Our stakeholder groups
Engaging with our stakeholders is a key aspect in Metso’s approach to sustainability. Achieving sustainable growth requires meeting the expectations of our stakeholders. Metso’s stakeholders are entities or individuals that have a moderate impact on our business or that are affected by our activities, products and services, and are presenting us with both risks and opportunities.
Existing and potential employees
We consider our people and their knowledge as one of our competitive advantages, and we have acknowledged Metso people as a high priority in our strategy. To enhance the leadership and competence development of our employees, we have implemented global development portfolios, in which the learning solutions are strongly focused on our 70-20-10 approach. In 2016, we conducted a company-wide employee engagement survey.
Existing and potential customers
Our customer relationships are built on continuous interaction, extensive know-how and long-term commitment. Our ambition is to be the best choice for our customers and a preferred partner in all that we do.
Suppliers and subcontractors
We have a vast supply chain. The cooperation with our suppliers and subcontractors is based on long-term collaboration, operational profitability and future development opportunities resulting from the cooperation. In 2016, we continued with third-party sustainability audits for high- and medium-risk supplier base and organized training for our procurement and supplier quality teams.
Shareholders and investors
Metso is committed to long-term value creation for its shareholders. The continuous dialogue with shareholders helps Metso to develop its sustainable practices and reporting. In 2016 we organized several investor meetings in order to fully understand what sustainability information is most relevant for them. These dialogues resulted into a “Sustainability for investors” webpage in metso.com.
We actively provide timely and accurate information about Metso for the media.
Research institutes, universities and vocational schools
Due to the nature of our business, we foster continuous cooperation with selected research institutes and universities. Additionally, we create employment opportunities, jobs and trainee positions, and provide lectures and student visits.
Non-governmental organizations, authorities and local communities
We cooperate with non-governmental organizations (NGOs). We have had good cooperation with, e.g., WWF, Plan Finland and SOS Children’s Villages International.
We act as a responsible corporate citizen in the communities we operate in. Having close interaction with local communities and people around our operations is a high priority for us. We support corporate social responsibility initiatives in the communities around our businesses.