Sustainability objectives are an important part of Metsä Group's and Metsä Tissue's strategy and the management and development of operations. Strategic sustainability objectives support the mitigation of climate change and our work towards climate neutrality. Long-term goals have also been set for the continuous development of operational ethics and safety.
Metsä Tissue is a forerunner in the development of operating methods and products that have minimal impact on the environment. In spring 2019, Metsä Tissue announced new strategic sustainability targets that extend until 2030. They are in line with the Group’s targets, which focus on considering forest growth, biodiversity, climate and the environment, offering sustainable alternatives, and creating well-being.
The objectives of the whole Metsä Group are:
- Increasing the amount of carbon stored in forests and produts as well as safeguarding biodiversity
- Fossil free mills and resource efficient production
- Fossil free raw materials and sustainable supply chain
- Responsible corporate culture and accident-free work environment
Following the Group's objectives, Metsä Tissue strives to achieve an accident-free work environment, fossil-free mills and raw materials, efficient utilisation of production side streams and process water, and ensuring the responsibility of the supply chain and the traceability of raw materials. In addition, Metsä Tissue's own sustainability targets include a plastic-free product portfolio and increasing efficiency in logistics.
In April 2020, Metsä Tissue was awarded the highest Platinum level rating by EcoVadis for its approach to sustainability and corporate social responsibility as a supplier. Overall Metsä Tissue is also in the top 1% of companies assessed by EcoVadis in the manufacture of other articles of paper and paperboard. EcoVadis operates a platform allowing companies to assess the environmental and social performance of its suppliers on a global basis. The themes of the EcoVadis assessment include Environment, Labour & Human Rights, Ethics, and Sustainable Procurement.
Metsä Group publishes annually a sustainability report, which includes more information on Metsä Tissue's sustainability management, the Group's objectives and their realization.