Mestä Group's sustainability report 2016

Metsä Group's sustainability report 2016

Metsä Group's sustainability report 2016 has been published

Transparent sustainability reporting

Published: 05/04/2017 00:00

Wood, Metsä Group's main raw material, comes from northern forests where their growth exceeds the use. Enhancing sustainability in the value chain applies to all materials and services used. Metsä Group reports its sustainability performance at the Group, business area (Metsä Forest, Metsä Wood, Metsä Fibre, Metsä Board and Metsä Tissue) and product levels.

The Sustainability Report 2016 presents Metsä Group’s approach to sustainability management and detailed performance indicators. The Sustainability Report 2016 has been prepared according to the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) guidelines (Standards). We have selected indicators most relevant to our operations, products and stakeholders based on an assessment of the most significant sustainability issues for the company and its stakeholders.

Versatile northern forests

Versatile northern forests 

Forests provide wood raw material – but also recreation, wild berries, mushrooms and game. In Finland, a large share of the wood originates from family-owned forests belonging to Metsäliitto Cooperative’s 104,000 ownermembers. The forest owners are provided with services that help enhance the value of their forest assets and ensure future growth of forests.

The Finnish National Forest Inventory (NFI) produces a time series on the status of Finnish forests. Extensive information is gathered in inventories, which date back to the 1920s, providing a unique opportunity to monitor the changes in forests over the last 100 years. Since the 1970s, the growth of Finnish forests has annually exceeded the total removal by an average of 25%.

The data also provides information on biodiversity: the share of tree species has remained unchanged since the 1920s with a remarkable increase in growing stock. The volume of decayed wood has exceeded recorded volumes for the first time.

Forest certification – reliable tool

Metsä Group supports forest certification, the most reliable tool to ensure and communicate the sustainable and traceable origin of wood.

In Finland, Metsä Group’s main country of wood supply, the share of PEFC certified forests is currently around 75% (16.5 million ha), representing some 85% of forests in commercial use. FSC certification continues to grow in Finland, now covering some 6% (1.2 million ha) of Finnish forests. Forests certified by FSC are mostly double-certified, both by PEFC and FSC.

Metsä Wood's customer Norsilk delivers and processes sawn timber and plywood for their customers. “Depending on the customer segment there are small differences between sustainability emphasis. All require traceability of wood to its origins, which is why it’s important that Metsä Wood always knows the legality of its wood. As northern forests are managed sustainably, we are satisfied that Metsä Wood gets its main raw material from Nordic forests.” , says Marko Terho, Norsilk’s director of wood procurement and sourcing.

Read more about forest certification in Metsä Group

Forests in the carbon cycle

The ecosystem services for forests include wood production, maintenance of hydrological systems and soil quality. In the carbon cycle forests act as carbon sinks while growing but are sources of CO2 when wood is burnt. Timber products lock about a tonne of CO2 per 1 m3 of wood.

Forests in the carbon cycle 

Read also: Wood construction battles climate change through carbon storage

Healthy and satisfied at work

Healthy and satisfied at workWell-being at work is the foundation for success, both for employees and the company. It is created by good management and supervisory work. Metsä Group promotes and maintains well-being and working capacity with a system based on preventative measures. We aim to identify threats to work capacity at an early stage and to take the appropriate measures. Well-being, organisational functionality and job satisfaction are monitored on an annual basis with an Organisation Functionality Survey and a variety of other personnel surveys.



In 2016 Metsä Wood has implemented new working models to increase multi-skilling and flexibility and to share leadership. In Metsä Wood’s target organisation model, team shifts rotate tasks autonomously, which encourages employees to develop their own expertise. Autonomous teams maximise the versatile expertise of Metsä Wood’s staff in an entirely new way. Employees have a great deal of know-how and potential that can be applied to far greater effect enabling each employee to perform more responsible and diverse duties. These approaches will help to keep the companies competitive and stay at the cutting edge of organisational progress. Employee feedback has been very positive.


Download the Metsä Group Sustainability report 2016 (pdf)