Metsä Board, one of Europe’s leading suppliers of paperboard, has been awarded with a position on CDP’s Water A List for its actions to improve water security and better manage this shared resource.

This list features companies that are seen as being on the path to sustainably managing water. It has been produced by CDP (Carbon Disclosure Project), a global NGO that aims to motivate companies to disclose their impacts on the environment and natural resources and take action to reduce them.

Information provided by 405 listed companies has been assessed against CDP’s scoring methodology - developed in collaboration with leading peers and experts in corporate water stewardship - and ranked accordingly.

Metsä Board is one of eight awarded an A grade for its water management efforts. The others are Asahi Group (Japan), Colgate Palmolive (US), Ford Motor Company (US), Harmony Gold Mining (South Africa), Kumba Iron Ore (South Africa), Rohm Co (Japan) and Toyota Motor Corporation (Japan).

In 2013, Metsä Board launched an extensive development project to improve water usage and material efficiency by reducing water intake and fibre loss. It will also improve the efficiency of sludge and wastewater management. The raw material for its paperboards, fresh forest fibre, already comes from northern forests that do not draw on recycled, brackish or processed water. Around 95% of water used for production is returned to its source, and carefully cleaned before release back into the watercourse, ensuring the environment surrounding Metsä Board’s mills is not affected by their water usage.

“We are proud that our efforts in water security and management have been recognised by our inclusion in the CDP Water A List, especially as the only forest industry company in this category,” says Mika Joukio, CEO of Metsä Board. “Water is essential in making pulp and paperboard, but we continuously seek new ways to reduce its use. Our main water usage is fresh water, almost all of which is surface water from rivers and lakes, and we are very conscious of our need to minimise impact on this natural environment.