Metsä Board, Europe’s leading producer of fresh forest fiber cartonboards, received a “Partner to Win” award in sustainability from Unilever, a leading supplier of fast-moving consumer goods.

The award honors Metsä’s development of lightweight and sustainable boards and its significant contribution to Unilever’s packaging.

“We are delighted with the award, and see it as high recognition of the work we have done to develop light weight boards, as well as our progress in many different fields of sustainability across the whole Metsä Group,” says Pasi Piiparinen, senior vice president, head of paperboard, Metsä Board. “Using a lighter-weight board can reduce the carbon footprint of a carton significantly. When scaled up across a wide range of fast-moving consumer goods products with global distribution, the potential for reducing environmental impact is quite dramatic.”

Unilever, Englewood Cliffs, N.J., launched the Partner to Win program in 2011 to work more closely with its key suppliers, ensure faster innovation and invest sustainably throughout its value chain.