AHLSTROM OYJ PRESS RELEASE JUNE 19, 2023 at 10:00 AM EEST
Ahlström Collective Impact (ACI), a joint responsibility initiative by a group of companies and foundations, continues to support UNICEF's global education work with an investment of close to EUR 800 000. Ahlstrom is one of the members and founding partners of the initiative.
Human rights and children's rights are social responsibility issues that are tightly connected to companies’ business activities. A key part of children’s rights is their right to education. Almost 90% of children worldwide are attending school. At the same time, learning is in crisis. More than 600 million children and adolescents across the world are unable to attain minimum proficiency levels in reading and mathematics, even though two thirds of them are in school.
UNICEF’s global education program provides support for millions of children to learn, grow and develop the skills necessary to thrive in life. By bringing together different companies and foundations, Ahlström Collective Impact can amplify the impact of individual organizations. As one of the biggest investors, Ahlstrom has had a key role from the beginning in developing Ahlström Collective Impact.
“Already 170 years ago, interaction with the local community was an important matter for Ahlstrom’s development. The company’s founders worked devotedly to raise the education level, especially for girls. This ideology still lives on today within us. Collaboration is our way of influencing and contributing to change, promoting equality, and helping improve awareness of children's rights connected to companies’ business activities,” says Helen Mets, President and CEO of Ahlstrom.
UNICEF Finland trains the employees of Ahlström Collective Impact companies and foundations on children's rights. In addition to general training on child rights and business, UNICEF Finland provides in-depth training on topics such as child rights in supply chains and creating family-friendly workplaces.
“Education is every child's right. It reduces inequality and poverty and creates more stable societies in which businesses can thrive. At the same time, we are contributing to a future where every child has the opportunity to reach their full potential," says Marja-Riitta Ketola, Executive Director of UNICEF Finland.
Launched in 2020, Ahlström Collective Impact consists of Ahlstrom, A. Ahlström, Ahlström Invest, Avain Yhtiöt, Destia, Detection Technology, Eva Ahlström Foundation, Glaston, M&J Recycling, Suominen and Walter Ahlström Foundation.
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Ahlstrom in brief
Ahlstrom is a global leader in combining fibers into sustainable specialty materials. Our purpose is to Purify and Protect, with Every Fiber, for a Sustainable World. Our vision is to be the Preferred Sustainable Specialty Materials Company for all our stakeholders. We serve five growing and distinctive end markets, which form the basis for our five divisions: Filtration, Food & Consumer Packaging, Healthcare, Building Materials, and Technical Materials. Our net sales in 2022 for continuing operations amounted to EUR 3.3 billion and we employ some 7,000 people. Read more at www.ahlstrom.com
Ahlström Collective Impact in brief
Ahlström Collective Impact (ACI) is an internationally recognized bold initiative, initiated by the Eva Ahlström Foundation in 2020 with the purpose of inspiring a new type of collaboration between companies. Through its partnership with UNICEF Finland – the UN organization for child rights, it adds value to the purpose as well as business value to Ahlström network companies, while achieving significant change in the global society. Read more at www.ahlstromcollectiveimpact.com