To remain relevant, today and in the future, SCA must evolve in harmony with the communities that we are part of. Social challenges can serve as a source of innovation and development for SCA’s business models and product offerings.

SCA has a continuous dialogue with various stakeholders about how the Group can contribute to the positive development of society. This could include meetings and dialogue with municipal representatives, local residents, reindeer herding Sami and people who live close to SCA's facilities. The Group sponsors local associations, hold regular talks with recruitment agencies and employment offices and collaborates in various ways with universities and colleges in northern Sweden.

Maintaining a vibrant countryside

SCA contributes to the local economy in the municipalities in northern Sweden where the company conducts operations. Of SCA's more than 3,000 employees, almost all are employed in northern Sweden. In addition to direct payments, in the form of various taxes, SCA generates the preconditions so that trade, services and public services can continue to exist in smaller rural communities.

SCA's forest operations create jobs in rural areas, both directly and indirectly. SCA's forests, not least the forest roads SCA builds, contribute toward ecotourism, hunting and fishing. In combination, these operations create an opportunity for people to live and work in areas such as the inland region of Norrland.

Headquarters close to operations

SCA's decision as a listed company to locate its headquarters in Sundsvall, close to its operations, creates new jobs and mean that the Group is contributing to making Sundsvall more attractive as a town to live and work in. SCA has also been successful in recruiting specialist expertise to Sundsvall.

The proximity between SCA's research and development unit and Mid Sweden University contributes towards several interesting research and innovation projects in the region and attracts research competence to Sundsvall. SCA collaborates with IBM, Processum RISE and BizMaker in the Forest Business Accelerator for the development of startups with forest-related business concepts.

Examples of SCA's community engagement

• University partnerships to use AI technology for safer maintenance aimed at reducing the risk of accidents
• Kalla Champs was held, but adapted. The aim was to encourage young people to move around and improve their health through outdoor activities in the forest
• The transformation of a former landfill area into a bird area at the mouth of the Ume River to promote biodiversity, carried out together with partners
• Collaboration with the Swedish Forest Agency to assess continuous cover forestry on trial sites at one of the company’s retention parks
• Supporting associations and local community engagement in sport, culture and other areas
• Planting training for unemployed people. Some 40 people took part in a one-week training course and could then apply for work as a forest planter

SCA supports global initiatives

SCA supports the 2030 Agenda and the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals and makes a direct or indirect contribution to all of these goals.

UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals

UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals

Sponsorship and community involvement

Sponsorship and community involvement