Sustainability for investors

Our goal is to be a thought leader in sustainability within our industry

Sustainability at Metso

Our services- and product-focused business model with project and systems capabilities supports our target for higher profitability and lower volatility. We work closely with our customers to solve their challenges, and we bring sustainable solutions to help them improve their performance. Our capability to provide our customers with leading technologies is the bedrock for sustainable growth. Finding ways to address sustainability challenges gives rise to new business opportunities and as we aim to help in solving global social and environmental challenges we will create value and well-being for all stakeholders.

Global environmental awareness creates opportunities for us to offer new intelligent solutions that improve our customers’ energy efficiency, reduce emissions and promote recycling. The biggest threats and opportunities related to the environment and climate change are transferred to Metso from our customers and are thus emphasized in our product, technology, and research & development (R&D). Improved reliability, safety and minimizing emissions are the key focus areas in Flow Control. In Minerals we work to improve efficiency through reduced energy consumption, improved utilization of raw materials and enhanced water conservation. We aim to develop our offering for existing operations and for new plants.

A sustainable way of operating throughout the value chain is a top priority for Metso. Through risk management, we can identify our potential sustainability threats and opportunities and plan our actions more carefully. Metso expects all of its suppliers and partners to operate in a sustainable way and also offers support in developing different areas in this field. By offering sustainable solutions for our customers and demanding them from ourselves and our partners we want to take part in creating a more sustainable future.

Metso is included in the following sustainability indices:

  • CDP Leadership level
  • RobecoSAM Sustainability yearbook 2017
  • FTSE4GOOD index
  • Ethibel Sustainability Index
  • OMX GES Sustainability Finland Index
  • Vigeo Rating
  • STOXX Global ESG Leaders Indices


An independent third party, PricewaterhouseCoopers Oy, has provided assurance on the sustainability information disclosed in Metso’s Sustainability and Annual reports since 2010. In addition to the data revision, the assurance includes approximately three annual site visits and management interviews.

Read more about our sustainability performance from our 2017 sustainability supplement

Value creation at Metso

Value creation in Metso is assessed in both financial and non-financial terms. Increased stakeholder dialogue, identifying sales opportunities, and more effective and customer-centric operational processes support innovation, safety and a minimized environmental footprint, as well as build reputation and brand. In addition, value is created by improved internal processes, procurement efficiencies and decreased risk of misconduct.

The most important non-financial areas for the value creation for Metso’s shareholders and other stakeholders were concluded as follows. These take into consideration value chain impacts, risk management measures, applicable performance indicators and future opportunities:

  • Customer relationships
  • Product responsibility
  • Compliance
  • Supply chain
  • People

Commitment to follow certain global initiatives forms the basis for Metso’s operations in these areas. Each of the areas is also managed through the policies, processes, guidelines and instructions.

Implementation of the policies is ensured through regular training. The Board oversees that enterprise risk management is appropriately governed. Internal control practices are aligned with Metso’s risk management process approved by the Board. An audit frame is in place to support risk management by ensuring compliance and continuous business development. The Board also oversees the effectiveness and impact of Metso’s sustainability governance. The Metso Executive Team (MET) follows and ensures the implementation of the sustainability agenda regularly and makes decisions on the corporate-level targets.

Customer relationships
Product responsibility
Supply chain

Sustainability governance

Sustainability is managed at the group level by the Sustainability team, which works towards an integrated sustainability model with the top management, the functional support teams and the business units to support Metso’s long-term success. The main role of the Sustainability team is to provide support and knowledge to transform the strategic business targets into sustainable business actions. The Board oversees the effectiveness and impact of Metso's sustainability governance.

International standards

In our sustainability management we comply with several international standards, such as quality management standard ISO 9001, environmental management standard ISO 14001 and health and safety management standard OHSAS 18001, and many of our business units have gained certification to these standards:

  • 28% of all our operations are covered by ISO 14001 certification,
  • 25% by OHSAS 18001 certification and
  • 66% by ISO 9001 certification.

Global list of Metso's externally certified units

Policies and processes

Commitment to follow certain global initiatives forms the basis for Metso’s operations. We have policies, processes, guidelines and instructions in place to guarantee compliance and to promote sustainability in our operations.

Most important policies:

  • Code of Conduct
  • Data Privacy Policy
  • Health, Safety and Environment Policy
  • Intellectual Property Policy
  • Brand Policy
  • Anti Corruption Policy
  • Enterprise Risk Management Policy
  • Misconduct Policy
  • Policy for Competition Law Compliance
  • Policy on Compliance with Sanctions, Export Controls and and Country Risks
  • Procurement Policy
  • Supplier Sustainability Criteria
  • Equal Opportunity Policy
  • Performance and Reward Policy

Sustainability targets an achievements

Sustainability report 2017 Download
Corporate Governance Statement 2017 Download
Code of Conduct Download