SCA plays an active role in a variety of different ways in local, regional and global development. SCA’s large forest holding and extensive industrial operations make the company a visible and important local and regional player.
Significant investments in industrial capacity and responsible forest management create value for the company and for other forest owners in the region. One important factor in attracting companies to the region is sustainable transportation. SCA is constructing a new container port in Sundsvall, directly adjacent to the logistics park initiative by Sundsvall Municipality, and will be part of one of Sweden’s most important transport hubs.
Viable local communities
SCA’s community involvement has a clear link to the company’s values, strategic priorities, expertise, operations and geographic presence. SCA engages in continuous dialogue with various stakeholders about how the Group can contribute to the positive development of society as a whole. This includes meetings and dialogue with municipal representatives, local residents, reindeer herding Sami and people who live close to SCA’s facilities.
In addition to direct payments, in the form of various taxes, SCA generates the preconditions so that trade, services and public services can continue to exist in smaller rural communities. SCA’s industries, where one very important element of the supply of raw material is the purchase of timber from private forest owners, create jobs in rural areas, both directly and indirectly. SCA’s forests and the forest roads SCA builds contribute toward ecotourism, hunting and fishing.
By supporting entrepreneurship, SCA helps to create conditions for the growth of new companies and jobs. SCA organizes the Forest Business Accelerator program, together with IBM, RISE Processum and BizMaker. The purpose is to create new business opportunities and a greener world by uniting forestry, digitalization and entrepreneurship. Since starting in 2017, 32 startups linked to the forest industry and sustainable development have taken part in the program. SCA is involved in various research and development programs together with universities, research institutes and commercial entities at national and international level.