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With a global presence in more than 30 countries, Stora Enso engages with numerous local communities around the world.

Progress

Our key performance indicator (KPI) for community investment 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 2023, excluding joint operations. The progress towards the target was slowed down in 2020 and 2021, partly by the restrictions on volunteer work and community projects that needed to be enforced to ensure the safety of employees and community members during the pandemic. In 2021, the share of volunteer work and in-kind contributions increased to 42% (41% in 2020). When including joint operations in Brazil and Uruguay, the share was 18% (19%). For more information, see our Annual Report 2021.

In 2021, the number of Stora Enso’s employees in voluntary community work decreased to 1,432 (2,684), but total volunteered hours decreased to 4,483 (6,921). In total, the Group’s voluntary community investments amounted to EUR 2.0 million (EUR 2.7 million), including 50% of the community investments by company’s 50/50 joint operations in Brazil and Uruguay. The total number of Stora Enso’s voluntary community investment projects was 327 (343 in 2020), including those facilitated by joint operations. 

How we work

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:

  • Environmental and Social Impact Assessments (ESIAs) for all new projects that could negatively impact local communities.
  • Due diligence assessments as part of Stora Enso's acquisition and investment processes, including environmental, social, and business practice issues.
  • Environmental Management Systems, such as ISO 14001 for production units.
  • Sustainable forest management certification of Stora Enso's own forestry operations and suppliers.
  • Restructuring processes planned in cooperation with local authorities.
  • Grievance mechanisms available to communities close to our operations.
Stora Enso has a worldwide Community Investment programme where projects are managed and funded locally to ensure that the communities close to our operations are the main beneficiaries. The programme has three focus areas: Education, Environment, and Resilient local communities. 

Our policies

Our joint operations have each developed formal procedures for their respective community investment work to reflect Stora Enso’s requirements. 

Opportunities and challenges

To ensure that Stora Enso’s production, raw material sourcing, and labour supply remain both sustainable and competitive, we support and work with the communities which we depend on so that they are 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.

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Human rights

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

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