Smithers: Why is it important to Stora Enso to be identified as a Renewable Materials company?
Dustin Schadt: We feel that it is our obligation as a corporation to be good stewards of our resources. There are some resources that have a limit, and once depleted can not be replenished. There are others that are renewable. It is our mission to responsibly utilize those resources that are renewable for current products and continue to research other applications where renewable resources can be used.
Smithers: What would you like your raw material suppliers know about your market, and how can they better meet your material needs?
Dustin Schadt: Though Stora Enso harvests or produces most of the raw material used for our products, it is important for us to have partnerships that continue to look at all areas of sustainability in developing their products and service plan. This includes social responsibility, economic stability, and environmental impact. There is a great deal of innovation that goes unsold because of resources, but if the innovation is worthwhile, these resources should not be an obstacle. With that said, Stora Enso partners with start ups and companies looking to provide better, more sustainable products and services so that the entire industry can benefit. But these partnerships are not limited to just start-ups. Stora Enso is open to bi-lateral innovation with its peers in other areas of packaging and paper.
Smithers: Tell us some challenges you have had as a company maintaining a sustainable lens, and what are some of your company’s sustainable initiatives?
Dustin Schadt: There are many definitions of what it means to be sustainable, and the lack of agreement in this area can cause issues. Stora Enso looks at Sustainability as Social, Economic, and Environmental. Our objectives are focused in all three areas. It is our social responsibility to provide every employee a safe environment to work, do whatever we can to have them arrive home safely every day, and be a good partner in the communities where we work. This takes into account not only direct employees, but standards for all of our suppliers and contractors. Food and Product Safety fits into this realm, and we continue to develop a better understanding of our processes, and how to make our product the leader in product safety for each of our product categories. Economically, we continue to organize our business and supply chain, to support continued profitability and future growth. This leads to our initiatives in Environmental sustainability where we are focused on replacing fossil-based material wherever we can. This includes continued production of micro-fiber cellulose, and developing applications where this resource can be used. Our initiatives also include developing better partnerships within the supply chain to create new innovation, and use intelligent packaging to reduce loss of product in the supply chain.
Smithers: What are you most looking forward to hearing about at SPUS 2018?
Dustin Schadt: I am looking forward to hearing more from my peers regarding new products within the scope of specialty paper, concerns or expectations related to product safety of packing papers, and insights on how Stora Enso could support the overall industry in meeting sustainability objectives.