Our commitment and values

 

Metsä Board's values

Metsä Board’s values are responsible profitability, reliability, cooperation and renewal. These values guide our work towards our targets, and they are reflected in all our daily activities, such as the support we provide for our personnel’s decision-making, or in the recruitment of new employees.

Sustainability goals are an important part of leadership at Metsä Board. We have set goals for our operations and investments up to 2020, and we also set annual goals related to the well-being of our people.

Responsible profitability

  • We aim to produce high-quality products and services which add value to our customers’ businesses.
  • We strive to continuously improve our performance and results, to add value to the company for our owners.
  • Our parent company, Metsä Group, develops services for its forest-owner members. Its core activities are based on the principles of sustainable forestry and the continuing family ownership of forests over the generations.
  • Profitability creates the preconditions for the continuous improvement of activities to the benefit of our customers, owners, personnel and partners.
  • We are far-sighted, persistent and responsible in our work. We take responsibility for our impacts on the environment, our partners and all other stakeholders, in order to safeguard success in our own business and in the wider forest economy.

Reliability

  • We are a reliable supplier, and our success is based on close long-term cooperation with our partners.
  • We strengthen our owners’ trust by acting consistently and predictably.
  • Everybody working within Metsä Board has the right to a safe and healthy working environment.
  • We appreciate each other’s work and skills, whilst respecting cultural and individual differences among our colleagues.
  • We strive to maintain frank and open dialogues with all our stakeholders in order to build up trust and enhance our reputation..

Cooperation

  • We aim to enhance our activities in cooperation with our customers.
  • As a member of Metsä Group, Metsä Board benefits from the synergies between the Group’s different business areas.
  • We share know-how, information and best practices with each other, and support job rotation within Metsä Group.
  • We work in transparent cooperation with all relevant officials and public authorities. .

Renewal

  • We positively challenge conventional methods with an open mind, in order to improve our work and offer our customers suitable products and services that will add value to their businesses.
  • We improve the competitiveness of our company by putting emphasis upon research and development.
  • We encourage our personnel to be actively involved in continuous learning, to gain experience through job rotation, and to use their own initiative.
  • We are aware of the environmental challenges facing the world today, and we strive to find appropriate responses to them in our work.

Policies and statements

For Metsä Board, the respect for human rights and ethical business practices is a priority. As Metsä Board is a part of Metsä Group, our operations and way of working are guided by Metsä Group’s Code of Conduct and Sustainability Principles. These policies cover all three aspects of sustainability: economic, social and environmental responsibility. The same high standards apply also to our partners, and these are defined in Metsä Group’s Supplier Code of Conduct.

We promote ethical decision making, and one of our key targets is to reach full coverage of the Code of Conduct training for our employees. In 2017, the coverage of the training was 79%, and we continue to target the training at those employees who have not yet taken part.

Metsä Group has a set of policies and related instructions in place covering all relevant topics for its business areas, including, for example, policies on the Environment and Human Resources as well as Equal Opportunities for Employees.

 

The key principles of our Code of Conduct

Our Code of Conduct highlights reliability, openness and fairness. This is a summary of some of the key Code of Conduct principles applied to all our business practices and ethical decision making. Commitment to our values, integrity and these key principles is applied throughout the group.

Our key principles include:

  • Full observance of the law
  • Clear and transparent operational and decision-making structures
  • Straightforward cooperation with customers, suppliers, colleagues and other stakeholders
  • The best possible completion of assignments
  • Enhancing personal performance and proficiency
  • The careful storage of confidential information
  • Full compliance with Metsä Group’s Sustainability Principles

Conflicts of interests

Metsä Board employees must never take part in business transactions that could result in conflicts between the interests of Metsä Board or its group companies and the interests of the employee or the employee’s circle of contacts. Everyone has the responsibility to openly disclose situations where the possibility of such a conflict of interest exists.

The finances of Metsä Board and its group companies should be kept totally separate from employees’ personal finances.

Gifts, bribery, corruption

Metsä Board employees must not accept any bribes or business gifts other than non-monetary business gifts of a nominal value.

Metsä Board employees must not advance business through bribery or blackmail.

Competition

Metsä Board employees must not take part in any illegal practices that restrict competition, nor should they exchange business information or trade secrets with competitors.

Communications

Communications and flows of information within Metsä Board must be open and factually accurate.

Prevention of fraudulent actions

All fraudulent actions are forbidden within Metsä Board. All forms of fraud, including theft and deception, committed with the intention of gaining advantage will be reported to the authorities.

Implementation of the Code of Conduct, including enforcement and follow-up

  • The uncompromising commitment of Metsä Board’s senior management and line managers forms the basis of our enforcement of this Code of Conduct.
  • All line managers are responsible for the conduct of their subordinates. In unclear situations, employees must seek guidance from their managers, Group General Counsel or Compliance Officer on the correct course of action. Mutual feedback is given immediately and in personal development discussions.
  • Metsä Board is committed to protect the rights and privacy of individuals who report in good faith violations of our Code of Conduct or other non-compliance issues. All reported potential compliance violations are investigated.
  • The CEO of Metsä Board holds overall responsibility for the enforcement of this Code of Conduct. At a Group level enforcement is coordinated by the Compliance Officer.
  • Follow-up will be carried out within Metsä Board as part of internal auditing.

Metsä Board follows the wider Metsä Group’s clearly defined working methods and instructions with regard to environmental management, personnel management, equality and purchasing. Metsä Group’s Supplier Code of Conduct guides our operations along supply chains. Mill-specific management systems related to quality, environment and safety at work are integrated into the daily work of Metsä Board’s mills.

 

Our global sustainability agenda

Metsä Board promotes sustainable bioeconomy, and as part of this agenda we participate in global sustainability initiatives.

UN Global Compact

Metsä Board as a member of Metsä Group is committed to the UN Global Compact corporate responsibility initiative and its principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption.

The UN Global Compact is a joint initiative launched by the United Nations together with businesses to advance responsible corporate citizenship. Its ten principles, which enjoy universal consensus, are derived from:

  • The Universal Declaration of Human Rights
  • The International Labour Organization's Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work
  • The Rio Declaration on Environment and Development
  • The United Nations Convention against Corruption

UN Sustainable Development Goals

Our sustainability themes and targets are aligned with reaching the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set by the United Nations. These goals strive for ending poverty, protecting the planet and ensuring human rights and prosperity for all. From a total of 17 SDGs, we have selected five goals that have the clearest connection to our work.

GOAL 2: Zero hunger

Packaging made of our pure and strong paperboard protects food and ensures food security and therefore reduces the amount of food waste created within the logistics chain.

GOAL 6: Clean water and sanitation

Our paperboard production uses water sustainably and resource-wisely. 99% of the water we use is surface water and is returned to nature after careful purification.

​GOAL 12: Responsible consumption and production

Our paperboards are made of fresh fibre that is a renewable raw material and can replace fossil-based packaging materials. All our paperboards are recyclable, bio-degradable, or can be incinerated for energy. Lightweight paperboards consume less raw materials, less energy and water, whilst enabling lower transport weights and creating less waste.

GOAL 13: Climate action

Our energy efficiency improvements decrease fossil CO2 emissions. We also constantly aim to increase the share of renewable energy as part of our total energy consumption.

GOAL 15: Life on land

100% of our wood raw material is traceable and comes from sustainably managed forests that are either certified or meet the criteria of controlled origin.

 

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