We depend on resilient and thriving local communities wherever we operate, and strive to be a good corporate citizen.
Our key performance indicator (KPI) for community investment, developed in 2019, monitors the proportion of inputs made in working hours or in-kind compared with cash donations, excluding our joint operations, with continued growth in our community investment over time. Our target is to increase the proportion of working hours and in-kind contributions to 70% by 2030, excluding joint operations. In 2019, this proportion amounted to 46%.
During 2019, we defined the Group’s community investment focus areas: Education, Environment, and Resilient local communities. The proportion of community investment related to Education was 18%, while the proportion of those related to Environment and Resilient local communities was 6% and 66%, respectively. The total number of employees involved in community investment activities during working hours amounted to 1 771. The total contribution to communities was EUR 2.7 million, including 50% of the community investments by our 50/50 joint operations in Brazil and Uruguay. The total number of Stora Enso’s voluntary community investment projects was 441, including those facilitated by our joint operations.
In 2019, Stora Enso published Group-wide Volunteering Guidelines to enable Stora Enso employees to volunteer eight hours of paid work time annually to charitable causes.
In many locations, Stora Enso benefits the local economy as a major employer, taxpayer, and partner to local entrepreneurs. We apply precautionary management actions to mitigate and remedy potential adverse environmental and social impacts on neighbouring communities. These include:
Contributing to the vitality of neighbouring communities is high on Stora Enso's agenda. Actions include investments in agroforestry programmes, educational support, and volunteer activities.
Our joint operations have each developed formal procedures for their respective community investment work to reflect Stora Enso’s requirements.
To ensure that Stora Enso’s production, raw material sourcing, and labour supply remain both sustainable and competitive, the communities which we depend on must be able to thrive economically, socially, and environmentally.
Our operations generate emissions and our tree plantations influence land use in ways that may adversely impact the rights of those communities. Our socio-environmental impacts must be managed responsibly in order to minimise negative impacts, maximise our positive influence, and maintain a constructive community dialogue that ensures our long-term license to operate.
Our commitment to respect human rights covers all our operations, including our employees, contractors, suppliers, and surrounding communities.