HOW CAN SCA ACCELERATE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT?
This question is at the heart of ASAP and we’re excited to share what we’ve learned about SCA. There is a lot to say about SCAs sustainability work and the content on this page is a selection made by the ASAP team. The aim is to provide some insights into the forest industry, its challenges and opportunities, and to focus on SCAs core business and role as a change agent for a sustainable society. In other words, how SCA uses their competencies and resources to accelerate sustainable development. Want to learn more? Check out SCAs own links at the bottom of this page. Enjoy!
Did you know?
- Industry: A leading forest industry ecosystem.
- Company superpowers: Forest plays a crucial role to fight climate change.
- Number of employees: 4000.
- Where you operate (markets): Europe, China, North Africa, and North America.
- We plant more than two trees for every tree that we harvest.
What will the future of the forest industry look like?
The core of SCA's operations is the forest. For a hundred years, the forest has been managed for future generations. Now, together, we have decided to live fossil-free. Oil and other finite resources can be phased out by renewable forest products. SCA owns Europe's largest private forest holding of 2.6 million hectares. Everything is used: thinnings, stem and crown, to create sustainable profitability. Houses are built from the timber. Pulp is made from the smaller logs and crowns, which can then become school books, tissue and protective packaging: everything is renewable and recyclable. When the fibre has been recycled up to seven times, it loses strength and so becomes the energy that heats houses and communities. The energy they use comes almost exclusively from bioenergy, and SCA's transport network is also used optimally.
SCA's forests, which are growing as a result of responsible use, absorb a net total of 8% of Sweden's carbon dioxide emissions. SCA's climate benefits amount to roughly 8 million tonnes of carbon dioxide per year, which is more than the total emissions from all truck traffic and domestic air travel in Sweden.
Considering that SCA relies on trees for all its products, they still ensure that the forest grows year after year: about 3 million cubic meters a year! If we compare the size of the forest today with 1950, it is now 60% larger than it was then. At the same time, wildlife and nature should continue to live as it did then, now and in the future. It is in SCA's own interest to ensure that their business model is sustainable.
Partnerships in society and at work driven by sustainable development
SCA wants to contribute to a better life for all the people and communities touched by their operations. They work long-term to actively contribute to a positive change and better everyday life in their neighbouring areas. At their workplaces, diversity should prevail and they work hard to ensure everyone comes home unharmed every day. With them, people should feel safe at work, grow and develop. Day by day, many small steps contribute to their sustainable ambition: to make the world a little better in the communities they operate within. They want to explore how success and sustainable development are driven by partnerships in society and at work. What initiatives and commitments should we capture?
What does the forest and the role of active forestry look like in a future bioeconomy?
SCA partners are forest owners. Together, they are building a sustainable future; but what does the forest and the role of active forestry look like in a future bio-economy? Bio-economy is simply a wise way to live without consuming the finite resources of the earth.
In a bio-economic society, we use renewable raw materials from the forest, earth and sea instead of fossil fuels and materials. In this way, we reduce our climate impact and optimize the value and contribution of ecosystem services to the economy. The forest and its products, are part of the solution to today's climate and environmental issues. Everything that is made of oil, can be made from a forest raw material instead.
We want to be tomorrow's employer for a sustainable future
Turn to SCA with high expectations. At SCA, it is the people who make their successes. SCA is easy to deal with and make every effort to understand your needs better than anyone else. They also promise to ensure that you get exactly the skills that the situation requires. Together we build a sustainable future. The result of their work will be sustainable and renewable products, efficient transport solutions, and access to valuable forests. With 4,000 employees in northern Sweden, they can offer employees a job close to nature with challenges in stimulating teams. They want to be tomorrow's employer for a sustainable future.
Future challenges and opportunities
The increasing awareness of sustainability in all aspects of life will continue and opens new possibilities for the forest industry. One is the need for a transformation to a fossil-free society, which requires renewable and recyclable materials. This is already the case with wood and, with innovations, new opportunities will come.
Other trends are globalization and increasing wealth that will lead to increasing demand for sustainable packaging. Increasing e-commerce and reduction of food waste are two examples of drivers in this area.
Besides being a source of raw material and a carbon sink, the forests have many other values such as promoting biodiversity, creating work opportunities often outside of the cities, offering possibilities for recreation, and land rehabilitation. In the future these values will probably be more visual and recognized. The forests and the forest industries are an essential player in meeting the needs of the society of tomorrow.
- SCA website, about sustainability
- Annual report 2018, "Sustainability Facts", p 119
- SCA film, "The Tree and the Human" (below news section)
- SCA film, "Fossil free world" (top section)
- SCA website, about SCA's climate benefits
- SCA website, about responsible forestry and Q&A
- SCA website, career pages
- SCA website, purpose, core values and the story
- SCA film, examples of partnership to promote childrens' physical activity in the forest, here and here (swedish)