Stora Enso has appointed a human rights expert to “help understand challenges, identify actions and implement changes in demanding environments,” especially in Asia.
Parul Sharma will join the company as vice president of global responsibility, for the renewable packaging business area on 18 June.
Renewable Packaging is responsible for the firm’s integrated pulp and board mill investment in Guangxi, southern China.
Sharma joins from Sandvik AB and has worked on corporate social responsibility issues and human rights strategies for Swedish companies operating in Asia since 2004.
She has acted as Human Rights advisor to Amnesty Business Group, the European Commission and the European Public Law Centre.
Mats Nordlander, executive vice president of renewable packaging, said: “Social and human rights aspects of corporate responsibility are becoming increasingly important for all global companies, and openness and transparency are key issues for obtaining licences to operate in growth markets.”