ESPOO, Finland, Aug. 20, 2020 (Press Release) -Metsä Fibre, part of Metsä Group, has been awarded a Platinum level rating by EcoVadis for the company's corporate social responsibility. Metsä Fibre’s result places the company among the top 1 percent of companies assessed by EcoVadis in the Manufacture of pulp, paper and paperboard industry.
“At Metsä Fibre, responsibility and sustainability are an integral part of everything we do, and strategically a key area for us. One concrete example of our aim to continuously improve our resource efficiency is our unique bioproduct mill concept where the aim is to utilize 100% of wood raw material, and continuously convert side streams from pulp production into bioproducts that offer higher added value than before. Also the new sawmill that we are currently building in Rauma will significantly contribute to reaching our target for fossil free mills, which is one of our 2030 sustainability targets,” says Ismo Nousiainen, CEO, Metsä Fibre.
“We are delighted to have further improved our previous high scoring results and are now among the highest performing companies assessed. We are all proud for receiving the highest level EcoVadis rating, and we will utilize the feedback as one tool to further improve our operations,” Nousiainen says.
EcoVadis assessments focus on 21 recognized CSI criteria which are grouped into 4 themes: Environment, Labour & Human Rights, Sustainable Procurement, and Ethics. Metsä Fibre was ranked especially high (90/100 points) on environmental topics. The methodology and criteria used by EcoVadis are in line with international Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) standards including the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), UN Global Compact, and ISO 26000.
Metsä Fibre is a leading producer of bioproducts, biochemicals and bioenergy. Metsä Fibre is the world’s leading producer of bleached softwood pulp and a major producer of sawn timber. Currently employing approximately 1,300 people, the company’s sales in 2019 totalled EUR 2.2 billion. Metsä Fibre is part of Metsä Group.
Metsä Group is a forerunner in sustainable bioeconomy utilising renewable wood from sustainably managed northern forests. Metsä Group focuses on wood supply and forest services, wood products, pulp, fresh fibre paperboards and tissue and greaseproof papers.
In 2019, Metsä Group’s sales totalled EUR 5.5 billion, and it employs approximately 9,300 people. Metsäliitto Cooperative is the parent company of Metsä Group and is owned by approximately 100,000 Finnish forest owners.