Ensuring that we source responsibly is a vital part of UPM’s business success. It is important for us to know that all sourced materials are legal and safe to use and that our co-operation partners are acting in a responsible manner everywhere we operate. Are you interested in learning more about our responsible sourcing practices and our sourcing operations in Germany and China? Click the Biofore Channel video!
UPM's sourcing network consists of over 25 000 suppliers. We purchase a wide range of products, materials and services. These include the company's primary raw materials, such as wood, pulp, energy and recycled paper, as well as other direct and indirect materials such as chemicals, pigments, spare parts, and services from IT and logistics to maintenance.
With selected suppliers, we build strategic long-term co-operation that requires commitment and openness between companies. To ensure responsible sourcing everywhere we operate, we assess environmental, social and economic risks globally, and at supplier level when and where appropriate. We also audit ours suppliers actively based on both our risk assessment and gaps in supplier performance.
In July 2018 we joined Together for Sustainability (TfS), a chemical industry initiative that promotes and improves sustainability practises within its supply chains. TfS has established a standard approach for evaluating and improving the sustainabilty performance of suppliers. Evaluation covers key areas such as environmental impact, health and safety, labour and human rights as well as management and governance. As a member of this initiative we can share a wide coverage of supplier data, such as audit reports and sustainability assessments performed by independent experts.
Read more on UPM press release 5th July 2018
Our Code of Conduct for Suppliers and Third Party Intermediaries follows the same structure and requirements as UPM’s Code of Conduct. The leading principle in UPM Code of Conduct is that we do not compromise our standards of integrity under any circumstances, and we expect the same approach from our suppliers and third party intermediaries. By third party intermediaries, we refer to e.g. our agents, consultants, advisers, joint venture partners, local partners and distributors acting on behalf of UPM. Read more: UPM Supplier and Third Party Code
UPM has joined Together for Sustainability (TfS), a chemical industry initiative that promotes and improves sustainability practises within its supply chains. By joining the initiative the member companies share a wide coverage of supplier data, such as audit reports and sustainability assessments performed by independent experts.