Sustainable development goals

Metso’s sustainability agenda and our action plans and targets have impacts that are aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). We have mapped the most relevant SDGs to each of the sub-themes in our sustainability agenda. These four are just examples.

Ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning

We sponsor and cooperate with universities and vocational schools globally. In 2017 Metso donated in Finland total of EUR 1 million to Tampere University of Technology, Aalto University and the University of Oulu. Through the donation, Metso wishes to support Finnish scientific research and its application in practice. Metso gave also other donations to support education, e.g. in China and in Australia.

Already 8,000 Indian school children have benefited from Metso cooperation project with Plan International

We have been cooperating with Plan International, an independent development and humanitarian organization that advances children's rights and equality for girls, for several years. Our current contribution with Plan India helps to develop education in local schools in Alwar, Rajasthan state. Already 8,000 children have benefited from the project.

The project has enhanced school teaching and sanitary facilities, and provided modern learning aids in the form of e.g. math and science labs, computers and library books. The project also includes further development of the teachers’ pedagogical skills and disciplinary methods. Some pupils have received training on children’s rights. As an outcome, the enrolment in school has improved, and children enjoy coming to school as the teaching methods have been modernized.

Promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all

Metso employs over 12,000 people globally. We create employment throughout our supply chain, and we promote sustainable business in local communities by partnering with and supporting local suppliers. We ensure fair labor practices and promote responsible production and cooperation with local partners in our units globally.

58 sustainability supplier audits conducted in 2017

Metso’s Code of Conduct and sustainable development criteria for suppliers set the standards that we expect our suppliers to follow, and they are the starting point for any new or existing business relationship. To make sure that our suppliers meet our sustainability criteria, we conduct sustainability supplier audits and visit suppliers' sites to check their sustainability practices and performance.

We audit our suppliers related to health and safety, the environment, human and labor rights, and compliance with laws and regulations. After each supplier sustainability audit, we agree corrective action plans together with the supplier, and Metso makes sure that the suppliers take the necessary action to correct the shortcomings.

Build resilient infrastructure, promote sustainable industrialization and foster innovation

Metso’s products and services are designed to help our customers operate safely, with higher productivity and profitability, while reducing their resource intensity. For example, water and energy savings are cost-effective for our customers. Environmental efficiency and safety are part of our product development targets. Environmental efficiency includes reduced energy and water consumption; reductions of emissions, noise, dust and waste; and materials efficiency. Safety includes safer designs, ease of access, operation and maintenance, including special service tools.

Vertimill – energy savings of 924,000 MWh and 547,000 tons of CO2-emissions avoided in 2017

Our Vertimill® grinding mills are globally recognized for their energy efficiency. Vertimills have been proven to grind more efficiently than the mining industry’s traditional ball mills. In addition to higher grinding efficiency Metso Vertimill offers reduced media consumption, lower installation cost and high availability, resulting in a lower total cost of ownership.

Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

We have environmental targets for our own operations concerning energy savings, CO2 reductions, water use and waste going to landfill. In our own production, we want to minimize the use of natural resources, and reuse and recycle water and raw materials to increase the eco-efficiency of our own operations.

For instance, we implemented a closed loop solution for use of water in our rubber plant in Alwar, Rajasthan, India. As a result of this, we save 2.4 million liters of freshwater annually.