy through our products and solutions. These principles serve as guidance for all our divisions, whether planning to create new processes and products or to update existing ones. These guidelines will be fully adopted in the innovation and product development processes by 2025. For more information, see our Annual Report 2022.
By the end of 2022, 26 (29 in 2021) of Stora Enso’s production units were registered in Sedex. By the end of 2022, 62% of the units (59% in 2021) had been audited through Sedex Member Ethical Data Audits (SMETA) at least once since 2011.
Stora Enso is also a member of the ethical supplier rating system Ecovadis. Since 2017, we have been included in the top 1% of industry supplier performers in sustainability.
Policy developments, such as climate policies and circular economy requirements, set our pathway to the future. In the long term, we believe societies will increasingly choose to replace fossil-based and other non-renewable materials with renewable alternatives such as those offered by Stora Enso. Our expertise in renewable materials and products with high sustainability performance helps us meet the needs of our current and future customers. Our divisions have specific focus areas and products that cater to a broad range of customers. We are also one of the founding companies of the 4evergreen alliance, a European circular economy platform.
Ensuring the safety of all Stora Enso’s products is essential in order to safeguard the health and safety of employees, customers and end users as well as the environment. Stora Enso requires all its suppliers to comply with the Group’s product safety requirements. Stora Enso’s products covered by specific safety regulations and demands include food contact materials, materials for toys, packaging for pharmaceuticals, and construction materials.
The ISO 22000, FSSC 22000, and FDA product safety certificates issued to many of Stora Enso’s units further ensure that a systematic approach to food safety issues is applied. ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO 50001, and ISO 45001 certified systems help the units to identify and meet customer requirements as well as to systematically improve product quality and environmental, energy and occupational safety management. All Stora Enso’s construction products are CE marked to guarantee that they comply with the relevant EU legislation. More than 90% of the Groups’s paper product brands are covered by one or more recognised ecolabel, such as the Nordic Swan Ecolabel, EU Ecolabel or Blue Angel, and many of the graphical board brands are also available as EU Ecolabel certified products.
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.
The Stora Enso Code of Conduct provides a set of values, expectations, and ambitions related to Stora Enso’s 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.
1 Stora Enso Communications’ FSC® trademark license number is FSC-N001919.