The road ahead

We are committed to on-going active engagement with all our stakeholders regarding the material issues and future trends that impact on our business, as these provide important input for the development of our future sustainable development strategy.

We will do this through active dialogue and stakeholder engagement, by taking the time to explain our approach and understand alternative perspectives. Our business and SD teams will be directly involved in these discussions with our stakeholders, including NGOs, and we plan to implement practical measurable solutions that make both good business and sustainability sense.

We are improving communication with our employees to increase their understanding of the future challenges of sustainability within our business.

We have already made good progress engaging with our people on safety issues and we plan to apply the lessons we have learnt to address environmental and social issues. During our Making a Difference Day we will give a greater profile to environmental and social issues. We will increase the engagement with our converting operations and have established a converters’ environmental network group. We are also developing our social sustainability network group in our mills and plan to share best practices to develop a global framework, which addresses local priorities. Our global procurement and SD teams are working together to develop more sustainable supply chains.

The challenges and opportunities we face include:

  • Safety

    We must ensure that Mondi is a safe place to work for all our employees and contractors. In order to address low-probability, high-impact events, all sites have reassessed their top five risks and developed action plans to engineer out these risks and where not possible, implement robust procedures. Through strong and focused leadership, we will continue to manage the effectiveness of these plans and address our procedures and controls. As all four fatalities were contractors, we are reviewing our contractor safety management, particularly at our material operations.
  • Availability of and access to certified fibre

    The lack of available certified fibre will continue to be a challenge for our business, especially given the commitment of some of our larger customers to increase their demand when supply is already limited. We will continue to engage in active dialogue directly with the certification bodies (FSC™ and PEFC™) and, together with WBCSD Forest Solutions Group, industry associations and NGOs. It is important that everyone understands the challenges and works together on practical solutions.
  • Energy

    Energy is an important sustainability issue within our industry and we have made a number of significant investments in recent years to improve our performance. In addition to those already in production, Ružomberok will be commissioned in H2 2014 and Świecie in H2 2015. These investments will further improve our mills’ energy efficiency and self-sufficiency.
  • Water

    We will continue to focus on responsibly managing our water usage. We will use the information gained from our water impact assessments to develop action plans. We believe these actions, in addition to our investments in the Syktyvkar waste water treatment plant and upcoming investments in Świecie during 2014, will allow us to further reduce our water footprint. We are committed to on-going active engagement with all our stakeholders regarding the material issues and future trends that impact on our business, as these provide important input on the development of our future sustainable development strategy.
  • Waste

    We will continue to focus on reducing the waste we produce, and specifically on achieving our commitment to reduce waste to landfill by 20% by 2015. We have reduced this by 7% since 2010. We are now focusing on new and innovative solutions to deliver on our commitment.
  • Communities

    We will continue to engage with the communities in which we operate, using our existing CEP and SEAT framework. This provides a global framework to manage local priorities, identify and manage expectations and explain our approach.
  • Ensuring the integrity and sustainability of our supply chain

    By working together with our suppliers and customers to better understand the challenges and opportunities, we can improve the overall effectiveness of our entire supply chain. The new GRI G4 reporting initiative encourages businesses to place more emphasis on reporting their impact along the entire supply chain. We will focus on improving our understanding of our footprint beyond our borders to find manageable practical solutions.
  • New generation plantations

    We will continue to be actively involved in the development of the WWF New Generation Plantations Platform as we believe this provides a great example of how such an approach could be applied beyond forestry on a landscape level.

Our new five-year sustainable development commitments

Our sustainability commitments are driven from our risk management process, our material issues, business opportunities and broad stakeholder engagement. In 2011, we implemented our five-year sustainability commitments. These commitments have helped organise, direct, monitor and improve our sustainable development efforts during the past three years. We are now developing new commitments for the period from 2016 to 2020. We will actively engage in a comprehensive consultation process within and beyond the organisation to develop these commitments.

We will develop new commitments that are practical and measurable, and most appropriate and meaningful for our business, our stakeholders and the communities in which we operate. It is important that these new commitments are shared with all our people and our key stakeholders.

Establishing our sustainable development commitments [Flow chart]