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Our comprehensive product stewardship approach starts with material sourcing and extends across the entire product lifespan, including end-of-life management. This involves the assessment of health, safety, and environmental aspects at each stage. Life cycle assessments offer factual, verifiable insights for comparing and reducing environmental impacts.

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.

How we work

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. We require all our 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.

Certified sustainability

The ISO 22000, FSSC 22000, BRCGS, and FDA product safety certificates issued to many of our 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 to identify and meet customer requirements as well as to systematically improve product quality and environmental, energy, and occupational safety management. All the Group’s construction products are CE marked to guarantee that they comply with the relevant EU legislation. Many of Stora Enso’s products are FSC or PEFC certified or receive other verification for responsible chain-of-custody and due diligence. The proportion of third-party certified wood in Stora Enso’s total wood supply was 81% in 2023.

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.

Environmental product declarations for building products

Environmental Product Declarations (EPD) offered for all Stora Enso’s building products provide third-party verified information about the product’s environmental performance throughout its life-cycle and are in line with relevant ISO and EN standards. EPDs help customers to assess the life cycle impacts of their construction projects and are an important resource for customers who wish to apply for building certification schemes or ecolabels for their products. For more details on EPDs and carbon footprint calculations, see

1 Stora Enso Communications’ FSC® trademark license number is FSC-N001919.

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