Every choice can make a difference

For us at UPM, responsible business conduct means focusing not only on our own operations but on the whole value chain, and finding sustainable business solutions in active dialogue with our customers, suppliers and partners. Every decision counts and can make a difference.

​​​​​​Responsibility is about values, commitments and - above all - actions 

​UPM leads the integration of bio and forest industries into a sustainable future. For us, this is captured in one word – Biofore. It means versatile use of recyclable and renewable wood biomass, combined with innovation, efficiency and ​

responsibility. We show every day that innovative and responsible business can be efficient and profitable, bringing quality of life and prosperity to our stakeholders.  

​Responsibility highlights in figures

Greenhouse gas emissions related to energy use


- 6%

Production waste reused or recycled


89%

Share of certified wood and fibre


85%

Total recordable injury frequency


-12%

Dow Jones Sustainability Index 2017-2018


Industry leader in global DJSI


UPM - Value from responsibility

The basis of corporate responsibility lies on balance between economical, social and environmental responsibility, says Pirkko Harrela, EVP, Stakeholder Relations, UPM.

Responsibility data

UPM's interactive charting tool provides key information on environmental and social performance.

Product stewardship

UPM’s products are made from renewable, recyclable and biodegradable materials, creating a solid basis for product stewardship.

Certificate Finder

UPM’s Certificate Finder search tool allows you to find certificates and position statements according to business and certificate categories.

Circular economy at UPM

At UPM circular economy, in short, means reusing materials and products several times and creating added value through smart solutions. In circular economy, we also avoid generating waste, and strive to increase the use of renewable energy and materials.

Press Release
September 7, 2017

Leader in responsibility

UPM listed as the industry leader in the global Dow Jones Sustainability Index 2017-2018.

 Responsibility news

 

 

UPM one of first companies to offer copy papers with enhanced Singapore Green Label 2018-03-08T08:00:00Zhttp://www.upm.com/About-us/Newsroom/Releases/Pages/UPM-one-of-first-companies-to-offer-copy-papers-with-enhanced-Singapore-Green-La-001-Thu-08-Mar-2018-10-03.aspxUPM one of first companies to offer copy papers with enhanced Singapore Green Label <p class="hugin">(UPM, Helsinki, 8 March 2018 at 10:00 EET) - UPM is one of the first companies to offer copy paper with the Singapore Green Label logo under the enhanced Singapore Green Labelling Scheme (SGLS), which is managed by the Singapore Environment Council (SEC). The enhanced SGLS criteria was announced in January 2017, and plays a critical role in reducing the risk of another damaging haze incident in Singapore by requiring paper companies to comply with one of the toughest environmental standards in the world.</p> <p class="hugin">The newly certified products include:</p> <ul class="hugin"> <li class="hugin"> <div class="hugin">UPM Office Multifunction Copy Paper (70/75/80 gsm)</div> </li> <li class="hugin"> <div class="hugin">UPM Yes Silver Multifunction Copy Paper (70/75/80 gsm) <br class="hugin"> <br class="hugin"> </div> </li> </ul> <p class="hugin">The enhanced SGLS logo confirms that these products have been sustainably produced. In total, 16 pulp and paper products have been certified under the enhanced SGLS scheme. </p> <p class="hugin">"We are extremely happy to receive the Singapore Green Label certification," says <b class="hugin">Ian Hamilton, </b>Area Sales Director S.E. Asia, UPM Specialty Papers, "Sustainability is increasingly high on the agenda when our customers and consumers make purchasing decisions. The Green Label helps us communicate UPM's commitment to systematically maintaining and increasing forest biodiversity as well as to promoting sustainable forestry and wood sourcing," Ian Hamilton continues. </p> <p class="hugin">Ms <b class="hugin">Jen Teo</b>, Executive Director of SEC said consumers should purchase responsibly and that SEC has given its highest assurance with the enhanced Singapore Green Label for pulp and paper products.</p> <p class="hugin">"SEC has professionally audited UPM to the highest standards; in addition to forest management we have looked at village welfare, fire and peatland management. This in turn enables each consumer to choose assured green labelled products as part of climate action efforts to reduce burning of forests, haze and terrestrial carbon," Teo said.</p> <p class="hugin"> "The Singapore Green Label is a symbol of sustainable manufacturing and good environmental practice. Consumers should reward companies for being responsible," Teo adds.</p> <p class="hugin">To achieve certification, applicants undergo a detailed audit and evaluation of their entire product supply chain - from the sourcing and manufacturing right through to the distribution and sale of their pulp and paper products. Certified products are subject to an annual audit as well as periodic ground surveillance to ensure compliance.  </p> <p class="hugin"><b class="hugin">UPM is a recognized industry-leader in sustainability </b></p> <p class="hugin">UPM's progressive approach to sustainability has been widely recognized. Since 2016 UPM has been a member of UN Global Compact LEAD, which is a unique leadership platform within the UN Global Compact that strongly promotes the integration of sustainability into business strategies. UPM has also been recognized as a forest and paper industry leader in the Dow Jones European and World Sustainability Indices (DJSI) for 2017-2018, and included in RobecoSAM's Sustainability Yearbook 2018, receiving Gold Class and Industry Mover distinctions.</p> <p class="hugin"><b class="hugin">For further information please contact:</b><br class="hugin">Ms. Yuanyuan Ma, Director, Stakeholder Relations, UPM Specialty Papers, tel. +86 21 6448 5544</p> <p class="hugin"><b class="hugin">UPM, Media Relations </b><br class="hugin">Mon-Fri 9:00-16:00 EET<br class="hugin">tel. +358 40 588 3284 <br class="hugin"><a class="hugin" href="mailto:media@upm.com" target="_blank">media@upm.com</a></p> <p class="hugin"><b class="hugin">UPM Specialty Papers</b><br class="hugin">UPM Specialty Papers produces labelling and packaging materials to global markets and fine papers to Asian markets. Its main customers are paper converters, distributors, retailers and printers. UPM Specialty Papers is a leader in sustainable development in the industry. Its high performance papers are produced in Finland and China. UPM Specialty Papers employs approximately 1,700 people in Finland, China, United States, Japan, South Korea, Singapore and Australia. <a class="hugin" href="http://www.upmspecialtypapers.com" target="_blank">www.upmspecialtypapers.com</a></p> <p class="hugin">Follow UPM Specialty Papers on <a class="hugin" href="https://twitter.com/UPM_Papers" target="_blank">Twitter</a> </p> <p class="hugin"><b class="hugin">UPM</b><br class="hugin">UPM leads the forest-based bioindustry into a sustainable, innovation-driven and exciting future across six business areas: UPM Biorefining, UPM Energy, UPM Raflatac, UPM Specialty Papers, UPM Paper ENA and UPM Plywood. UPM provides sustainable and safe solutions to the growing global consumer demand. Products are made of renewable and recyclable materials. The group employs around 19,100 people worldwide and its annual sales are approximately EUR 10 billion. UPM shares are listed on NASDAQ OMX Helsinki. UPM - The Biofore Company - <a class="hugin" href="http://www.upm.com" target="_blank">www.upm.com</a></p> <p class="hugin">Follow UPM on <a class="hugin" href="https://twitter.com/UPMGlobal" target="_blank">Twitter</a> | <a class="hugin" href="http://www.linkedin.com/company/upm-kymmene" target="_blank">LinkedIn</a> | <a class="hugin" href="http://www.facebook.com/UPMGlobal" target="_blank">Facebook</a> | <a class="hugin" href="https://www.youtube.com/user/upmdotcom" target="_blank">YouTube</a> | <a class="hugin" href="https://www.instagram.com/upmbiofore/" target="_blank">Instagram</a> | <a class="hugin" href="https://www.upmbiofore.com/" target="_blank">upmbiofore.com</a></p> GP0|#81853a22-b160-4cb3-8242-e79183473299;L0|#081853a22-b160-4cb3-8242-e79183473299|Press release;GTSet|#755a91e0-667c-4344-8c43-ca8420eb841f
UPM receives RobecoSAM's Industry Mover distinction2018-02-01T11:30:00Zhttp://www.upm.com/About-us/Newsroom/Releases/Pages/UPM-receives-RobecoSAM's-Industry-Mover-distiction-001-Thu-01-Feb-2018-13-33.aspxUPM receives RobecoSAM's Industry Mover distinction<p class="hugin">(UPM, Helsinki, 1 February 2018 at 13:30 EET) -  UPM has been listed in the RobecoSAM's Sustainability Yearbook 2018 with the Gold Class and Industry Mover distinctions. The company that has achieved the largest proportional improvement in its sustainability performance compared to the previous year is named the RobecoSAM Industry Mover.  RobecoSAM awards companies for their excellent sustainability performance. </p> <p class="hugin"><img width="627" height="150" class="hugin" id="Picture 2" src="https://hugin.info/165629/I/2165390/125674.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p class="hugin"><b class="hugin">Aris Prepoudis</b>, CEO, RobecoSAM: "I congratulate UPM whole heartedly for being awarded a Gold Class medal and recognized as Industry Mover in The Sustainability Yearbook 2018. The companies included in the Yearbook are the world's most sustainable companies in their industry and are moving the ESG needle in ways that will help us realise the UN's Sustainable Development Goals by 2030." </p> <p class="hugin">"This award makes us at the same time extremely proud and humble," <b class="hugin">Sami Lundgren</b>, VP, UPM Environment and Responsibility says smiling. </p> <p class="hugin">"We are proud of the positive steps we have taken in each area of responsibility, and are, of course, pleased that those actions have promoted us in the Gold class and especially among the Industry Movers," Sami continues. </p> <p class="hugin">"Our Aiming higher culture and purpose to create value by seizing the limitless potential of bioeconomy push us to work even harder," Sami says. </p> <p class="hugin">The UN's 2030 Sustainable Development Goals are strongly guiding UPM in all of its operations. As of 2016 we have been a member of UN Global Compact LEAD, which is a unique leadership platform within the UN Global Compact that strongly promotes the integration of sustainability into business strategies. </p> <p class="hugin">"We have a great network of the most sustainably advanced companies across geographical regions and industry sectors to discuss and share best practices with," Sami concludes.</p> <p class="hugin">The Sustainability Yearbook awards companies for their excellent sustainability performance as determined by their score in <a class="hugin" href="http://www.robecosam.com/en/sustainability-insights/about-sustainability/corporate-sustainability-assessment/index.jsp" target="_blank">RobecoSAM's annual Corporate Sustainability Assessment (CSA).</a><br class="hugin">Read more on the 2018 edition of RobecoSAM's <a class="hugin" href="https://emea01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http://mail.robecosam.com/u/nrd.php?p%3DX9WJpGOdYF_413_1200470_2_75%26ems_l%3D1071712&data=02%7c01%7ck109905%40mgd.upm.com%7c5b5bb4efe35a4e0d0a4e08d5693915fb%7c9eab37f091c647e39c00fe8544bd272e%7c1%7c0%7c636530616259786657&sdata=sjPyGwuLxXYcB3KLFfY6gf7JF6irCMVlzV2GxZ3foSE%3D&reserved=0" target="_blank">The Sustainability Yearbook</a>. </p> <p class="hugin"><b class="hugin">For further information please contact:</b><br class="hugin">Sami Lundgren, Vice President, UPM, Environment and Responsibility, tel. +358 40 580 0910.</p> <p class="hugin"><b class="hugin">UPM, Media Relations </b><br class="hugin">Mon-Fri 9.00-16.00 EET<br class="hugin">tel. +358 40 588 3284 <br class="hugin"><a class="hugin" href="mailto:media@upm.com" target="_blank">media@upm.com</a></p> <p class="hugin"><b class="hugin">UPM</b><br class="hugin">UPM leads the forest-based bioindustry into a sustainable, innovation-driven and exciting future across six business areas: UPM Biorefining, UPM Energy, UPM Raflatac, UPM Specialty Papers, UPM Paper ENA and UPM Plywood. UPM provides sustainable and safe solutions to the growing global consumer demand. Products are made of renewable and recyclable materials. The group employs around 19,100 people worldwide and its annual sales are approximately EUR 10 billion. UPM shares are listed on NASDAQ OMX Helsinki. UPM - The Biofore Company - <a class="hugin" href="http://www.upm.com/" target="_blank">www.upm.com</a></p> <p class="hugin">Follow UPM on <a class="hugin" href="https://twitter.com/UPMGlobal" target="_blank">Twitter</a> | <a class="hugin" href="http://www.linkedin.com/company/upm-kymmene" target="_blank">LinkedIn</a> | <a class="hugin" href="http://www.facebook.com/UPMGlobal" target="_blank">Facebook</a> | <a class="hugin" href="https://www.youtube.com/user/upmdotcom" target="_blank">YouTube</a> | <a class="hugin" href="https://www.instagram.com/upmbiofore/" target="_blank">Instagram</a> | <a class="hugin" href="https://www.upmbiofore.com/" target="_blank">upmbiofore.com</a></p> GP0|#81853a22-b160-4cb3-8242-e79183473299;L0|#081853a22-b160-4cb3-8242-e79183473299|Press release;GTSet|#755a91e0-667c-4344-8c43-ca8420eb841f
Heating ensures that future generations can also enjoy Verla World Heritage Site2017-12-21T08:00:00Zhttp://www.upm.com/About-us/Newsroom/Releases/Pages/Heating-ensures-that-future-generations-can-also-enjoy-Verla-World-Heritage-Site-001-Thu-21-Dec-2017-10-03.aspxHeating ensures that future generations can also enjoy Verla World Heritage Site<p class="hugin">(UPM, Helsinki, 21.12.2017 10:00) - At Unesco World Heritage Site Verla in Kymenlaakso, a new heating plant will be built to ensure the site remains in good condition in the future. The Verla groundwood and board mill, owned and maintained by UPM, is one of the seven World Heritage Sites in Finland.</p> <p class="hugin">"It is important to us that we preserve the World Heritage Site for future generations. After Verla was named a World Heritage Site in 1996, several projects have been carried out to preserve the site.  The buildings have been fitted with fire protection systems, for example, and because the mill stands by the Verlankoski stream, a longitudinal dam has been constructed to protect the buildings from flooding and water leakages. The heating solution being implemented in the upcoming winter is a significant investment in Verla's long-term protection," explains the Museum Director <b class="hugin">Ville Majuri</b>. </p> <p class="hugin"><img alt="" class="hugin" height="353" id="Picture 1" src="https://hugin.info/165629/I/2157755/124719.jpg" width="627" /></p> <p class="hugin"><i class="hugin">Photo: Lassi Kujala</i></p> <p class="hugin">When the groundwood and cardboard mills were still in operation, the brick buildings were heated. However, the heating was removed after their operation ceased in 1964. When the buildings are heated again, their preservation conditions will become more favourable. When a building is heated, the heat is conducted through its structures, drying both the air inside the building and the structures in turn. This also stabilizes harmful changes in indoor temperature and reduces the damage caused by moisture. Heating the facilities also protects the preserved machines and equipment. </p> <p class="hugin">The new heating system at Verla will be installed into the existing boiler room of the drying plant that was built in 1893. The room will then return to its former purpose. The new boiler produces heat using renewable wood pellets and is installed between the old boilers. "The project has been developed in co-operation with the National Board of Antiquities. It is wonderful that we can utilize the old facilities and structures of the preserved mill, such as the boiler room and chimney, for their original purpose," Majuri continues.</p> <p class="hugin">Until now, Verla has only been open to the public during the summer season. Heating enables the development of tourism and a longer - at best, year-round - operating season.</p> <p class="hugin">For the technical implementation of the heating solution, UPM has collaborated with KSS Lämpö, a subsidiary of KSS Energia. The company's field of operation includes heating solutions for different areas. KSS Energia owns two hydropower plants at Verla World Heritage Site. "I am pleased with the result. We found a practical solution for heating the preserved buildings," states <b class="hugin">Ilmo Penttilä</b>, KSS Lämpö CEO.</p> <p class="hugin">In its statement, the National Board of Antiquities has recommended the heating solution. "By heating the buildings moderately and in a manner that takes their cultural and historical value into account, the life of the drying plant and the entire Verla World Heritage Site will likely be extended. The project has been well prepared and it will likely have a positive effect on preserving the World Heritage Site as well as its cultural and historical value.</p> <p class="hugin"><b class="hugin">For further information, please contact:</b><br class="hugin">Museum director Ville Majuri, UPM, Verla Mill Museum, tel. +358 204 152 206, ville.majuri@upm.com   <br class="hugin">CEO Ilmo Penttilä, KSS Lämpö, tel. +358 400 55 1214, ilmo.penttilä@kssenergia.fi</p> <p class="hugin"><b class="hugin">UPM, Media Relations </b><br class="hugin">Mon-Fri 9.00-16.00 EET<br class="hugin">tel. +358 40 588 3284 <br class="hugin"><a class="hugin" href="mailto:media@upm.com" target="_blank">media@upm.com</a> </p> <p class="hugin"><b class="hugin">Verla</b><br class="hugin">World Heritage Site Verla is a unique monument. The setting for the old board mill  is located in northern Kymenlaakso by the Verlankoski stream, about 30 kilometres from the town of Kouvola. Verla has been serving as a mill museum since 1972 and was included on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1996. Verla Mill Museum is open in the Summer between 2 May and 30 September, from Tuesday to Sunday 11:00-16:00 and after Midsummer until the end of August every day 10:00-18:00. The museum is closed on Midsummer Eve and Midsummer Day. It is possible to arrange for the museum to be opened for groups outside of these times. For more information: <a class="hugin" href="http://www.verla.fi" target="_blank">www.verla.fi</a> </p> <p class="hugin"><b class="hugin">UPM</b><br class="hugin">UPM leads the forest-based bioindustry into a sustainable, innovation-driven and exciting future across six business areas: UPM Biorefining, UPM Energy, UPM Raflatac, UPM Specialty Papers, UPM Paper ENA and UPM Plywood. UPM provides sustainable and safe solutions to the growing global consumption. Products are made of renewable and recyclable materials. The group employs around 19,300 people worldwide and its annual sales are approximately EUR 10 billion. UPM shares are listed on NASDAQ OMX Helsinki. UPM - The Biofore Company - <a class="hugin" href="http://www.upm.com" target="_blank">www.upm.com</a></p> <p class="hugin">Follow UPM on <a class="hugin" href="https://twitter.com/UPM_News" target="_blank">Twitter</a> | <a class="hugin" href="https://www.linkedin.com/company/upm-kymmene" target="_blank">LinkedIn</a> | <a class="hugin" href="https://www.facebook.com/UPMGlobal" target="_blank">Facebook</a> | <a class="hugin" href="https://www.youtube.com/user/upmdotcom" target="_blank">YouTube</a> | <a class="hugin" href="https://www.instagram.com/upmbiofore/" target="_blank">Instagram</a> | <a class="hugin" href="https://www.upmbiofore.com/" target="_blank">upmbiofore.com</a></p> GP0|#81853a22-b160-4cb3-8242-e79183473299;L0|#081853a22-b160-4cb3-8242-e79183473299|Press release;GTSet|#755a91e0-667c-4344-8c43-ca8420eb841f
UPM supports schooling opportunities of young people at risk of social exclusion2017-11-20T09:30:00Zhttp://www.upm.com/About-us/Newsroom/Releases/Pages/UPM-supports-schooling-opportunities-of-young-people-at-risk-of-social-exclusion-001-Mon-20-Nov-2017-11-30.aspxUPM supports schooling opportunities of young people at risk of social exclusion<p class="hugin">(UPM, Helsinki, 20 November 2017 at 11.30 EET) -UPM supports young people whose secondary education is at risk due to the family's low income through Eväitä Elämälle programme by Save the Children organisation. UPM's support is targeted at buying learning materials so that young people can continue their studies regardless of the family's financial situation. The study materials aid will be directed to the local associations of the Save the Children organisation.</p> <p class="hugin">In Finland, 15 per cent of young people have not completed upper secondary education by the age of 25. Nearly half of the young people without qualification or education have had to cut or drop their studies due to lack of money. The costs of upper secondary education are caused by learning materials in particular. Study materials aid is provided for the textbooks and other materials, such as work equipment, used at secondary schools and vocational institutions. The goal is that the beneficiaries can complete a matriculation examination or a vocational qualification.</p> <p class="hugin">"As a sponsor of Eväitä Elämälle programme we are promoting equality and inclusion among young people as well as increasing their opportunities to build future in their chosen studies. This is important for the young themselves but also for society as a whole and for its wellbeing, "says <b class="hugin">Pirkko Harrela</b>, Executive Vice President, Stakeholder Relations at UPM.</p> <p class="hugin">"Under the Eväitä Elämälle programme, 1,458 children from low-income families received aid for learning materials and hobbies from Save the Children last year. Our recent study shows clearly that the schooling costs are a problem for many. Nearly 60 per cent of the respondents felt that the costs of secondary education have caused them or their families financial challenges,"says <b class="hugin">Hanna Markkula-Kivisilta</b>, Secretary General from Save the Children Finland.</p> <p class="hugin">UPM's societal engagement activities are closely connected to our Biofore strategy and responsibility targets. UPM focuses on projects that are relevant to both UPM's business and responsibility goals. The focus areas of UPM's Biofore Share and Care programme are: Reading & Learning, Engaging with communities, Responsible water use and Boosting bioinnovations. Read more on Biofore Share and Care programme on UPM <a class="hugin" href="http://www.upm.com/Responsibility/people-society/sponsorships-donations/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">website</a>.</p> <p class="hugin"><b class="hugin">For further information please contact:</b><br class="hugin">Pirkko Harrela, EVP, Stakeholder Relations, UPM, <a class="hugin" href="mailto:pirkko.harrela@upm.com" target="_blank">pirkko.harrela@upm.com</a>, tel. +358 2041 50588<br class="hugin">Hanna Markkula-Kivisilta, Secretary General, Save the Children Finland, <a class="hugin" href="mailto:hanna.markkula-kivisilta@pelastakaalapset.fi" target="_blank">hanna.markkula-kivisilta@pelastakaalapset.fi</a>, tel. +358 50 462 1148</p> <p class="hugin"><b class="hugin">UPM, Media Relations </b><br class="hugin">Mon-Fri 9.00-16.00 EET<br class="hugin">tel. +358 40 588 3284 <br class="hugin"><a class="hugin" href="mailto:media@upm.com" target="_blank">media@upm.com</a></p> <p class="hugin"><b class="hugin">Save the Children Finland</b><br class="hugin">Save the Children Finland is a politically and religiously independent non-governmental organization founded in 1922, which fights for children's rights in order to immediately and permanently improve children's lives in Finland and all over the world. Save the Children Finland is part of the Save the Children organization, which operates in over 100 countries to improve children's lives. Our vision is a world where every child has the right to live, to be protected, to develop and to participate. Our mission is to improve the way children are treated and to immediately and permanently improve children's lives. Additional information: <a class="hugin" href="http://www.pelastakaalapset.fi" target="_blank">www.pelastakaalapset.fi</a> </p> <p class="hugin"><b class="hugin">UPM</b><br class="hugin">UPM leads the forest-based bioindustry into a sustainable, innovation-driven and exciting future across six business areas: UPM Biorefining, UPM Energy, UPM Raflatac, UPM Specialty Papers, UPM Paper ENA and UPM Plywood. UPM provides sustainable and safe solutions to the growing global consumption. Products are made of renewable and recyclable materials. The group employs around 19,300 people worldwide and its annual sales are approximately EUR 10 billion. UPM shares are listed on NASDAQ OMX Helsinki. UPM - The Biofore Company - <a class="hugin" href="http://www.upm.com" target="_blank">www.upm.com</a></p> <p class="hugin">Follow UPM on <a class="hugin" href="https://twitter.com/UPM_News" target="_blank">Twitter</a> | <a class="hugin" href="https://www.linkedin.com/company/upm-kymmene" target="_blank">LinkedIn</a> | <a class="hugin" href="https://www.facebook.com/UPMGlobal" target="_blank">Facebook</a> | <a class="hugin" href="https://www.youtube.com/user/upmdotcom" target="_blank">YouTube</a> | <a class="hugin" href="https://www.instagram.com/upmbiofore/" target="_blank">Instagram</a> | <a class="hugin" href="https://www.upmbiofore.com/" target="_blank">upmbiofore.com</a></p> GP0|#81853a22-b160-4cb3-8242-e79183473299;L0|#081853a22-b160-4cb3-8242-e79183473299|Press release;GTSet|#755a91e0-667c-4344-8c43-ca8420eb841f