SCA acclaimed as one of the most sustainable companies in the world both in the UK and globally
Leading global hygiene and forest products company SCA is spearheading the way for more sustainable ways of working, after being recognised as a world-leader in the field.
SCA, the company behind household global brands including TENA, Tork and Bodyform, has proved its sustainability credentials by being included in the world’s most credible and well-known indices.
It has been honoured in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index, the Carbon Disclosure Project Leadership Index and FTSE4GOOD – with each of these recognising that sustainability is at the heart of everything the company does.
Today SCA – which is one of the largest tissue companies in the UK & Republic of Ireland, boasting six manufacturing sites and over 1,800 employees – publishes its Sustainability Report, which sets out the company’s next aspirations, while also highlighting many of its sustainability achievements in 2015.
Such successes are in line with SCA’s core company values of respect, responsibility and excellence, and reflect its dedication to employing and promoting leading ethical corporate best practice.
Sally Barker, UK managing director of SCA in the UK&ROI, said: “We are very proud of our sustainability accomplishments and we will continue to strive to make even further improvements. While our targets are ambitious, we are committed to achieving them on time or even earlier – as we have done in the past.”
As part of its commitment to the environment, supported by its Velvet tissue brand, SCA has planted more than seven million trees to replace all the hardwood used to make its toilet tissue on a three-to-one ratio, which far exceeds the industry standard. In the UK over the past three years, the company has also worked with the Trees for Cities charity which saw more than 35,000 trees planted and encouraged participation from local community groups and schools.
Globally, SCA reached out to 2,000,000 people in 2015, offering advice and educating all age groups on a variety of topics from menstruation to incontinence, with the ultimate goal of enhancing quality of life.
By 2020, SCA aspires to reduce carbon emissions from fossil fuels and purchased electricity and heating by 20 per cent, as well as tripling its production of biofuels from its forests. As of the end of 2015, SCA’s CO2 emissions had declined by 17.4 per cent* and water usage in water-stressed regions had declined by 18.7 per cent**.
Kersti Strandqvist, senior vice president for sustainability, added: “Creating value for our customers, society and other stakeholders while minimizing the impact on the environment is part of our business model and we aim to reflect this in everything we do, so we are proud that this is being recognised globally. Health, hygiene and sanitation are at the core of the UN Global Goals for sustainable development. SCA strives to help deliver on these targets with our business.”
“Translating our ambitions into targets and actions and then follow up and report in our Annual and Sustainability reports is an important tool for SCA to ensure transparency to all our stakeholders.”