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Suominen wins INDEX17 Award with its Blind Hiring recruitment process

Suominen follows the Blind Hiring principle in all new recruitments, including top management, to promote diversity.

4th April 2017

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Helsinki

Medical/Hygiene, Sustainable

EDANA, the international nonwovens association, has presented Suominen with INDEX17 Award in Sustainable Process or Management Practice category for Suominen’s pioneering Blind Hiring recruitment process that ensures equal opportunities.

INDEX17 Awards are the highest accolade for the best examples of excellence in the nonwovens industry. The Awards ceremony took place at the INDEX17 exhibition, which opened its doors in Geneva today.

“This is a great recognition not only for Suominen but most of all for responsible practices in the nonwovens industry and basically the whole working world. We are very honoured and thankful for being presented with this award,” commented Anu Heinonen, Vice President of Corporate Communications & IR at Suominen.

Blind Hiring

Suominen follows the Blind Hiring principle in all new recruitments, including top management, to promote diversity and to ensure equal opportunities when applying for a job at the company. As a result, the hiring manager will receive and assess candidates’ applications and resumes without any personal data on them. The masked data includes, for example, the applicant’s full name, gender, ethnicity and age. This minimises the possibility of unconscious biases affecting the recruitment process, according to the company.

Suominen successfully piloted Blind Hiring in 2015 and after that it was defined as the default recruitment approach at the company.


Suominen manufactures nonwovens as roll goods for wipes, as well as for medical and hygiene products. The end products made of Suominen’s nonwovens include wet wipes, feminine care products and swabs, for instance. Suominen is the global market leader in nonwovens for wipes and employs 650 people in Europe and in the Americas.

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