(UPM, Helsinki, May 29, 2008) – UPM has signed a Leadership Declaration as part of a "Business and Biodiversity Initiative" launched at the United Nation's Convention on Biological Diversity (UN CBD). UPM supports the UN CBD's aim of integrating the business sector to enhance biodiversity.
For one of the world’s leading forest products groups, UPM, signing the declaration is a natural step. Maintaining biodiversity has been an integral part of its operations for a number of years already. The company aims to minimize its impact on the environment by taking the whole life cycle of the product into account, from the choice of raw materials, sources of energy and production to disposal of the end product.
“Through this initiative we want to share our knowledge and experience on maintaining and increasing biological diversity by managing forests sustainably. By signing the declaration we want to emphasise that promoting biodiversity is part of our everyday operations,” says Mr Markku Tynkkynen, UPM’s Executive Vice President, Business Functions and Resources.
Tangible proof of UPM’s commitment to safeguard biodiversity is the global biodiversity programme developed for company forests in Finland, the UK, Canada and the US. The programme aims to maintain and increase biodiversity in forests as well as promote the best practices in sustainable forestry.
UPM's global biodiversity programme has identified six key elements that are important for forest biodiversity in operations: native tree species, deadwood, valuable habitats, forest structure, water resources and natural forests. A global target has been set for each key element that will be implemented through country level targets and local action plans. Other examples of UPM's efforts to maintain and increase biodiversity include training of staff, creating an origin of wood tracing system and the creation of Repovesi National Park. More information on UPM and biodiversity can be found from:www.upmforestlife.comwww.upm-kymmene.com/sustainableforestrywww.upm-kymmene.com/traceit
For further information, please contact:Ms Päivi Salpakivi-Salomaa, Director, UPM Environmental Forestry Affairs, tel. +358 400 754 748
United Nation's Convention on Biological Diversity (UN CBD) is an international treaty to sustain the rich diversity of life on Earth. The Ninth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nation's Convention on Biological Diversity is taking place in Bonn. The Leadership Declaration is signed by 34 international companies from Finland, Germany, Japan, Brazil, Switzerland and the US. www.cbd.int
UPM is one of the world’s leading forest products groups. The Group employs around 26,000 people and in 2007 made sales of EUR 10 billion. UPM’s main products include printing papers, label materials and wood products. The company has production units in 14 countries and its main market areas are Europe and North America. UPM’s shares are listed on the Helsinki stock exchange and the company has an ADR programme on the OTC market in the United States. www.upm-kymmene.com