Sweden is one of the world's most densely wooded countries – made up by about 70 percent forest. Half of it is privately owned by more than 330 000 people and about 38 percent of them are women. That makes forestry one of the most common business sectors for female entrepreneurs in Sweden. Today, more than one third of forest owners live in a municipality other than the one where their woodland is situated, many having another job as their main occupation.
Even though women own a significant proportion of Swedish forest properties, their representation in decision making boards is still low. Gender balance is one of the top priorities for Spillkråkan – an organisation assembling women that are forest owners. Spillkråkan is also the Swedish name for the black woodpecker that is a symbol of environmental focus in the forest sector. The organisation was founded in 1998 and has about 400 members – women of all ages and from all over the country. Spillkråkan is working to empower women in the sector, to increase knowledge on sustainable forestry and to create networking opportunities.
At Stora Enso, sustainability is about making responsible decisions. Not just when it comes to the environmental impact, but also in a social and economic sense.
On March 28 at 8.30 p.m it’s time to turn out the lights during Earth Hour 2020. This WWF-initiated event has made people take action on environmental issues and protect the planet, since 2007.
As of December 1 2019, Annica Bresky is President and CEO of Stora Enso. In an interview made shortly after presenting her first quarterly report as CEO, Bresky shares her thoughts on the results and her goals for the future of Stora Enso.