ESPOO, Finland, Oct. 24, 2019 (Press Release) -Metsä Fibre, part of Metsä Group, has been awarded for the company’s sustainability work by the EFQM Global Excellence Award. The company won the Outstanding Achievement for Sustainability Award and reached the EFQM rating Recognised for Excellence 6 Stars. EFQM organisation gave the Outstanding Achievement in Sustainability Award to Metsä Fibre for the excellent work the company has done in promoting and continuously developing sustainability. Metsä Fibre received special thanks for the ways it takes sustainability into account in its investments and action plans, and for the way sustainability is reflected in the corporate culture at all levels of the organisation.
”We are delighted and proud for this recognition. At Metsä Fibre, our key principle is continuous improvement, and sustainability and responsibility are an integral part of everything we do. We use northern wood from sustainably managed forests for the resource-efficient production of our products, and to produce products which can replace fossil-based raw materials. We take care of our personnel’s well-being and safety, and continuously develop our mills to make them increasingly efficient in terms of the environment, resources, raw materials and energy. In addition to this, we also strive to use the production side streams as efficiently as possible as renewable energy and other bio products,” says CEO Ismo Nousiainen, Metsä Fibre. ”We utilize the EFQM model for the long-term development of Metsä Fibre. In this work, the external feedback is valuable for us.”
The EFQM Excellence Model is used as an evaluation and development tool in tens of thousands of organisations globally, both in the public and private sectors. The objective of the EFQM Global Excellence Award is to recognise Role Model organisations worldwide, whether private, public or non-for-profit. These are excellent organisations with an indisputable track record of success in turning strategy into action and continuously improving their performance. Metsä Fibre took part in the EFQM quality excellence competition now for the second time, in 2015 the company was one of the EFQM finalists. This year, Metsä Fibre improved its results to Recognised for Excellence 6 Stars level and won the Outstanding Achievement of Sustainability Award. In 2012, Metsä Fibre won the Finnish Quality Association’s Finland's Quality Award.
Metsä Fibre is a leading producer of bioproducts, bioenergy and sawn timber. The company is the world’s leading producer of bleached softwood pulp and a major producer of sawn timber. Currently employing approximately 1,200 people, Metsä Fibre’s sales in 2018 totalled EUR 2.5 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 cooking papers.
In 2018, Metsä Group’s sales totalled EUR 5.7 billion, and it employs approximately 9,300 people. Metsäliitto Cooperative is the parent company of Metsä Group and is owned by approximately 103,000 Finnish forest owners.