Environmental Policy

We actively strive for recognised best environmental performance in our operations, acknowledging the production efficiencies that can be achieved through good environmental management. We comply with all applicable laws and are guided by the relevant internationally recognised principles.

We apply a precautionary approach in our decision-making and integrate environmental principles into our business strategy.

In order to achieve our objectives, we will:

  • Observe the relevant local, national and regional laws and all relevant international treaties and agreements
  • Act in accordance with internationally declared principles and standards, including but not limited to the UN Sustainable Development Goals, the ten principles of the UN Global Compact and the UNGC CEO Water Mandate, and adhere to UNEP’s principles of Resource Efficiency and Cleaner Production
  • Minimise our impact on the environment; from the use of natural resources to the management of our emissions, discharges and wastes, also considering our indirect impacts, such as those from the supply of raw materials and logistics Meet the relevant local, national and regional laws and all relevant international treaties and agreements

With regard to resource efficiency, we will:

  • Promote the resource efficiency of our production processes, raw materials, water, energy and recycling, and the cascading use of wood and forest products
  • Reduce waste to landfill and promote the secondary use of by-products and improved recycling rates
  • Acknowledge that access to fresh water, sanitation and hygiene is recognised by the UN as a fundamental human right, observe the principles of the UN CEO Water Mandate as we manage our water footprint throughout all stages of operation, and establish specific water goals to drive the efficient use of water
  • Maintain updated water impact assessments for our paper mill and all converting operations to improve the management of our water footprint and protect water resources
  • Place additional focus in water-stressed areas on common water concerns, and promote collective action on shared challenges, including by educating stakeholders, such as suppliers and customers, on water issues

With regard to minimising environment impacts, we will:

  • Promote and invest in innovation and clean technology
  • Understand our operations’ impact on the environment in terms of waste generated, air emissions, water discharges and other impacts such as noise, and establish plans and set targets to minimise these impacts
  • Substitute hazardous chemicals in processes and products with non-toxic or less toxic process chemicals and raw materials, in accordance with the best available techniques
  • Design products and production processes to reduce the quantity and hazardous characteristics of our emissions, discharges and waste
  • Ensure that all new projects at our paper mill and all converting plants review the best available techniques, including waste and wastewater treatment and the handling and storing of chemicals
  • Develop, implement and maintain ISO 14001 certified environmental management systems at our paper mill and all converting operations
  • Disclose information about our environmental performance to the public through participation in global sustainability data reporting organisations
  • Seek to prevent the occurrence of environmental incidents and complaints and, in case of any such events, we will report, thoroughly investigate and put measures in place to avoid recurrences