Stora Enso to support the John Nurminen Foundation’s Baltic Sea projects

Stora Enso has signed a three-year agreement with the John Nurminen Foundation to support the Foundation’s Clean Baltic Sea projects.

“Through our co-operation with the John Nurminen Foundation we want to contribute to the protection of biodiversity in the Baltic Sea,” says Seppo Parvi, Stora Enso’s Country Manager in Finland. “Stora Enso has operations in all of the countries around the Baltic Sea, so the vitality of the sea is a prerequisite for our global success.”

“We are glad to have Stora Enso among our main corporate partners,” says Juha Nurminen, founder and Chairman of the Board at John Nurminen Foundation. “For the continuity of our operations it is important that we are supported by dedicated partners. Our strategy is to seek cost-efficient and effective actions for the protection of the Baltic Sea. While advancing on-going protection projects, we are also mapping possible new projects that can generate measurable impacts.”

The John Nurminen Foundation has been funding projects designed to protect the Baltic Sea since 2005. Over the last ten years these projects have reduced the phosphorus load entering the Baltic Sea annually by more than 2 000 tonnes. This corresponds to 40% of the total phosphorus load entering the Gulf of Finland annually. In 2015 the Foundation launched a new Local Fishing project and a NutriTrade project that aims to build up a voluntary nutrient emission trading system in the Baltic Sea’s catchment area.

Stora Enso is a leading provider of renewable solutions in packaging, biomaterials, wood and paper on global markets. Our aim is to replace non-renewable materials by innovating and developing new products and services based on wood and other renewable materials. We employ some 27 000 people in more than 35 countries, and our sales in 2014 were EUR 10.2 billion. Stora Enso shares are listed on Nasdaq Helsinki Oy (STEAV, STERV) and Nasdaq Stockholm AB (STE A, STE R). In addition, the shares are traded in the USA as ADRs (SEOAY) on the International OTCQX over-the-counter market. www.storaenso.com

The John Nurminen Foundation, founded in 1992, works for the Baltic Sea and its marine cultural heritage in a way that makes an impact and brings results. The goal of the Foundation’s Clean Baltic Sea projects is to improve the condition of the Baltic Sea with concrete measures that reduce the nutrient load and environmental risks faced by the sea. The Clean Baltic Sea projects are funded with private donations and public funding.  www.johnnurmisensaatio.fi

For further information, please contact:

Liisa Nyyssönen, SVP Communications, Finnish media, Stora Enso, tel. +358 40 544 3491
Tuula Putkinen, Communications Director, John Nurminen Foundation, tel. +358 400 907 809
e-mail: tuula.putkinen(at)jnfoundation.fi