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 30 000 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.UPM’s renewed code of conduct for its suppliers and third party intermediaries is valid as of November 2016. This UPM Supplier and Third Party Code 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 expects all 25,000 of its suppliers to operate responsibly. But what is responsibility and how can it be assessed? In this series of articles, we will familiarize with the responsible sourcing stories from Brazil, China, and wood sourcing.