In November 2017, Ahlstrom-Munksjö committed to the United Nations Global Compact’s ten principles for ethical business practices by joining the initiative. The company is now among nearly 8000 companies worldwide that have affirmed their dedication to respecting human rights, labour rights, environmental quality, and anti-corruption practices. As a signatory, the company commits to:
- Continue to improve business operations so that the UN Global Compact and the principles become part of strategy, culture and day-to-day operations;
- Communicate annually with its stakeholders on efforts to implement the ten principles, and post this Communication on Progress (COP) on the UN Global Compact website to support transparency.
”At Ahlstrom-Munksjö, we are dedicated to sustainability and responsibility from the highest levels of leadership to the most local concern in our supply chains or at our production sites”, said Jan Åström, President and CEO of Ahlstrom-Munksjö.
”By joining the UN Global Compact, we continue to affirm our commitment to ethical and responsible business practices in every area of our work. Joining the UN Global Compact is an important step forward in the company’s sustainability journey, as it reflects our enduring values and commitment to responsible business practices”, said Anders Hildeman, Vice President Sustainability at Ahlstrom-Munksjö.
In one example of taking action on these new commitments in the coming year, Ahlstrom-Munksjö will engage in plant-level sustainability trainings throughout the Group. The training program aims to integrate the principles of the UN Global Compact into local operations and define concrete actions how they can contribute to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Founded in 2000, the United Nations Global Compact is a worldwide initiative to inspire company leaders to adhere to and report progress on socially responsible and environmentally sustainable business practices.
An International Standard for Responsible Business Practices
Founded in 2000, the United Nations Global Compact is a worldwide initiative to inspire company leaders to adhere to and report progress on socially responsible and environmentally sustainable business practices. The agreement’s ten principles include human rights (respecting human rights and avoiding contributing to abuses), labour (supporting freedom of association and collective bargaining and eliminating forced labour, child labour, and employment discrimination), environment (promoting a precautionary approach, environmental responsibility, and environmentally friendly technologies) and anti-corruption (preventing all forms of corruption, including extortion and bribery).
Ahlstrom-Munksjö is a global leader in fibre-based materials, supplying innovative and sustainable solutions to customers worldwide. Our offerings include decor paper, filter media, release liners, abrasive backings, nonwovens, electro-technical paper, glass fibre materials, food packaging and labelling, tape, medical fibre materials and solutions for diagnostics. Combined annual net sales are about EUR 2.15 billion and we employ 6,000 people. The Ahlstrom-Munksjö share is listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki and Stockholm. The company was formed on April 1, 2017 through the merger of Ahlstrom Corporation and Munksjö Oyj.