We have to act in harmony with the society in which we operate in order to remain relevant now and in the future.

An ongoing and close dialog with stakeholders helps us understand what expectations there are of us as a company and the needs of our customers.

The dialog helps us to:Emplo

  • Continuous improve
  • Build long-term relationships
  • Prioritize our sustainability initiatives

Prioritized areas

In 2020, SCA has identified the issues that are important for the forest products company SCA and its stakeholders.

Strategic prioritering
 Why material  SCA’s materiality analysis



To be a credible and transparent company, business is based on a shared set of values derived from SCA’s core values of respect, responsibility and excellence that are described in SCA’s Code of Conduct, which all employees are to comply with. It is to permeate the company’s business relationships and interaction with stakeholders. SCA aims to establish a sustainable supply chain with suppliers and contractors that share the company’s values. • Etics and values
• Human Rights
• Supplier audits

Profitable growth

Long-term profitability requires sustainable and profitable growth in a responsible manner. The forest forms the core of SCA’s operations and profitable growth is created by growing the renewable forest resource and increasing the value generated by each tree. • In accordance with the company’s strategy

Fossil-free world

SCA produces and sells renewable products that can replace fossil-based alternatives and thereby contribute to reducing global warming. SCA also contributes to climate benefits through the net growth of the company’s forests, which absorb CO2 from the atmosphere, and by continuously striving to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from its own value chain. • Climate impact
• Green transportation
• Renewable energy

Valuable forests

Forest is an important part of the earth’s ecosystem. SCA conducts responsible forest management to preserve biodiversity and ensure long-term access to renewable forest raw materials. The company plays an active role in developing forest operations that promote low-impact forestry methods and maintain or enhance conservation values. SCA encourages and helps other forest owners to adopt responsible forest management. • Responsible forest management
• Biodiversity
• Supplier audits

Efficient use of resources


SCA continuously strives to improve its resource efficiency, which contributes to better profitability
while also being economical with the planet's resources and reducing the impact on the environment. Water is an essential resource and we safeguard access to clean water by minimizing our emissions. We work continuously to minimize waste and look for new uses for the company’s waste streams. Through innovation and product development, products are created that contribute to greater material efficiency for the company’s customers.
• Climate impact
• Resource efficiency
• Development and innovation
• Emissions

Responsibility for people and the community

Employees are the company’s most important resource. SCA secures the future need of expertise by developing employees and being an inclusive and attractive employer that puts health and safety first. Through the business, jobs are generated, both directly and indirectly, and SCA develops together with, and contributes to, the communities in which the company operates. • Health and safety
• Community engagement
• Diversity
• Skills supply

Essential areas

The materiality analysis is based on stakeholder dialogues, market trends and the company's strategic priorities, and forms the basis for SCA's strategic direction and focus for its sustainability work.

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Materiality analysis

Stakeholder dialogues

Stakeholder groups

How we conduct dialogues

Main topics

How we address the issues

Customers and consumers Customer visits, interviews, participation in customer events and seminars, trade fairs, mailings, website, social media Climate benefit, environmental impact, ecolabelling, fiber sourcing, forestry, biodiversity, human rights, reindeer herding, occupational health and safety, customer benefits, resource efficiency, innovation, quality, product safety, discontinuation
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• Customer surveys and customer visits
• Visits by customers to show our company’s value chain
• Dialogue and onsite visits to demonstrate responsible forest management
• Dialogue about climate footprint, FSC and PEFC certification, product safety
• Training in Code of Conduct and the Supplier Standard
• Development of new products and service concepts together with customers. Life cycle management of products
• Visit to customers by SCA experts in various fields
• Customers who perform audits of our operations
• Ecolabels and so forth, such as WWF ECPI
• Participation at trade fairs at national and international levels
Employees Performance reviews, workplace meetings, work councils, online surveys, intranet, internal courses, management meetings Health and safety, values and workplace culture, attracting and recruitment, skills development, succession planning, compensation and benefits, business ethics, working conditions, resource efficiency, environmental impact, product development, strategic development, discontinuation
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• The Group’s ZERO initiative for developing a health and safety culture, ISO 45001 certification (previously OHSAS 18001)
• Risk analyses and management of pandemic
• Consultation activities and separate meetings concerning restructuring in Sundsvall
• Use of the discussion tool “How do we act?” and training in SCA’s Code of Conduct, anti-corruption and business ethics
• Participation in student fairs and partnerships with the educational sector
• SCA’s podcast Ingenjörspodd and the staff magazine SCA Inside
• Introductory course for new employees, skills-enhancement activities, leadership training, Early career program and internships
Investors and owners Investor meetings in conjunction with, for example, interim reports, capital market days, the AGM, interviews, website Financial performance, market outlook, dividend and financial targets, areas of growth, forest valuation, risk management, climate impact, sustainability, corporate governance, discontinuation
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• AGM March 31, 2020
• Regular investor and analyst meetings during the year
• Roadshows in conjunction with quarterly accounts
• Risk management as part of the Board of Directors’ Report in the Annual report
• Capital market day, December 3, 2020
Suppliers Follow-up meetings, request for tenders and procurements, interviews, website Health and safety, supplier audits, business ethics, human rights, energy consumption, resource efficiency, climate impact, discontinuation
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• SCA’s Supplier Standard as part of contracts
• Supplier assessments and follow-up meetings
• Risk-based supplier audits performed on-site
• Training of purchasing staff
• Assessing countries and suppliers from a sustainability perspective
• EcoVadis platform
• Follow-up meetings with individual suppliers
Private forest owners Forest owner meetings, physical and virtual meetings, customer magazine, website, social
Lomg-term and sustainable forestry, management methods, forestry plans, ownership rights, forest management certification,
nature conservation, profitability
• Business contacts on an ongoing basis during the year
• Customer satisfaction interviews with private forest owners
• A small number of forest owner meetings in 2020 due to the pandemic
• Further development of Skogsvinge™ for greater customer value
• Collaboration with Skogscertifiering Prosilva AB (group certificate for private forest
• “Din Skog” customer magazine for forest owners
Meetings concerning specific issues, interviews, reporting to ecolabels and sustainability indexes, websites Forest management, biodiversity, climate and environmental issues, resource efficiency, green energy, human rights, hunting, reindeer herding • Stakeholder dialogues
• Memberships and involvement in organizations such as the Swedish Forest Industries Federation, the Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI), FSC and PEFC
• Involvement in the revision of the Swedish FSC standard, other standards and ecolabels
• Onsite visits to the company’s forests
• Collaboration with BirdLife to restore wetlands and improve conditions for great owls, such as Ural owls
• Roundtable discussions on methods to monitor and measure biodiversitysits to the company’s forests
Society Dialogue meetings, local events, public consutation, interviews, website Occupational health and safety, environmental issues, local issues, renewable energy, reindeer herding, labor market, education, community engagement, diversity issues, human rights • Dialogues with regulators, government authorities, municipalities and lobbyists
• Consultation and dialogue about investments, permits, employment and other local issues
• Consultation meetings with local Sami communities and residents living near to SCA’s industries and forests
• Board representation or participation in organizations for regional development, such
as chambers of commerce and Junior Achievement Sweden in the northern counties
• Brand surveys. Participation in “Skogen i skolan”. Kalla Champs to encourage young people to move around and discover the forest
• Supervisory and annual reporting to government authorities, for example environmental reportsen i skolan” and “Tekniksprånget”