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SCA Overview
Stockholm, Jämtland (Sweden)
10000+ employees
Company - Public (SVCBY)
$10+ billion (USD) per year
SCA is a leading global hygiene and forest products company. The company develops and produces sustainable personal care, tissue and forest products. Sales are conducted in about 100 countries under many strong brands, including the leading global brands TENA and Tork, and ... Read more

Mission: To sustainably develop, produce, market and sell value-added hygiene and forest products and services.

Company Vision
Dedicated to improving well-being through leading hygiene and health solutions.

Company Updates

  • Congrats Neenah & Menasha sites for being named 2016 @WIGreenMasters by WI Sustainable Business Council! SCA among top 20% of most sustainable co’s in WI! #sustainability #WSBC16 #greenmasters

    SCA gets top ranking for sustainability in WI

    Pictured are: Carrie Schuster, SCA Marketing Manager - Sustainability and Hygiene; Steven Brunelli, sustainability consultant and UW-Oshkosh graduate student and Tom Eggert, Executive Director, WI Sustainable Business Council. Not pictured is SCA's Stephanie Duxbury-Weir, Environmental and Risk Manager, who was also involved in the application process.

  • Wishes do come true! Jim Willis has always dreamed of hang gliding & thanks to @SCAeveryday & @BrookdaleLiving, his wish became a reality!

    It's a bird, it's a plane, it's 87yo Jim Willis!

    87-year-old Jim Willis, a cancer survivor and great-grandfather to 20, has no limits when it comes to his sense of adventure. Hang gliding is something that Jim had dreamed of doing for more than a decade, and last Friday his wish came true.

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SCA – Why Work For Us?

About SCA

SCA is a leading global hygiene and forest products company. The Group develops and produces sustainable personal care, tissue and forest products.

Sales are conducted in about 100 countries under many strong brands, including the leading global brands TENA and Tork, and regional brands, such as Libero, Libresse, Lotus, Nosotras, Saba, Tempo, Vinda and Zewa. As Europe’s largest private forest owner, SCA places considerable emphasis on sustainable forest management.

The Group has about 44,000 employees. Sales in 2015 amounted to approximately SEK 115bn (EUR 12.3bn). SCA was founded in 1929, has its headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden, and is listed on NASDAQ OMX Stockholm.

Our Journey

Personal Care

The business area comprises three product segments: incontinence care, baby diapers and feminine care. Production is conducted at 30 facilities in 25 countries.

Forest Products

The business area comprises five product segments: publication papers, kraftliner (packaging papers), pulp, solid-wood products and renewable energy. Production is conducted at 20 facilities. Products are mainly sold in Europe, but also in Asia, North Africa and North America.


The business area comprises two product segments: consumer tissue and Away- From-Home (AFH) tissue. Production is conducted at 55 facilities in 23 countries.

SCA was founded in 1929 and has since then evolved from a pure forest company to a company that also offerspersonal care and tissue products.

SCA's history - an overview

  • 1929
    SCA is founded through a merger of some ten Swedish forest companies.
  • 1930-1949
    Production is focused on paper pulp. The pulp mill in Östrand is built.
  • 1950
    SCA is listed on the stock exchange.
  • 1950-1959
    SCA starts producing newsprint and builds a paper machine in Ortviken (1958). Production is confined to Sweden, but exports increase.
  • 1960-1974
    Kraftliner production starts. Development continues with acquisitions and the build up of corrugated board plants in Sweden and the rest of Europe.
  • 1975
    SCA lays the foundations for its personal care operations with acquisition of the Swedish company Mölnlycke.
  • 1975-1999
    Publication paper operations are expanded. SCA acquires the Italian packaging company Italcarta. Operations are started in Latin America.
  • 1990
    Acquisition of the British company Reedpack makes SCA the European leader in transport packaging.
  • 1995
    SCA becomes Europe’s leading personal care products company following acquisition of PWA of Germany.
  • 2001
    Acquisition of Georgia-Pacific Tissue and Tuscarora gives SCA a strong position in North America in Away-from Home (AFH) tissue and protective packaging.
  • 2004
    SCA becomes the largest player in tissue and personal care products in Australasia through company acquisitions.
  • 2007
    SCA sells its North American packaging operations, and acquires Procter & Gamble's European tissue business. 2007 was also starting point for the extensive wind power investments in cooperation with Norwegian Statkraft.
  • 2008
    SCA delisted from the London Stock Exchange.
  • 2009
    SCA acquires - through its Colombian joint venture - Algodonera Aconcagua, one of the largest players in feminine care in Argentina.
  • 2010
    SCA acquires Copamex baby diaper business in Mexico and Central America, and sells its Asian packaging operation.
  • 2011
    SCA is acquiring the Brazilian hygiene products company Pro Descart and 95 percent of San Saglik, a Turkish company in incontinence. SCA and Pacific Equity Partners form a joint venture in Australasia and SCA acquires 50 percent of Turkish hygiene products company Komili.
  • 2012
    SCA divests its entire packaging operations to DS Smith UK and acquires Georgia-Pacific's European tissue operations, the Asian hygiene company Evergreen Beauty and the remaining 50 percent of the Chilean hygiene company PISA (Papeles Industriales SA).
  • 2013
    SCA introduces an updated company logotype. Becomes majority shareholder in the Chinese tissue company Vinda, established operations in India and divested the publication paper mill in Laakirchen, Austria.
  • 2014
    Strengthened the cooperation with the Chinese tissue company Vinda by transferring SCA's Asian businesses. Floated its joint venture Asaleo Care on the stock exchange. Raised the first Swedish Green bond and entered the Volvo Ocean Race with Team SCA.
  • 2015
    SCA decided to initiate a dividing of the Group into two divisions: a Hygiene division and a Forest Products division, further enhancing the hygiene organization. Invested in a new production facility in Brazil. Invested in increased capacity at the Östrand  pulp mill in Sweden. Made a public bid on Wausau Paper Corp and completed the transaction on January 21, 2016. Closed a tissue production plant in France and closed down a newsprint machine at the Ortviken paper mill in Sweden.

Our Objectives

SCA’s overall objectives are to:

  • Generate increased shareholder value through profitable growth
  • Enable more people every day to enjoy a fuller life
  • Contribute to a sustainable and circular society
  • Enable our employees to realize their full potential, as part of one winning team

Return on capital employed

The Group’s overall profitability target is to achieve a return on capital employed of 13% over a business cycle. The target is 30% for Personal Care, 15% for Tissue and to be in the top quartile of the industry for Forest Products.

SCA’s target for annual organic sales growth for Personal Care is 5–7%, while the target for Tissue is 3–4%. For Forest Products, the target is to grow in line with the market.

Capital structure
SCA’s target is to have an effective capital structure, while at the same time ensuring long-term access to loan financing. Cash flow in relation to net debt is to be taken into consideration in the target to maintain a solid investment grade rating.

SCA’s people targets relate to people & nature innovations, hygiene solutions, Code of Conduct and employee health & safety. For more information about targets and target fulfilment.

SCA’s nature targets focus on climate & energy, fiber sourcing & biodiversity and water.


Global macro trends, from population increases and higher standards of living to resource shortages and climate change, rapidly alter the conditions for SCA’s business operations. By analyzing the external environment and trends, and maintaining close customer and consumer dialogs, SCA can leverage these drivers, thus enabling the creation of long-term sustainable growth.

Growing and aging population
The world’s population is growing and aging. The current global population is more than seven billion and the UN predicts that this figure will grow to nine billion by 2050. The average life expectancy is increasing and the world’s elderly population is expected to grow more than any other section of the population. This growing population is resulting in an increased demand for hygiene products and thus creating favorable growth opportunities for SCA. The greatest population increase is expected to occur in Asia, Latin America and Africa, which means that having a presence in these markets and offering adapted products will be strategically important. An aging population will put more pressure on the elderly care system and an increasing number of elderly people will require homecare. We are also becoming healthier and continuing to lead active lives at an older age. These factors are contributing to increased demand for customer and consumer-adapted incontinence solutions in both mature and emerging markets.

Higher standard of living
At the same time as the world’s population is growing, the level of poverty in the world is decreasing. An increasing number of people now earn more than USD 2 per day (the UN’s definition of poverty) or have moved into the middle class. Once people’s most basic needs for food and shelter are met, health and hygiene become top priorities. This creates favorable growth opportunities, and SCA is working to develop business models for consumers with limited resources.

Healthcare and hygiene

Limited or no access to hygiene and sanitation is one of the greatest global challenges to be resolved. Good hygiene and knowledge about hygiene and hygiene products improve people’s health and quality of life. An attitude promoting better hygiene and health is a global trend. SCA continuously develops new hygiene solutions and educates young women about menstruation and puberty, as well as teaching children about the importance of good hand hygiene. For many women in developing countries, access to sanitary pads could mean the difference between going to school and work or being forced to stay home. Incontinence products enable elderly people to live more active and dignified lives.

A changing world

Globalization, urbanization, political decisions, the global economy, legislation and cultural dynamics all impact SCA. By trying to anticipate and assess structural changes in our external environment, we prepare for the future and ensure that we will be able to capitalize on the benefits and tackle the challenges that arise as a result of these changes. Economic power relationships are changing, and emerging markets such as China, India and Brazil are gaining increasingly important influence.

Changing customer/consumer behavior

Trends, technological developments and prevailing values cause customer and consumer behavior to change. Accordingly, the ability to anticipate and exceed customer and consumer expectations is becoming increasingly important.

  • Sustainable consumption: Limited resources, political prioritizations and knowledgeable, aware customers and consumers are increasing demand for sustainable products and services.
  • Digitization: Many purchases are now made online, which is changing the rules of the game, for example, when it comes to product development, marketing and distribution. Customers and consumers are showing greater demand for digital solutions.
  • The company behind the brand: More than ever before, customers and consumers are paying attention to the companies behind the products and services they buy and imposing greater demands on these companies in terms of corporate responsibility.
  • Innovation: Highly innovative products, services and business models are required to respond to these changing behaviors.

Scarce resources
As a result of the growing global economy and world population, an increasing number of people are now sharing the planet’s natural resources.

  • Energy: Access to energy is a key issue. The International Energy Agency (IEA) predicts that the need for energy will increase by one-third by 2040, which will probably entail higher costs and, in some cases, an energy shortage. As a major energy consumer, this is an important issue for SCA and we continuously work to enhance our energy efficiency. New technology is not only resource-efficient, but usually also generates fewer emissions. SCA is also driving development in the area of renewable energy, including wind power and biofuel.
  • Water: The UN predicts that two-thirds of the world’s population may live in areas with water shortages by 2025. Access to water is critical for people, industry and agriculture. SCA’s production operations are dependent on access to water and we are working to achieve our ambitious goals for efficient water usage.
  • Forest management: Illegal felling and felling of forests with a high conservation value contributes to global deforestation and constitutes a threat to biodiversity. SCA has a Group target for checking the origin of all wood raw material. Forests are a key component in our value chain and provide us with access to forest raw materials.
  • Human capital: The economic progress of the world’s emerging markets and increasingly knowledge-intensive business in mature markets are resulting in a growing need for skilled labor and management. At SCA, we invest in the development and training of our employees and take a strategic approach to meeting our future requirements for competent leaders.

Climate changes
Climate change is one of the most critical environmental and social issues facing the world today. Authorities are setting targets to reduce CO2 emissions, and the private sector is expected to play its part. SCA combats climate change by investing in new technology, efficiency enhancements, and biofuel and wind power initiatives. Our forests have an annual net growth of 1%. This means that our forests absorb 2.6 million net tons of CO2 annually, which exceeds the emissions generated through the total use of fossil fuels in SCA’s production operations.

Innovation – a business driver

With leading brands such as TENA, Tork, Libero, Libresse, Lotus, Nosotras, Saba, Tempo and Vinda, SCA’s innovations are essential to people’s everyday lives around the world. Innovation drives growth and profitability and is one of the company’s three strategic priorities. Innovation is crucial when it comes to building our brands and meeting customer and consumer needs.

SCA’s innovation process is deeply embedded in the Group’s strategy and business model. Innovation activities are based on market trends, customer and consumer insight, new technology and new business models. SCA also takes sustainability aspects and product safety into consideration throughout the process. SCA’s presence in both mature and emerging markets provides a good understanding of trends and customer and consumer needs.

Innovation-driven culture
Innovation work is supported by SCA’s innovation teams across the globe and a well-developed innovation culture. SCA’s strategy is to increase the pace of innovation, capitalize on global economies of scale and ensure that all segments have a competitive and balanced portfolio of innovations. Particular focus is given to exploring the possibility of broadening the product portfolio, as well as expanding the range of services.

SCA encourages open innovation – meaning cooperation with external parties. Open innovation is an important part of the innovation process and offers a number of benefits, such as providing input from adjacent industries, speeding up development processes and cutting costs. SCA depends on motivated, competent and high-performing employees who have a personal sense of drive and are encouraged to be innovative. To further capitalize on its employees’ creativity and good ideas, SCA has created an internal innovation platform that can be used during all stages of a project to ask for help with solutions and find people with the right expertise.

In 2014, SCA introduced approximately 30 innovations and product launches and applied for 48 patents.

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    Engineer Interview

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    I applied online. The process took 1+ week. I interviewed at SCA in February 2016.


    Initial phone screen with corporate recruiter then mill site interview.

    No structure to the interview just asked for a basic resume review and had no further questions.

    Was never contact back either way on a decision. I reached out to all the contacts I had and never received a response from anyone. Just a poor run process

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SCA Awards & Accolades

  • 2016 Corporate Counsel Award - Kevin Gorman, Philadelphia Business Journal, 2016
  • 2016 CFO of the Year - Dumi Martinez, Philadelphia Business Journal, 2016
  • World Leader on Climate Change, Climate A List by CDP, 2016
  • Top Workplaces -- Midsize,, 2012
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