Metsä Tissue is committed to sustainability, high standards of business ethics and integrity as reflected in Metsä Group Sustainability Principles and Code of Conduct. Metsä Tissue expects all of its suppliers to commit to sustainability and to comply with the requirements set out in Metsä Group’s Supplier Code of Conduct .
The type of wood fibre raw material used in our products is defined by the specific quality requirements of each end-product. Metsä Tissue mills are covered by certified chain-of-custody systems to ensure traceability of wood-based raw material.
Our objective is to primarily use recycled fibre whenever it is suitable considering the quality and product safety requirements of the final product. The recovered paper used in the production of recycled fibre is sourced as close as possible to our mills to reduce the environmental impact of transports.
A great majority of the recovered paper we use is post-consumer waste, and we actively promote the collection of used paper and board products. Our target is to maintain the amount of recycled fibre at its current level provided that digitalization or the use of recovered paper as an energy source does not significantly limit the availability of recovered paper.The availability of recycled printing paper varies greatly and in some areas it has turned to descent.
In line with Metsä Group’s Sustainability Principles and Environmental Policy, Metsä Tissue is committed to using only those fresh fibre pulps that are sourced from sustainably managed forests, where economic, social and environmental issues are balanced and integrated.
Metsä Tissue promotes forest certification systems, such as PEFC™ and FSC® that are based on independent third-party verification. All of the company’s primary fibre pulp suppliers are chain-of-custody certified.
Additionally, Metsä Tissue requires its pulp suppliers to verify and demonstrate the following:
- Pulp suppliers wood procurement has been conducted in such a way as to safeguard forest biodiversity and the social values of the forest. This includes not procuring wood from controversial sources.
- Pulp suppliers must not procure genetically modified wood.
- Pulp suppliers commit to fulfilling the requirements of the EU Timber Regulation . They must report the origin of their wood raw material and thereby exclude unknown and illegally harvested sources. They must provide detailed information on other relevant sustainability issues upon request.
This commitment statement was approved and endorsed by the Management Team of Metsä Tissue Corporation on 18 December, 2009 and updated on 13 June 2013.