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July 2006

Stora Enso, the huge Finnish-Swedish multinational paper products group, which has acquired 34,000 hectares of land in China's Guangxi province, is linking up with the United Nations Development Programme to improve its environmental and social corporate practice.

The project, due to last five years, follows an environmental and social impact assessment of Stora Enso's forest plantation in the province. It aims to conserve biodiversity and foster social development through information centres and health, water, hygiene, education and skills programmes.

At the same time more than 100 international business leaders and government representatives have met in Beijing to tackle the HIV and Aids problem under the auspices of the United Nations Development Programme, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development and the Global Business Coalition.

Staff and workplace policies were high on the agenda, including the need to educate people on discrimination against employees with HIV/AIdss. Constance Thomas, director of the International Labour Organization for China and Mongolia, said: 'The workplace is an important and ideal setting where reliable information on HIV and Aids prevention can be disseminated to the working people, especially to those who may be engaging in behaviour that puts them at risk of becoming infected by HIV.'




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