Targets and outcome

Measurable targets and follow-up are key drivers for SCA’s sustainability programs. Transparent targets makes it easier for internal and external stakeholder to monitor progress.

Not according to schedule = Not according to schedule
Not according to schedule, actions identfied = Not according to schedule, actions identified
According to schedule = According to schedule

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People & Nature Innovations


We will deliver better, safe and environmentally sound solutions to our customers. We strive to continuously improve resource efficiency and environmental performance considering the whole life cycle for new innovations.

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Hygiene Solutions


We will make our knowledge about hygiene available to customers and consumers and ensure access to affordable, sustainable hygiene solutions to help them lead a healthy and dignified life. In markets in which we operate we will:

  • Provide information on hygiene matters around our products and services.
  • Strive to implement education programs for girls, women and caregivers.
  • Strive to offer the best value for consumers, making hygiene solutions affordable to everyone.

OUTCOME 2015 1)

43% of SCA’s innovations improved in terms of social and/or environmental criteria.

Examples of SCA’s people and nature innovations include TENA Flex, TENA Pants, TENA Slip, TENA Comfort with ConfioAir, TENA Identifi, Tork EasyCube, Libero Touch and Arcwise.

Status: According to schedule

Share of people and nature innovations


OUTCOME 2015 1)

SCA held the number one or two position in at least one hygiene product segment in about 90 countries.

Around 500 million people used SCA’s products every day.

The hygiene educational programs SCA conducts worldwide reached 2,000,000 people.

We offered a broad portfolio of products ranging from the premium segment to the economy segment.

Status: According to schedule

Millions of people who used SCA products every day


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Code of Conduct


We will maintain compliance with our SCA Code of Conduct. All employees will receive regular training in the Code.

Our SCA supplier standard will be used to drive shared values and priorities through our supply chain. We will use it in all our supply chain contracts by the end of 2015.

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Employee Health & Safety


Our aim is zero workplace accidents, and we will decrease our accident frequency rate by 25% between 2011–2016.

OHSAS 18001 will be implemented at all main sites by 2016.

OUTCOME 2015 1)

91% of employees have received Code of Conduct training.

Status: According to schedule

84% (75) of SCA’s global hygiene supplier base and 86% (83) of the forest product’s supplier base had signed the SCA Global Supplier Standard.

Status: According to schedule

Employees trained in the Code of Conduct


OUTCOME 2015 1)

The accident frequency was 6.3 (6.7) per million hours worked, a decrease of 6%. Compared with the reference year of 2011, the decline was 31%.

Status: According to schedule

By the end of 2015, 68% (52) of SCA’s 65 main sites were certified according to OHSAS 18001.

Status: According to schedule

Reduction in accident frequency rate


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Climate & Energy


We will reduce CO2 emissions from fossil fuels and from purchased electricity and heating by 20% by 2020, with 2005 as reference year.

We will triple our production of biofuels from our forests by 2020, with 2010 as the reference year.

The production of wind power on SCA forest land will increase to 5 TWh by 2020.

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Fiber Sourcing & Biodiversity


We will achieve and maintain our target of zero fresh fiber-based material from controversial sources*, including pulp.

We will preserve the biodiversity of our forests. A minimum of 5% of our productive forest land will be set aside from forestry in our ecological landscape plans and a further 5% will be set aside as part of our consideration for nature in our managed forests.

OUTCOME 2015 1)

At year-end 2015, CO2 emissions in relation to the production level had declined by 17.4%, compared with the reference year of 2005.

Status: According to schedule

SCA’s production of biofuel from its own forests amounted to 610 GWh (687).

Status: Not according to schedule

Wind energy from SCA forest land totaled 1.9TWh (1.1).

Status: According to schedule

Reduction in CO2 emissions


OUTCOME 2015 1)

All deliveries of pulp to SCA’s facilities meet the requirements of the Group target. All of SCA’s wood-consuming units are reviewed by independent auditors and meet the requirements of the Group target.

Status: According to schedule

7% of SCA’s productive forest land has been set aside from forestry in the long term in our ecological landscape plans. In 2015, 14% of the area in planned harvesting sites was set aside for preservation.

Status: According to schedule

Productive forest land set aside from harvesting


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We aim to achieve water sustainability and we will reduce our water usage in water-stressed regions by 10% by 2015, with 2010 as the reference year.

All SCA pulp and paper mills will employ mechanical and biological water treatment plants by 2015.

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Financial Targets


The target for return on capital employed is 13% over a business cycle. The target is 30% for Personal Care, 15% for Tissue and to be in the top quartile of the industry for Forest Products.

Personal Care is to deliver annual organic growth of 5–7%, while the figure for Tissue is 3-4%. Forest Products is to grow in line with the market.

SCA is to maintain a solid investment grade rating.

OUTCOME 2015 1)

By year-end 2015, water usage in water-stressed regions in relation to the production level had declined by 18.7%, compared with the reference year of 2010.

Status: According to schedule

Mechanical and biological effluent treatment systems have been installed at all of the Group’s 43 pulp and paper mills.

Status: According to schedule

Reduction in water usage in water-stressed regions



The overall return on capital employed, excluding items affecting comparability, was 12% (11). The return on capital employed was 29% for Personal Care, 13% for Tissue and 7% for Forest Products.

Personal Care achieved organic growth of 7%, Tissue 5% and Forest Products 3%.

SCA had a solid investment grade rating.

Return on capital employed


Read more in chapters Water and Value creation for nature – Water.

Read more in chapter Targets and outcome – Group and business area targets in the Annual Report.

1) Excluding Vinda
* Controversial sources are defined as:
– illegally logged timber,
– timber from forests with a high conservation value, and
– timber from areas where human rights or traditional rights of indigenous people are being violated.