The aim of this strategy is to involve the suppliers in the environmental
improvement work of the company. The strategy is based on experiences from Stora
The purpose of this strategy is to show how Stora Enso in a
systematic way has involved the suppliers in the environmental improvement work
of the company. The main target groups are purchasers, persons responsible for
environmental issues in logistic departments and other interested parties.
Stora Enso is an integrated paper, packaging and forest products company
producing publication and fine papers, packaging boards and wood products.
Analysis of the supply chain showed already at an early stage that raw
materials, services and transports play an important role for the environmental
profile of the end products. It therefore appeared necessary to involve the
suppliers in the environmental improvement work of the company, so that at every
stage from raw material to end product, the impact on the environment would be
This was done through the development of a computer based system called SE
Purchasers' Compass (Company management performance assessment). The system
assists purchasers in Stora Enso by evaluating the environmental improvement
work of the suppliers, something that will hopefully also benefit the customers
in the end. The leading idea is that the implementation of an externally audited
environmental management system, such as ISO 14001 or EMAS, provides a very
convincing demonstration of the suppliers' commitment to continual improvements.
However, the main purpose of SE Purchasers' Compass is not to phase out
suppliers not having implemented an environmental management system yet. Such
suppliers are instead encouraged to improve their performance. For smaller
companies it is not always feasible to be ISO 140001 certified or EMAS
registered, why other solutions might be acceptable in those cases.
Wood is by far the most important raw material for Stora Enso. The company is
also a large purchaser of transport services. Stora Enso Transport and
Distribution is responsible for transporting products from mills to customers,
and negotiates its own agreements with transport suppliers on a regional basis.
The other main categories of materials and services purchased by Stora Enso are
binders, pigments, chemicals, fuels, packaging, paper machine clothing,
maintenance, repair and IT investments. The purchasing of these raw materials is
carried out at corporate level by Stora Enso Purchasing and at local level by
different Stora Enso Local Units.
Stora Enso Environment, Stora Enso Purchasing and Stora Enso Transport and
Distribution are jointly responsible for the development and administration of
the SE Purchasers' Compass system. The main reason for a mutual tool is to
prevent that various production units or purchasing organizations within Stora
Enso make different demands on the suppliers. It is a way to set a minimum level
for the environmental demands.