As of January 2020, Jari Suominen is Executive Vice President of Stora Enso’s forest division. In this interview, he shares his thoughts on the Forest division’s role in Stora Enso’s business portfolio and how it all begins with keeping our forests productive and healthy without compromising on biodiversity.Suominen also talks about topics such as sustainability in the wood supply chain and how digitalisation can drive innovation and development in forest management.
You might think that a paper producing company would look upon digitalisation as a threat. There sure has been much talk about “digital vs print” the last decade. In Stora Enso’s case, that assumption is as wrong as can be. We see the bigger picture. Digital solutions are helping us make the most out of every tree we use, and they are taking us closer to the goal of a safer and more efficient industry.
As the renewable materials company, Stora Enso is leading the way towards a fossil free future. Sustainability is at our very core and in every part of our business. The workplace environment is one important area. Because no company, no matter how green and clean, is truly sustainable if it fails to safeguard the health, safety, and welfare of its employees.
Jonathan Bakewell has been at Stora Enso for 34 years. He quite often gets questions like “What’s the biggest difference since you started out?” and “Was it better in the past?” and yes, he also gets a few “three decades at the same company, what’s wrong with you?!” However, Jonathan is still glad to be a part of this company’s mission to lead the way towards a fossil free future. Proud and inspired after all this time. That says a lot, doesn’t it? This is his Stora Enso-story and some thoughts on the major changes in our business area since 1987.