Stora Enso and UNDP build trust through environmental and social impact assessments

Summary

UNDP China and Stora Enso agreed that UNDP would conduct an Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) independently on the company’s plantation operation in Guangxi (PRC),and that the results would be made publicly available.

The partnership has been highly successful in gaining the trust of Stora Enso’s customers, investors and other stakeholders in the company’s management of sustainability issues in its Chinese plantation operation.

Conducting ESIAs is not yet a common practice in China. UNDP plans to establish this study as a model for future ESIAs of other large-scale commercial or public projects.

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