According to the company, the matter has been examined from the perspectives of financial aspects and responsibility.
Forest industry company Stora Enso announces that it will give up its soluble pulp production. The company commented on its soluble pulp production after its release in Hong Kong South China Morning Post (SCMP) reported that the company had exported soluble pulp to the Xinjiang region of China, where human rights violations and forced labor, especially of the Uighur minority, have been widely reported.
Soluble pulp is made in Xinjiang from viscose fiber, which is used in the manufacture of garments.
– According to our strategic decision, we are moving away from the global soluble pulp segment for viscose production, Stora Enso’s CFO and Country Manager Finland Seppo Parvi says in a press release.
– This segment is not the core of our operations and represents only a very small part of our entire business, Parvi continues and says that the divestment of production will not have a significant impact on the company’s financial result.
Stora Enso says that the strategic decision to abandon soluble pulp was made in the last year. According to the company, the matter has been examined from the perspectives of financial aspects and responsibility. Soluble pulp is produced at the company’s Uimaharju mill in Joensuu.
According to the CFO, the company is in a quiet period before the interim reporting, so the topic will be returned to in the second half of April in connection with the interim reporting.
Viscose fiber factories near suspected prison camps
The Hong Kong newspaper SCMP reported on Sunday that the majority of soluble pulp imported into China’s Xinjiang region comes from Finland. According to the SCMP, soluble pulp worth USD 367 million, or about EUR 312 million, was exported from Finland to the Xinjiang region in 2017–2020. According to the magazine, one of the major exporters of soluble pulp to China is Stora Enso’s Uimaharju mill.
Using satellite imagery, the SCMP notes that the viscose fiber factories in Xinjiang are only miles away from suspected prison camps.
International observers and human rights organizations have reported extensively on the deployment of the Uighur minority in Xinjiang. It is estimated that at least one million Uighurs and others, mainly of the Muslim minority, have been imprisoned in camps where forced labor is commissioned and women are sterilized. China has denied allegations of forced Uighur labor.
The United States, Canada, and the Netherlands have defined China’s actions in the Uighur region as equivalent to genocide. Also the Prime Minister of Finland Sanna Marin (sd) took over in February On Twitter prominently carries the position of Xinjiang. Marin expressed that China is trampling on human rights and oppressing minorities.
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