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Metsä Board's certificates

Continuous improvement

At Metsä Board we aim to continuously improve our operations. Our management systems enable us to effectively assess our performance and continuously improve our operations. They also help us to achieve our strategic objectives, improve our key performance indicators, enhance our sustainability performance, and manage operational risks.

Quality management systems

The table below lists the ISO, FSC® and PEFC™ certification coverage of Metsä Board’s mills at Husum, Joutseno, Kaskinen, Kemi, Kyro, Simpele, Tako and Äänekoski. In North America, Metsä Board is also approved to use the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® SFI® Global on-product label for Metsä Board's PEFC™ certified products. SFI® is the North American forest certification system endorsed by PEFC.


Management systems ​ ​ ​ ​Chain of Custody ​
ISO 9001ISO14001ISO22000 FSSC22000​ISO45001

​Husum ​ISO9001 ​ISO14001












At Metsä Board we aim to increase the understanding of our economic, social and environmental interactions and impacts. We have open and transparent dialogue with our stakeholders, and we report regularly on our sustainability topics in Metsä Board’s Annual Report, as well as in Metsä Group’s Sustainability Report.

We also participate in several external assessments that evaluate our performance in the context of sustainability and corporate social responsibility. These assessments provide valuable information to investors, customers and other stakeholders. Moreover, the various ESG and CSR assessments serve as tools to further develop our policies and processes.

Paper profiles

Paper profile ‒ an industry wide declaration

Metsä Board communicates its product-specific environmental data through Paper Profile declarations. These declarations are issued for individual products to provide specific data on product composition and key environmental parameters, e.g. emissions into water and air (including COD, AOX, SO2 and CO2), waste, and purchased electricity consumption. Information is also provided on environmental management, the origin of wood, the wood species and chain of custody procedures. In addition, we work towards adopting a unified life cycle assessment approach across all our main product categories.

The Paper Profile scheme is a standardised tool used by the manufacturers of paper and board products to communicate the environmental performance of their products. It was jointly developed by paper manufacturers, distributors and industry associations across Europe. The goal of these product-specific declarations is to provide objective, transparent and comparable information on key environmental parameters such as emissions, electricity, waste and product composition.

Metsä Board was amongst the first paperboard producers to launch Paper Profiles for all of its board products, and the information in these is always verified by an external third party. Metsä Board’s Paper Profiles can be found in each product’s detailed specifications. See the Paper Profiles for all our products.

Life cycle analysis  and carbon footprint

The environmental impact of a product is generated over its entire life cycle and is affected by the raw materials, the production process and transport, and by how the product is used, recycled and disposed of. Our lightweight products, produced resource-efficiently and principally from renewable raw material, meet the needs of the circular economy well. All our paperboards are recyclable, and with the help of good packaging design and initiatives to promote recycling, our goal is for our products to be recycled.

The results of a life cycle analysis (LCA) are impacted by the chosen system boundaries and methods: the wider the system boundary, the more environmental impacts are reported. Due to differences in system boundaries and methods, when comparing products manufactured by different companies one must consider not only the analysis results but also the limitations that affect those results, such as which stages of the production chain the life cycle analysis includes.

At Metsä Board we follow the environmental impact of our paperboards with life cycle analyses prepared in accordance with the ISO 14040 and ISO 14044 standards. Some of the most common impact categories considered in a life cycle analysis are global warming potential (GWP), acidification, eutrophication and primary energy consumption. From the perspective of paperboard’s climate impact and carbon footprint, the energy mix used in its production and the lightness of the material are the most relevant factors. The carbon footprint of our products will become even smaller as we move towards 100% fossil-free energy use in our production processes. At its best, the carbon footprint of packaging made from our fresh fibre paperboard is currently more than 50% smaller than that of packaging of an equivalent stiffness made from recycled fibre or solid bleached board (Ecoinvent database).

A product’s carbon footprint describes the fossil carbon dioxide emissions over its life cycle. Metsä Board's carbon footprint calculation is extensive and based on the Confederation of European Paper Industries Ten Toes methodology. The calculation covers carbon dioxide emissions from harvesting, the production of other raw materials and fuels, purchased energy, and process fuels for pulp and paperboard production. The calculation also includes the amount of biogenic carbon bound to the product.

If you are interested in a product-specific life cycle analysis or carbon footprint calculation, please contact us.