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FSC disassociates from the Schweighofer Group

Forest Stewardship CouncilFSC disassociates from the Schweighofer Group

Will revoke company’s probation status
The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) has decided to revoke the Schweighofer Group’s probation status and disassociate from the group. This decision was taken by FSC’s International Board of Directors after additional information about possible violation of timber measurement standards, which will require further Policy for Association investigation to determine scope and impact, was brought to the board’s attention. FSC considers that initiating an additional investigation is not compatible with maintaining the probation status of the company.

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Necesitamos de los Bosques

Necesitamos de los Bosques2Necesitamos de los Bosques

Los bosques son uno de los grandes recursos naturales de la Tierra. Hay un motivo por el que hablamos a menudo en sentido figurado del “árbol de la vida”: los bosques son fundamentales para sostener la vida en nuestro planeta.

Hace ocho mil años la mitad de la superficie terrestre estaba cubierta por bosques o áreas forestales. Hoy en día estas áreas representan menos de un tercio. Los bosques albergan el 80 % de la biodiversidad terrestre del mundo y cada año se cosechan en los bosques tropicales plantas medicinales por valor de miles de millones de dólares. Además, 1 600 millones de personas dependen de ellos en alguna medida para su sustento.

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Stora Enso’s Annual Report 2016 published

stora fabricaStora Enso’s Annual Report 2016 published

Stora Enso’s Annual Report 2016 has been published online at storaenso.com/annualreport. The Annual Report is comprised of four separate publications: the Progress Book 2016, the Sustainability Report 2016, the Financial Report 2016, and the Corporate Governance Report 2016.

The Progress Book explains Stora Enso’s strategy, how we create value, and how our transformation is progressing. The publication is available as a PDF document in English, Finnish and Swedish. The Sustainability Report covers Stora Enso’s social, environmental, and economic sustainability performance. The report is available as a PDF document in English.

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Uruguay pretende renovar su línea férrea para atraer a la industria del papel

Tren cargado conmadera Uruguay pretende renovar su línea férrea para atraer a la industria del papel

La multinacional finlandesa UPM exige una amplia reforma de las infraestructuras para instalar su segunda planta en el país

Magdalena Martínez
El Gobierno uruguayo proyecta a toda prisa una renovación del transporte férreo que lleva varias décadas esperando y que es ahora vital para atraer una millonaria inversión de la multinacional finlandesa de la celulosa UPM. Trenes de carga, nuevas comunicaciones con los puertos, reparación de las carreteras, entre otros; UMP exige un shock de infraestructuras para instalar la que sería su segunda planta de celulosa en Uruguay, con una inversión de unos 2.000 millones de dólares.

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President of Uruguay to Yle: Chinese investors interested in funding groundwork for UPM's pulp project

VAZQUEZ987President of Uruguay to Yle: Chinese investors interested in funding groundwork for UPM's pulp project

Summary:
President Tabaré Vázquez's visit to Finland calmed down speculations that UPM's new pulp factory project is almost confirmed. The two parties said that the negotiations are proceeding "in a positive spirit". The article mentions that Stora Enso has a pulp factory in Montes del Plata, which is a joint venture with the Chilean Arauco.

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Stora Enso plans to shut down one SC paper machine at Kvarnsveden Mill in Sweden

storaenso87Stora Enso plans to shut down one SC paper machine at Kvarnsveden Mill in Sweden

Stora Enso will start co-determination negotiations with employees at its Kvarnsveden Mill in Sweden regarding a plan to reorganise the mill, including a permanent closure of paper machine (PM) 8. The planned actions would affect a maximum of 140 employees. The paper machine has an annual capacity of 100 000 tonnes of super-calendered uncoated magazine paper (SC) and it is planned to be shut down by the end of the second quarter of 2017.

The plan would result in annual cost savings of EUR 12 million. Stora Enso will book restructuring charges of approximately EUR 17 million as an item affecting comparability (IAC) in its Q1/2017 results, of which about EUR 14 million will be cash costs. The planned closure would not have material impact on Stora Enso’s sales or operational EBIT.

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Uruguay's president Tabaré Vázquez paves way for UPM's giant investment - "UPM is not extorting us in any way"

vazquez178Uruguay's president Tabaré Vázquez paves way for UPM's giant investment - "UPM is not extorting us in any way"

Summary:
President Tabaré Vázquez of Uruguay discusses UPM's new pulp factory project in this interview. According to media sources, UPM has demanded tax exemptions, restrictions on labor unions, and exemptions on rules regarding foreign workers. President Vázquez says that UPM has presented its position clearly, the government knows how far it can go. The article briefly mentions that Stora Enso and the Chile-based Arauco also have a factory in Uruguay.

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