We respect the cultures and values of local people and societies in the various regions we operate. We always strive to contribute to social and economic development.
Building on the local community work Stora Enso has carried out over many years, we implemented a new group-wide framework for our community investment work in 2017.
In 2018, the total number of Stora Enso’s voluntary community investment projects was 453, including those facilitated by our joint operations Veracel in Brazil and Montes del Plata in Uruguay. The largest community investment areas in 2018 were economic development, education, and healthy lifestyles. Based on our reporting, the total contribution of these activities consisted of cash (76% of total contribution), volunteered working time (13%), and in-kind contributions (11%). In 2018, the total voluntary contribution to communities as defined by LBG was EUR 2.7 million, including 50% of the community investments by our 50%-owned joint operations in Brazil and Uruguay.
In many locations, Stora Enso is a major employer, tax-payer, and partner for local entrepreneurs, which positively impacts the local economy. In addition to implementing mandatory and regulated contributions to communities, 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 capacity building, local nature conservation, agroforestry programmes and socio-economic development projects.
Our joint operations have each developed formal procedures for their respective community investment work.
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.
Stora Enso's mills are heavily dependent on energy and raw materials, and they generate emissions that may impact neighbouring communities. Our tree plantations in China, Brazil, and Uruguay influence local land use, livelihoods, and ecosystems. Our socio-environmental impacts must be managed responsibly to maximise their positive influence, maintain cooperative community relations, and ensure our long-term license to operate.
Our commitment to respect human rights covers all our operations, including our employees, contractors, suppliers, and surrounding communities.