Community

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. In 2020, this proportion amounted decreased to 41% (46% in 2019) due to Covid-19-related impacts. For more information, see our Sustainability report.

The total number of employees involved in community investment activities during working hours amounted to 2 684. 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 342, including those facilitated by our 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.

Quick links

Part of the bioeconomy, Stora Enso is a leading global provider of renewable solutions in packaging, biomaterials, wooden construction and paper. We employ some 23 000 people and have sales in more than 50 countries and our shares are listed on the Helsinki (STEAV, STERV) and Stockholm (STE A, STE R) stock exchanges.

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