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Our low-carbon, fiber-based products are renewable and recyclable. They offer solutions to climate change and promote positive impacts on the environment, thus enabling our customers to become more eco-friendly.
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 2021.
By the end of 2021, 29 (30 in 2020) of 60 Stora Enso’s production units were registered in Sedex. By the end of the year, 17 of the units (16 in 2020) 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.
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 actively work with our customers to improve material efficiency and decrease the environmental impact of our products and related production processes. We are also one of the founding companies of the 4evergreen alliance, a European circular economy platform.
Stora Enso’s products covered by specific safety regulations and demands include food contact materials, materials for toys, packaging for pharmaceuticals, and construction materials. Our in-house product safety and quality control systems cover product development, raw material sourcing, and the manufacturing and delivery of products. We demand that our suppliers comply with our product safety requirements.
All our Packaging Materials 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.
More than 90% of our Paper division’s own brands are covered by one or more recognised ecolabel, such as the Nordic Swan Ecolabel, EU ecolabel or Blue Angel.
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.
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.