Sustainability data

We monitor the development of sustainability from a social, environmental and economic perspective, both in-house and in our supply chain.

We continuously develop our reporting. Annual information is compiled in our Annual and Sustainability Report, which includes also a breakdown of the key figures on a mill-by-mill basis as well as reporting in line with the requirements of the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD), the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB), and the EU taxonomy.

We are committed to process personal data in accordance with the EU GDPR, which forbids the processing of special categories of data such as personal data revealing racial or ethnic origin. We do not collect such data on our employees anywhere where we operate, even if the local legislation would permit, and are committed to treat people equally regardless of the characteristics they represent.

Social responsibility

       
Personnel  2021 2020 2019
Number of employees, FTE (1) (2) 2,389 2,370 2,351
Share of permanent employees, % 91.9 94.0 92.5
Share of temporary employees, % 8.1 6.0 7.5
Share of full-time employees, % 96.6 96.4 97.2
Share of part-time employees, % 3.4 3.6 2.8
Average age, years 46.1 46.4 46.2
Average years in service, years 17.8 18.6 18.7
Employee turnover rate, % (3) 5.2 4.5 7.7
Average training hours per employee (2) 11.0 11.8 17.6
Average training hours per employee (blue-collars) (2) 9.5 8.8 -
Average training hours per employee (white-collars) (2) 13.7 16.0 -
Share of employees having received training over the year under review, % 90 85 91
Coverage of Code of Conduct online training, % of personnel 99 99 97
Employees covered by collective agreements, %(2) 72 78 -
Diversity 2021 2020 2019
Share of women within all employees, % 21.9 21.3 21.1
Share of women in all manager positions, % 22.8 23.0 21.0
Share of women in executive positions, VP, SVP or CEO, % 16.1 19.4 -
Share of women in the Corporate Management Team, %  14.3 33.3 33.3
Share of women in the Board of Directors, % 33.3 22.2 22.2
Occupational health and safety 2021 2020 2019
Sickness absences, %  of theoretical working hours (2) 4.1 3.9 4.0
Total Recordable Injury Frequency (TRIF ) per million hours worked (2) 9.8 8.4 10.2
Lost-time accident frequency (LTA1) per million hours worked 2) 7.0 5.7 5.5
Number of lost-time accidents (LTA1), external partners (2)  5 7 13
Accident severity rate (2) 12.3 9.2 18.6
Accident severity rate, external partners (2) 18.2 12.1 10.3
Number of fatal occupational accidents (2) 0 0 0

 

Environment

       
Energy 2021 2020 2019
Total energy consumption, GWh (primary energy consumption) (4) 11,860 11,844 11,699
Total energy consumption, GWh (according to GRI)  8,428 8,355 8,398
Share of fossil free energy, % (5) 85 83 83
Emissions to air 2021 2020 2019
Direct fossil-based CO2 emissions (Scope 1), t 255,467 240,036 250,259
Indirect fossil-based CO2 emissions (Scope 2, market-based), t 184,028 282,236 262,442
Indirect fossil-based CO2 emissions (Scope 2, location-based), t 313,030 383,937 384,781
Indirect fossil-based CO2 emissions in the value chain (Scope 3), t (6) 1,854,840 1,847,773 1,026,896
Bio-based CO2 emissions, t 1,712,639 1,812,952 1,815,179
Sulphur as SO2, t (7) 295 356 336
Total reduced sulfur TRS, t 60 79 79
Nitrogen oxides as NO2, t 1,180 1,170 1,221
Particles, t 228 309 345
Water use and discharges to water 2021 2020 2019
Water sourcing, 1,000 m³ 115,095 113,633 109,087
Of sourced water used as process water, 1,000 m³ 59,551 62,037 59,381
Wastewater discharges generated from process water, 1,000 m³ 58,738 60,119 59,326
AOX, t 47 52 60
COD, t 10,448 11,022 12,675
BOD, t (8) 758 718 896
Total Phosphorus, t 29 22 22
Total Nitrogen, t 268 199 206
Total suspended solids, t 1,544 1,309 1,365
By-products and waste 2021 2020 2019
Utilised for by-products, t 49,603 69,913 38,411
Utilised waste, total, t 106,673 104,045 162,428
- Of which utilised waste for material use, t 46,250 37,141 73,535
- Of which utilised waste for energy generation, t 60,423 66,904 88,893
Landfill waste, t 337 1,124 1,501
Hazardous waste, t 1,558 685 936

 

Procurement and supply chain

       
Sourcing of materials 2021 2020 2019
Wood, Mm3 (9) 8.3 8.2 8.2
Coatings, binders and pigments, dry tonnes 314,727 350,155  398,000
Process chemicals, dry tonnes 8,646 7,240  6,500
Packaging materials, dry tonnes 35,738 30,059  28,340
Supply chain  2021 2020 2019
Number of suppliers 3,741 3,975 4,225
Share of fossil free raw materials and packaging materials, % of dry tonnes 99.2 99.3 99.4
Traceability of raw materials, % of total purchases 98 97 93
Suppliers' commitment to Supplier Code of Conduct, % of total purchases 98 96 95
Supplier background check passed, % of total purchases   92 84 65
Supplier sustainability assessment passed, % of total purchases 54 53 48
Number of supplier audits by Metsä Group 0 12 14
Number of supplier audits by external party 17 9 15

 

Economy

       
Selected economic figures 2021 2020 2019
Sales, EUR million 2,084 1,890 1,932
Production of paperboard, 1 000 t 1,918 1,857 1,835
Production of pulp and BCTMP, 1 000 t 1,362 1,372 1,373
Employee costs, EUR million 216.0 196.9 194.9
R&D expenditure, EUR million 6.0 8.6 8.7
Paid corporate income taxes and property taxes in Finland, EUR million 15.0 43.9 15.1
Paid corporate income taxes and property taxes in Sweden, EUR million 11.9 2.0 1.1
Paid corporate income taxes and property taxes in other countries, EUR million 5.6 0.6 3.1
Dividend and equity distribution, EUR million 145.8 92.4 85.3
 
References:

(1) Full-time equivalent FTE on 31 Dec

(2) Subsidiary company Hangö Stevedoring is included.

(3) The figure includes also redundancies caused by restructuring of business.

(4) Primary energy consumption describes the consumed energy and the amount of energy needed to generate it. Purchased electricity is converted into primary energy by dividing the amount of purchased electricity with the assumed efficiencies of the energy generation: traditional fuels 0.4; nuclear power 0.33; hydro, wind and solar power 1. Purchased heat is calculated by the actual fuel consumption of nearby power plants.

(5) Share of fossil free energy of total energy consumption. The figure includes own energy generation and purchased energy, calculated as primary energy.

(6) The increase in Scope 3 emissions after 2019 is explained by changes in calculation methodology: two new categories (Processing of sold products and End of life treatment of sold products) were added in the calculations in 2020. Calculation methodology related to purchased chemicals was also updated. Data for 2020 was revised in context with 2021 reporting.

(7) SO2 calculation contains also TRS.

(8) Figures in 2019–2020 recalculated to cover all mills.

(9) The figure includes the wood bought to Metsä Board's pulp and BCTMP mills and the wood used for the pulp purchased from Metsä Fibre.

Some of the environmental figures have been updated due to additional data.