People and nature targets and outcomes

Measurable targets and follow-up are key drivers for SCA’s sustainability work. Transparent targets also make it easier for internal and external stakeholders to monitor the progress of the company’s sustainability efforts.

= Not according to schedule
= Not according to schedule, actions identified
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Employee Health & Safety (icon)Employee Health & Safety (icon) Employee Health & Safety


Our aim is zero workplace accidents, and we will decrease our accident frequency rate by 50% in the 2014–2020 period.

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

OUTCOME 20161)

The accident frequency rate was 4.6 per million hours worked, a decrease of 31%. Compared with 2015, the decline was 27%. A tragic fatality occurred at the Mannheim site in Germany.

By the end of 2016, 87% of SCA’s 63 main sites were certified according to OHSAS 18001.

Reduction in accident frequency rate


Accident frequency rate

OHSAS 18001

People & nature innovations (icon)People & nature innovations (icon) 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.

OUTCOME 20161)

40% of SCA’s innovations improved in terms of social and/or environmental criteria.

Examples of SCA’s people and nature innovations include TENA Lady Pants, Tork SmartOne and Okay Compressé.

Share of people and nature innovations


Hygiene solutions (icon)Hygiene solutions (icon) 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 20161)

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.

Millions of people who used SCA products every day


Code of Conduct (icon)Code of Conduct (icon) Code of Conduct


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

We evaluate all of our supply streams from a total risk perspective. By 2020, we aim to source 100% of our procurement spend from suppliers committed to the criteria specified in our Global Supplier Standard.

OUTCOME 20161)

91% of employees have received Code of Conduct training.

At year-end, 46% of the hygiene operations’ procurement spend was sourced from suppliers committed to the criteria specified in SCA’s global supplier standard.

Of Forest Products’ 23 largest suppliers, 87% had signed the global supplier standard.

Employees trained in the Code of Conduct


Climate and energy (icon)Climate and energy (icon) Climate and 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 reference year.

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

OUTCOME 20161)

At year-end 2016, CO2 emissions in relation to production level had declined by 18.4%

SCA’s production of biofuel from its own forests amounted to 740 GWh.

Wind energy from SCA forest land totaled 2.3 TWh.

Reduction in CO2 emissions


Carbon dioxide


Wind power

Fiber sourcing & Biodiversity (icon)Fiber sourcing & Biodiversity (icon) Fiber sourcing & Biodiversity


All fresh wood fiber-based raw material in our products will be FSC® or PEFC™ certified, or fulfill the FSC’s standard for controlled wood.

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 20161)

In 2016, 6.5 million tons of fresh fiber were delivered as timber, pulp, packaging, mother reels and products from a third party. 57% of fiber was FSC/PEFC certified, 42% fulfilled FSC criteria for controlled timber and 1% came from controlled suppliers.

7% of SCA’s productive forest land has been set aside from forestry in the long term in our ecological landscape plans. In 2016, 13% of the area in planned harvesting sites was set aside for preservation.

Share of fiber that is FSC/PEFC certified or fulfills the FSC’s standards for controlled wood


Water (icon)Water (icon) Water


Our plants will reduce suspended solids by 10%.

Our tissue operations will reduce the water usage by 10% and organic content (BOD) by 10%.

Our forest products operations will reduce phosphorous emissions by 10%.

All targets will be achieved by 2020 (reference year 2014).

OUTCOME 20161) 2)

Our plants reduced suspended solids by 12.5%.

Our tissue operations reduced the water usage by 1.5% and organic content (BOD) by 3.3%.

Our forest products operations increased phosphorous emissions by 35.6%.

Reduction in suspended solids


1) Excluding Vinda.
2) Excluding the Munksund and Östrand sites.

The Sustainability Report and the Annual Report should be viewed as a single unit in which information may be provided in either report or, where appropriate, in both. Read more at or in SCA’s Sustainability Report 2016.

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