Sustainable supply chain
Metsä Board as part of Metsä Group focuses on working with ethical, reliable and environmentally sound suppliers, whose quality and pricing will facilitate long-term cooperation and responsible profitability. We strive to develop cooperation based on trust with selected key suppliers.
We see no scope for compromise on responsible purchasing and sustainability all along our supply chains. This enables us to guarantee long-term success both for us and for our business partners, helping us to be a profitable and responsible business operator.
The majority of our purchases come from Northern Europe. Our target is to use local suppliers whenever feasible.
Supplier Code of Conduct included in contracts
Metsä Group launched a Supplier Code of Conduct in 2011 in order to ensure that the Group only cooperates with suppliers who act responsibly. Metsä expects all of its suppliers to commit themselves to sustainability, to high standards of business ethics, and good working practices.
Our Supplier Code of Conduct emphasizes respect for human rights and the need for a safe working environment, as well as actions against corruption and bribery. The use of forced labour or child labour is unconditionally prohibited. By the end of 2015, the document was included in the majority of all our new and renewed contracts.
Supplier auditing process
Metsä Board continuously develops a common monitoring process for its suppliers, while also preparing audit plans for each of our purchasing categories. One of the most important issues is to ensure is that there are no incidents of child, forced or compulsory labour in our suppliers’ operations. We also conduct risk assessments in order to identify risk-rated material suppliers who are then audited with regard to sustainability issues. We have set a new target to audit 100% of risk-rated raw material key vendors against our sustainability criteria by the end of 2016.
Efficient supply chain management and on-time deliveries are key elements in our business operations. For this reason we ensure reliable, safe and efficient logistics. Efficiency is attained by maximising delivery volumes, by optimising modal selection, also including return load utilisation, and by minimising ‘empty’ kilometres. As our mills are located close to our main raw materials, we are always able to optimise our transport routes.
All our mills comply with existing chemical legislation when procuring and utilising chemicals in our production processes. We hold regular discussions with our external material suppliers to verify their REACH preregistration and registration status. We maintain a detailed database on the most important chemicals used in our production processes, containing key environmental, health and safety information on each of the chemicals concerned.