Our work with Agenda 2030
Our planet and its people face great global challenges. We at BillerudKorsnäs share the UN’s belief that inclusive and sustainable economic growth is essential for prosperity and that companies should contribute to positive change.
To build a brighter future for coming generations, a shift to a sustainable and bio-based society is crucial. To achieve that, society needs to favor responsible companies and products. By offering renewable material and sustainable packaging solutions to the global market, BillerudKorsnäs enables good choices for customers and consumers all over the world.
At BillerudKorsnäs, we are convinced that we can tackle decisive global challenges. Mitigation of climate change is the ultimate one. In addition to providing recyclable paper-based packaging solutions we strive to reduce greenhouse gas emissions throughout the value chain and reach a fossil-free production.
Forests are the foundation for our products and the starting point for our value chain. We are dedicated to treating forests and water responsibly, and to protect ecosystems and biodiversity.
At BillerudKorsnäs, we believe that a sustainable society is inclusive and that diversity is vital for creativity and innovation. We aim to be an attractive employer providing a safe and stimulating working environment in thriving communities.
The private sector plays a key role in the transformation to a sustainable society. By challenging the conventional we want to take the lead.
Goal 8: Promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all
Sustainable economic growth is essential for realizing our mission. By growing our business in a responsible way, we continue to challenge conventional packaging and contribute to a sustainable future. Our employees are our most important resource – they drive the change and innovation we seek. BillerudKorsnäs works daily to develop a culture in which safety plays a central role. We believe that diversity and inclusion are essential for creativity, problem solving and goal achievement. This is why we make every effort to create a safe, stimulating and equal working environment where workers’ and human rights are a priority. We also work to ensure decent working conditions in our supply chains, without child labor or different forms of forced labor. We also want more people to succeed in getting the jobs they are looking for, why we continuously offer many young people and others outside the labor market to practice with us and find their way to a good place in working life.
Goal 12: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
To build a brighter future for generations to come, we need to encourage behavioural change and stimulate a shift in the market towards a more sustainable direction. By offering renewable packaging solutions to the global market, we enable climate-smart choices for customers and consumers all over the world. Our responsibly sourced paper-based products keep food safe and fresh. The resource-efficient production units are constantly improved to minimise energy consumption and environmental impact and we are close to achieving our goal of a fossil-free production. Together with our customers we reduce food and material waste, raise the level of recycling and make sustainable production, consumption and packaging reality.
Goal 13: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
BillerudKorsnäs wants to play an active role in the important work to fight global warming. We work continuously to shift the market in favor of renewable packaging and to boost the transition to a sustainable and bio-based society. From a climate perspective, our paper-based packaging, produced with 97.5% bioenergy as fuel, is superior to other materials, such as plastic, metal and glass. We work relentlessly to reduce our own climate impact, and we cooperate with other organisations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to close material loops.
Goal 14:Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources
Water is essential to life on earth, as well as to our business. Our mills are located close to major watercourses and we reuse water up to 50 times in our processes before it is purified and returned to the watercourse. We do not use ground water in our operations. In addition to our own efforts to conserve water, we partner with organisations to contribute to increased knowledge about the impact of plastic on our seas. Using biodegradable materials is a crucial piece of the puzzle to prevent plastic pollution.
Goal 15: Sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation, halt biodiversity loss
Forests are the foundation of our business. They provide us with the renewable material we need to continue to create products that both combat climate change and contribute to a sustainable society. Biodiversity is one of the preconditions for sustainable forestry, and we ensure that the wood we use is responsibly grown and that wild life in the forests is being protected. Active and responsible forestry has a considerable climate benefit and is of great value for local society.