Holmen’s sawmills, paperboard mills and paper mills should be environmentally certified and applicable standards should be complied with in the long term. Holmen’s business operations must apply the precautionary principle to prevent, hinder or combat damage or detriment to human health and the environment. In the event of disruptions to processes, priority is given to the environment rather than production. The environmental impact of current and discontinued operations must be acceptable to individuals and the environment. Before changes to environmental permits are made, investment needs should be taken into account and approval obtained in accordance with the investment policy.

The use of water, chemicals and other input goods should be resource-efficient. The use of fossil fuels should be minimised. Chemicals, fibres and water should be recovered in order to minimise the environmental impact of production. By-products that occur in business operations should be collected and used for different purposes. Waste should be minimised.


Holmen’s sawmills, paperboard mills and paper mills should obtain energy certification and applicable standards should be complied with in the long term. The Group should endeavour to increase the generation of renewable energy.

Energy should be recovered and used for internal or external purposes in order to minimise environmental impact and to reduce the need for purchased energy.

Purchased electricity should come from fossil-free generation. Guarantees of origin may be used to ensure this.


Holmen’s forestry should be certified and appropriate standards should be complied with in the long term. Forestry should be conducted with the aim of achieving high-volume and sustainable production of raw material so that the growing forest and its products make a positive contribution to the climate. Forests should be managed responsibly in a way that ensures the long-term survival of native plants and animals in the forest landscape. The long-term productiveness of the land should be nurtured, aquatic environments protected and historical valuable heritage environments preserved. All wood must be traceable back to its origin.


Holmen should contribute to positive developments in the environment, energy and forestry through its own activities and through cooperation. When developing products and making investments, profitable production should be combined with efficient resource management and consideration for the environment.

Requirements for suppliers

Holmen should state expectations that suppliers, contractors and carriers of goods and services must take energy issues and the environment into consideration in their business activities.


CEO has overall responsibility for environmental and energy issues and this should be delegated, in one or more steps. Delegation and sub-delegation should be undertaken in writing.