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Södra's board of directors adopts new sustainability policy

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Södra's board of directors adopts new sustainability policy

November 13, 2012 - 15:46
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VAXJO, Sweden, Nov. 8, 2012 (Press Release) -Södra's Board of Directors has adopted a new sustainability policy as part of the development of the company's sustainability objectives. The policy builds on Södra's successful work in sustainable development. The new policy replaces the company's environmental policy.

"The sustainability policy describes our ambitions to contribute to dealing with the major global challenges concerning the scarce resources of the earth and climate change. We also want to highlight our role in regard to social responsibility, both as employer and in relation to the various stakeholders in the community," says Klara Helstad, Head of Sustainability at Södra. "We also want to show that we stand behind the UN Declaration of Human Rights, the eight core conventions of ILO, concerning the fundamental principles and rights of working life and the ten principles of the UN's Global Compact".

"We see our efforts for sustainability as a competitive advantage and a natural part of our business model and our daily work. Our entire business is based on the forest as a renewable resource. Our members' commitment to their forests creates a good foundation for industrial operations of the company," explains Klara Helstad.

The new policy also highlights the energy issues and the desire to continually improve the efficient use of raw materials. This is of particular importance when non-renewable raw materials and energy sources are being used.

"For many years, we have had a clear strategy in the energy sector and we will continue to work towards reaching a fossil-free production during normal operation. Södra Cell is first in line, where the fossil-free targets will be achieved by 2014," concludes Klara Helstad.