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Respecting human rights is a top priority for us.

Human rights

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Respect for human rights is a top priority for Stora Enso across our global operations, holding the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights​ as our primary guidelines.
Opportunities and challenges
Many of the human rights challenges we face are deeply rooted in local society, and can only be effectively addressed through long-term commitment and close cooperation with our stakeholders. As a signatory to the UN Guiding Principles we identify, assess, and address the human rights risks and impacts of our operations, products​, and services.​

​​Our policies
Stora Enso’s human rights commitment covers our employees and on-site contractors, external suppliers of materials and services, our business partners, and communities near our operations.​ Relevant Stora Enso policies and statements on human rights include:
How we work
Human rights risks are taken into account across Stora Enso’s operations from investment decisions onwards. 
Stora Enso’s human rights due diligence procedures include:
  • - Environmental and social impact assessments (ESIAs)
  • - Human rights assessment conducted in cooperation with the Danish Institute for Human Rights (DIHR) and used to define related human rights action plans globally
  • - Appropriate grievance and remediation mechanisms
  • - Accountability through transparent reporting​.​

Stora Enso has all action plans in place to address the human rights assessment findings, and implementing them is well underway.​

Progress in Q3 2016



On track

Not on track



Reg​ular review**

Implementation progress, % of all actions






* Issues that were identified in the Human Rights assessments but closed following reassessment of their validity in specific local contexts.​
**Longer-term actions without a targeted end-date that require continuous review.​

Our progress in areas of special interest to our stakeholders:


Guangxi, China

​​Stora Enso’s operations in Guangxi, Southern China, consist of tree plantations and the construction site of a consumer board mill in the municipality of Beihai. The mill, which is scheduled to start production in mid-2016, will employ some 270 people by the end of 2016. In total, we estimate that about 1 000 jobs will be created in Guangxi, mainly in forestry operations.
The key actions addressing human rights findings in Guangxi include:
- Ensuring employee and contractor safety at the mill
- Human rights training to security service providers
- Enforcing decent living standards and advancing children’s rights in contractors’ camps
- Implementing compliance with Stora Enso’s Supplier Code of Conduct and bribery and corruption policies.

We also continue to review and correct land contracts in Guangxi, a programme that was started in 2009 when irregularities in the contract chains were first discovered. Read more here.


​Stora Enso has a 35% shareholding in Bulleh Shah Packaging, Pakistan’s largest fibre-based packaging producer, and the country’s only liquid packaging board producer.

The key actions addressing human rights findings in Pakistan include:
- Child labour in supply chains
- Human rights training for security service providers
- Grievance mechanisms
- Training regarding workplace harassment and discrimination
- Implementation of BSP’s Supplier Sustainability Requirements
- Reviews of contractors’ wages and working conditions.

Child labour is unacceptable for both Stora Enso and BSP. The hiring of children violates BSP’s Supplier Sustainability Requirements, and any suppliers found doing so are immediately instructed to take corrective action in accordance with BSP’s Child Labour Remediation Policy. The policy requires suppliers to find a long-term solution for the child and the family in the best interest of the child, including facilitating access to school. In 2015, seventeen cases of child labour or young workers were found in the audits of BSP’s suppliers. All of the suppliers involved in these cases were re-audited within two months, and as a result, one supplier contract was terminated.
In addition to BSP’s rigorous auditing system, Stora Enso’s partnership with the International Labour Organisation (ILO) will support us in combatting child labour in BSP’s supply chains. In addition to this, the partnership aims at strengthening Stora Enso's global policy and promoting decent work in our global operations. More information about the ILO partnership, establisehd in April 2015, and BSP’s supplier auditing can be found on page 18 in our Sustainability Report​​.


Veracel, Brazil

​Veracel, our 50/50 joint operation in Brazil, runs a pulp mill and eucalyptus plantations in southern Bahia, Brazil. Veracel’s community engagement work focuses on land ownership and land use, and local social development.
The key actions addressing human rights findings at Veracel include:
- Restructuring and realising a programme to monitor on-site contractors
- Initiating human rights training for security staff
- Continuing to implement Veracel’s Code of Conduct for suppliers
- Improving grievance mechanisms
- Continuing to implement a Sustainable Settlements Initiative for land disputes.

For more information about Veracel’s work with the landless movement and indigenous peoples, see page 19 in our Sustainability Report.


​In Laos, Stora Enso continues to develop a trial plantation encompassing 3 900 hectares of plantations, of which 2 332 are planted with eucalyptus.
The key actions addressing human rights findings in Laos include:
- Signing an advisory service agreement with the International Finance Corporation (IFC) to support our operations in improving land management and community consultation
- Launching both a formal corporate grievance channel and a local grievance mechanism
- Working with the global non-profit BSR to calculate living wage levels to ensure that our workers in Laos receive adequate salaries (for more details, see page 33 in our Sustainability Report).