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|Sustainability topic||Key performance indicator (KPI)||2022||2021||2020||Targets||Progress comment|
|Climate||Reduction of production units’ fossil CO2e emissions (scope 1 and 2)||-27%||-14%||-13%||−50% by the end of 2030 from a 2019 base-year||On track – emissions decreased mainly due to less use of fossil fuels in multiple production sites as well as the ceasing operations at the Veitsiluoto mill in Finland.|
|Reduction of fossil CO2e emissions in supply chain, transportation and customer operations (scope 3)||-27%||-4%||-10%||−50% by the end of 2030 from a 2019 base-year||On track – emissions decreased year-on-year due to mill closures and the end of dissolving pulp production.|
|Circularity||% of technically recyclable products||94%||94%||n/a||100% by the end of 2030||On track – coverage remained high in 2022. Reporting started in 2021 covering Stora Enso’s packaging, pulp, paper and solid wood products as well as biochemical by-products.|
|Biodiversity||% of the owned and leased lands in wood production and harvesting covered by forest certification schemes||99%||99%||99%||Maintain at least the coverage level of 96%||Achieved – certain purchased areas in Stora Enso’s joint operations in Brazil and Uruguay were in the certification process but not yet certified by the end of 2021. During 2022, the reporting on biodiversity will be complemented with specific biodiversity indicators in a new online reporting tool.|
|Responsible business practices|
|Environmental incidents||Number of significant non-compliance events||15||8||8||Zero non-compliance events||Not achieved – significant non-compliance events occurred despite prevention measures.
|Energy||Projected energy savings, % (MWh saved/ MWh total energy used, electricity and heat)||-1.1%||-0.6%||-0.9%||-0.8% annual energy saving until 2030||Achieved – projected energy savings above the target. As of 2023 the annual target increases to -1.1%.|
|Materials, residuals and waste||Process residuals utilisation rate (%)||99%||98%||98%||Maintain at least the coverage level of 98%||Achieved – stable performance with a high utilisation rate of process residuals.|
|Water||Process water discharge per saleable tonne of pulp, paper and board (m3/t)||31||31||31||Decreasing trend from 2016 baseline (27m3)
||Not achieved – water performance normalised by tonne was partly affected by lower production levels compared to the baseline year. During 2022 Stora Enso committed to a new water target to reduce specific process water discharges per saleable tonne (m3/tonne) by 17% by 2030 from the 2019 baseline year.|
|Total water withdrawal per saleable tonne of pulp, paper and board (m3/t)||61||60||66||Decreasing trend from 2016 baseline (59m3)||Not achieved – see above.|
|Employees||Diversity and inclusion: % of female managers among all managers1||23%||23%||23%||25% by the end of 2024||On track - the share of female managers slightly increased during the year.|
|Safety||Total Recordable Incident (TRI) rate||5.9||6.2||6.1||Milestone of 5.3 by the end of 2022||Not achieved – Stora Enso’s safety performance remained stable, but the milestone for 2022 was not achieved.|
|Business ethics||Ethics and Compliance Index||8.7||n/a||n/a||Positive trend||In progress – measurement of Ethics and Compliance Index with new questions in Stora Enso’s employee survey was reinitiated during 2022.|
|Human rights||Implementation of Human Rights due dilligence programme||Remaining two development actions finalised, continuous improvements||22 out of 24 development actions finalised in Group function processes||24 development actions mapped in Group function processes||Ensure efficient implementation of human rights due diligence programme.||In progress – continued focus on human rights due diligence.
|Community||Community Investment (CI): % of working hours and in-kind in the total CI||41%||42%||41%||Increase to 70% by 2023 while also increasing the total CI||Behind – cash donations to emergency relief in Ukraine and Pakistan increased total community investment but decreased the percentage of working hours and in-kind.|
|Sustainable sourcing||% of supplier spend covered by our Supplier Code of Conduct||96%||96%||96%||Maintain at least the coverage level of 95%||Achieved – stable performance with high coverage|
1 Employee target updated in 2022 to cover share of females among managers (previously Leadership Index)
For detailed accounting principles and possible restatements of historical figures, see respective chapters in our Annual Report 2022.
Definitions and calculation of key sustainability figures
GHG emissions, scope 1 + 2
Direct fossil CO2e emissions from production (scope 1) and indirect fossil CO2e emissions related to purchased electricity and heat (scope 2) in all production units. Excluding joint operations. Accounting based on guidelines provided by the Greenhouse Gas Protocol of the World Resource Institute (WRI) and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD.
GHG emissions, scope 3
Fossil CO2 equivalent (CO2e) emissions from supply chain, transportation and customer operations are estimated based on the most recent methodology. Stora Enso applies activity-based methodology for scope 3 accounting which means that the emissions are estimated based on the volumes of sourced inputs and delivered products. Material emission categories included in scope 3 emissions are reviewed annually. Accounting based on guidelines provided by the Greenhouse Gas Protocol of the World Resource Institute (WRI) and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD).
Forest certification coverage
The proportion of land in wood production and harvesting owned or leased by Stora Enso that is covered by forest certification schemes. Reporting on total land area and its forest certification coverage aligned with financial reporting on forests assets.
Share of technically recyclable products
Product circularity is calculated based on the technical recyclability of products and their production volumes consolidated as tonnes. Technical recyclability is defined by international standards and tests, when available, and in the absence of these, by Stora Enso’s tests that prove recyclability. The reporting scope includes Stora Enso’s packaging, pulp, paper and solid wood products as well as biochemical by-products.
Total water withdrawal and process water discharges per saleable tonne
Total water withdrawal includes process water and cooling and non-contact water intakes by board, pulp and paper mills as cubic metres (m3). Process water discharges include the discharges of board, pulp and paper mills as cubic metres (m3). The water withdrawal and discharges are normalised by dividing water m3 with the total production of board, pulp and paper as saleable tonnes (t) during the same period.
TRI (Total recordable incidents) rate
Number of incidents per one million hours worked. The figure represents own employees, including employees of the joint operations Veracel and Montes del Plata.
Supplier Code of Conduct (SCoC) coverage
Stora Enso measures the proportion of total supplier spend covered by its Supplier Code of Conduct (SCoC) for all categories and divisions. The total supplier spend excludes joint operations, intellectual property rights, leasing fees, financial trading, government fees such as customs charges, and wood purchases from private individual forest owners.