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Our commitment to respect human rights covers all our operations, including our employees, contractors, suppliers, and neighbouring communities.

Progress

While we respect and consider all human rights important, our highest priority human rights remain the primary focus of our work:

  • Health and safety
  • Fair employment conditions
  • Forced labour
  • Freedom of association
  • Non-discrimination and non-harassment
  • Land and natural resource rights acquisition and management
  • Grievance mechanisms
  • Children’s rights (relevant to the forest sector).

Stora Enso is a member of the Supplier Ethical Data Exchange (Sedex), a platform where companies share sustainability information with multiple customers in an agreed format and level of detail to improve transparency in the value chain. By the end of 2021, 29 of 60 Stora Enso’s production units were registered in Sedex. By the end of the year, 17 of the units had been audited through Sedex Member Ethical Data Audits (SMETA) at least once since 2011.

In 2019 Stora Enso identified 24 human rights-related development actions in Group function processes. Twenty-two of the actions were completed in 2020, and the two remaining actions were completed in 2021.

Through membership of the Global Business Initiative for Human Rights (GBI) and of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) Stora Enso continues to learn from peers and experts as the journey continues to embed human rights more effectively into operations and due diligence.

How we work

Human rights risks are considered throughout Stora Enso's operations – for example in investment decisions, mergers, acquisitions, and divestments.

Stora Enso's human rights due diligence procedures include:

  • Environmental and Social Impact Assessments (ESIAs)
  • Community consultations
  • Appropriate grievance and remediation mechanisms
  • Accountability through transparent reporting  

Our policies

Human rights are integrated into our Sustainability Agenda, which is aligned with the ten principles of the UN Global Compact. Relevant Stora Enso policies on human rights include, for example:

Other documents related to our human rights work

Opportunities and challenges

Many of the human rights challenges we face are deeply rooted in local society and can only be effectively addressed through a long-term commitment and close cooperation with global and local stakeholders. The UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights emphasise that companies have an ongoing responsibility to respect human rights, even where government actions and regulatory frameworks are inadequate. In addition, new legislation is being explored and developed in numerous countries to address human rights due diligence by companies. Stora Enso supports legislation that puts companies on an equal standing.

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