Norske Skog and local communities
Our activities affect employees, suppliers, customers and partners in many countries, regions, towns and villages. Our decisions and activities, production and sales have an impact on a multitude of individuals, groups and companies, both financially and otherwise. We recognise our impact and take this into consideration when making decisions.
Sales revenues from production in Norske Skog in 2011 traced back to key stakeholders:
• Purchase of goods and services: NOK 14.5 billion
• Capital expenditures: NOK 0.5 billion
• Salaries NOK: 2.5 billion
• Taxes and public fees: NOK 0.6 billion
• Financial costs and working capital: NOK 0.6 billion
The table above shows that Norske Skog is important for many parts of society. Further down the value chain, our paper is the source of income for newspapers and magazines, with all their journalists and other contributors, and a natural source of ideas for business people and other readers throughout the world. This network of businesses, communities and individuals generates significant value in the public and private sectors, as well as stability and other benefits to all affected individuals.
In order to improve our role in society, and to maintain our role as an important employer in local communities, our business units are encouraged to be pro-active and open in their communication with their local stakeholders. Examples include reports to neighbours and other local stakeholders, open days for the public to inform about paper production, engagement in nature protection projects, support to local museums, involvement in sports and cultural initiatives, support to charitable organisations, as well as integration of immigrants and disabled persons through vocational training. Most business units co-operate with educational institutions at different levels. This co-operation includes visits from schools, colleges, high schools and universities, scholarships for students, trainees and apprentices working at our mills or engaged in project work.