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Last month, Södra held a mini version of its Pulp+ Fibre Education series for nine Essity employees in the UK. Ian Bloomfield, Essity’s Supply Quality Manager for Pulp and Fibres, explains how the idea came about.
“I had attended the event in Sweden two years ago and was impressed by the way it was delivered. Södra is not the only company to run seminars but most suppliers focus just on their pulp process. Södra provided a very rounded picture on everything from the forest and nursery to how trees are selected and how different blends of wood fibres produce different qualities. Not many companies offer this.
“It’s very important for Essity that our employees have the full picture of papermaking from the forest to the collection and recycling of paper so we can inform and advise our customers accordingly. This way we can demonstrate our commitment to the purchase of certified fibre from responsibly-managed forests. By including recycling in this process, it ensures we get the best use of the fibre from the tree where we can. Partnering with one of our key pulp suppliers helps us both to share information and inform employees, therefore ensuring certified sustainable forest management and certified fibre use remains one of our top objectives.
The team from Södra could not take a forest with them to the north of England, but they presented most of what was covered during Pulp+ Fibre Education to a group of Essity employees, mainly process engineers, in Manchester.
Peter Carlsson, Technical Product Manager: “It’s really a benefit for both us and our customers if we broaden our knowledge of what the other party does. We believe in working together to find sustainable solutions for the future and helping to educate employees about forestry and pulp is a great start. The Essity employees have an open invitation to come to Sweden and see our forests and nurseries in action too.”
Bloomfield: “I’ve had some very positive feedback from this initiative from our staff and look forward to the next Södra event.”
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