Metsä Board wins Finnish Circular Economy and Quality Award

The company supports a circular economy system

Metsä Board has won the Finnish Circular Economy award and Quality award in the Laatukeskus Excellence Finland assessment
Metsä Board has won the Finnish Circular Economy award and Quality award in the Laatukeskus Excellence Finland assessment

Metsä Board, part of Metsä Group, has won both the Finnish Circular Economy award and the Finnish Quality award in the Laatukeskus Excellence Finland assessment. The circular economy prize was awarded for the first time this year. Both the Quality award and the Circular Economy Award are based on the international EFQM (European Foundation for Quality Management) model.

The award jury comments on Metsä Board winning the award

The jury of the Circular Economy Award stated that the operations of Metsä Board are clearly outlined, with a systematic approach to defining the company’s direction, implementing its strategy, and monitoring and reporting on its performance. This was considered a sign of excellent performance and good business practice and strengthened a company’s competitiveness from the perspective of a circular economy.

“The circular economy is at the heart of our operations, and I was pleased to see how it was demonstrated at every level of our organization. This circular economy assessment allowed us to challenge ourselves and helps us further develop our operations,” says Anne Uusitalo, product safety, and sustainability director at Metsä Board.

Success in the assessment is a valid proof of a company’s strategic sustainability work and its high competitiveness. “The results and findings of the assessment provide us with further evidence for systematic development of our operations and processes. It is important for our customers and other stakeholders that the cooperation with Metsä Board is well organized and built on a viable foundation,” says Mika Joukio, chief executive officer of Metsä Board.


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