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UPM's support of the "Local waters" school project enables the project to expand nationwide2016-04-28T07:30:00Zhttp://www.upm.com/About-us/Newsroom/Releases/Pages/UPM's-support-of-the-Local-waters-school-project-enables-the-project-to-expand-n-001-Thu-28-Apr-2016-10-33.aspxUPM's support of the "Local waters" school project enables the project to expand nationwide<p class="hugin">(UPM, Helsinki, 28 April 2016 at 10:30 EET) - UPM supports a school project called "Local waters". Originally launched in schools in the city of Rauma, the project will expand to other UPM mill locations in Finland in 2016. The project aims to improve grammar and encourage secondary school students to become more interested in natural sciences-particularly natural science related to water-by exploring the natural waters in the vicinity of the schools. In addition to UPM, the Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE), Raumanmeri Rotary Club and the organisation puhdasvesi.fi are also involved in the project.</p> <p class="hugin">Schools involved in the project will receive equipment needed for water studies. Pupils will solve water-related tasks using information from various school subjects, and the findings are transmitted digitally to teachers via smartphones.</p> <p class="hugin">The project is aimed at 5th and 7th graders. UPM will expand the project to other locations in Finland this year, particularly to Jämsä, Kuusankoski (Kouvola), Pietarsaari, Valkeakoski and Lappeenranta where UPM's mills are located.</p> <p class="hugin">"Water is one of the most important natural resources and an important raw material for UPM. The "Local waters" project combines UPM's sponsorship focus areas - learning and responsible water use - and we are very pleased to participate in a project that provides young pupils with an opportunity to learn about water and its importance to environmental wellbeing", says <b class="hugin">Päivi Salpakivi-Salomaa</b>, Vice President, Environment and Responsibility of UPM.</p> <p class="hugin">The experiences from the project in Rauma have been good. The project is part of the new curriculum from the Finnish National Board of Education in which environmental education and sustainable development are included in a number of different subjects. </p> <p class="hugin">"The school children here in Rauma have been excited to participate in the project. Good experiences and positive feedback have encouraged us to expand the project into other regions in Finland. UPM's involvement now makes this possible", says <b class="hugin">Raimo Vahanto</b> from Raumanmeri Rotary Club.</p> <p class="hugin">The data collected by the pupils is compiled in nationwide registers managed by the Finnish Environment Institute. </p> <p class="hugin">"With this project, we get plenty of new material about the state of waterways that we can utilise at a national level. In addition, we are very glad that this project has been successful in making children more interested in the status of water bodies", says <b class="hugin">Juhani Kettunen</b>, Programme Director from the Finnish Environment Institute.</p> <p class="hugin"><b class="hugin">For more information please contact:</b><br class="hugin">Päivi Salpakivi-Salomaa, Vice President, Environment and Responsibility, UPM, tel. +358 400 754748<br class="hugin">Juhani Kettunen, Programme Director, Finnish Environment Institute SYKE, tel. +358 2 95251277<br class="hugin">Raimo Vahanto, organisation puhdasmeri.fi, tel. +358 40 5330196  </p> <p class="hugin"><b class="hugin">UPM, Media Relations </b><br class="hugin">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">Through the renewing of the bio and forest industries, UPM is building a sustainable future across six business areas: UPM Biorefining, UPM Energy, UPM Raflatac, UPM Paper Asia, UPM Paper ENA and UPM Plywood. Our products are made of renewable raw materials and are recyclable. We serve our customers worldwide. The group employs around 19,600 people 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/Pages/default.aspx" 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></p> GP0|#81853a22-b160-4cb3-8242-e79183473299;L0|#081853a22-b160-4cb3-8242-e79183473299|Press release;GTSet|#755a91e0-667c-4344-8c43-ca8420eb841f
UPM joins WWF Earth Hour: concrete actions and long term responsibility targets 2016-03-18T09:00:00Zhttp://www.upm.com/About-us/Newsroom/Releases/Pages/UPM-joins-WWF-Earth-Hour-concrete-actions-and-long-term-responsibility-targets--001-Fri-18-Mar-2016-11-00.aspxUPM joins WWF Earth Hour: concrete actions and long term responsibility targets <p class="hugin">(UPM, Helsinki, 18 March 2016 at 11:00 EET) - UPM joins WWF's Global Earth Hour 2016 climate event by turning off the lights at the Biofore House in Helsinki, Finland, on 19 March 2016 from 20:30 to 21:30 local time. </p> <p class="hugin">"WWF's Earth Hour reminds us all of the importance of every day's actions in climate change mitigation," says <b class="hugin">Päivi Salpakivi-Salomaa</b>, Vice President, Environment and Responsibility".</p> <p class="hugin">UPM builds its climate change mitigation and adaption actions on three main pillars. We aim to ensure that our most important raw material - wood - grows in sustainably managed forests, which, again, act as carbon sinks. We promote high biodiversity value ecosystems that are less vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. Resource efficient operations and constantly increasing use of renewable and low emission energy are our key drivers in production. On top of all, our products are renewable, recyclable and act as carbon sinks. They are also an endless innovative source for new businesses and products that can replace non-renewable materials with renewable.</p> <p class="hugin">"We updated our 2030 responsibility focus areas and targets in 2015. On the climate agenda we aim to reduce the fossil CO2 emissions from own combustion and purchased electricity by 30% and the acidifying flue gases by 20%. On the forest 2030 agenda we have set a target to use only certified wood in our production," Salpakivi-Salomaa lists concrete actions.<br class="hugin">UPM has participated WWF's Earth Hour for many years already. We have active co-operation with WWF in several countries. For example, we have a long-term versatile co-operation with WWF Finland in promoting sustainability of wood-based liquid biofuels and sustainable forest management as well as protected areas networks in Finland. <br class="hugin">Earth Hour is a world-wide event organised by WWF. It inspires people all over the world to show their support for climate work. Read more: <a class="hugin" href="http://www.earthhour.org/" target="_blank">http://www.earthhour.org/</a><b class="hugin"><br class="hugin">For further information please contact:<br class="hugin"></b>Päivi Salpakivi-Salomaa, Vice President, Environment and Responsibility, UPM, tel. +358 204 15 0936<br class="hugin">To learn more about our actions in climate change mitigation, please check the videos on YouTube: <a class="hugin" href="https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=upm+climate" target="_blank">Link</a><br class="hugin"><b class="hugin">UPM, Media Relations<br class="hugin"></b>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><br class="hugin"><a class="hugin" href="http://www.twitter.com/UPM_News" target="_blank">www.twitter.com/UPM_News</a><br class="hugin"><a class="hugin" href="http://www.facebook.com/UPMGlobal" target="_blank">www.facebook.com/UPMGlobal</a><br class="hugin"><a class="hugin" href="http://www.linkedin.com/company/upm-kymmene" target="_blank">www.linkedin.com/company/upm-kymmene</a><br class="hugin"></p> <p class="hugin"><strong class="hugin">UPM</strong><br class="hugin">Through the renewing of the bio and forest industries, UPM is building a sustainable future across six business areas: UPM Biorefining, UPM Energy, UPM Raflatac, UPM Paper Asia, UPM Paper Europe and North America and UPM Plywood. Our products are made of renewable raw materials and are recyclable. We serve our customers worldwide. The group employs around 19,600 people 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> GP0|#81853a22-b160-4cb3-8242-e79183473299;L0|#081853a22-b160-4cb3-8242-e79183473299|Press release;GTSet|#755a91e0-667c-4344-8c43-ca8420eb841f
Corporate Knights ranks UPM on the 25th place in the list of 100 most sustainable corporations in the world2016-01-21T12:00:00Zhttp://www.upm.com/About-us/Newsroom/Releases/Pages/Corporate-Knights-ranks-UPM-on-the-25th-place-in-the-list-of-100-most-sustainabl-001-Thu-21-Jan-2016-14-03.aspxCorporate Knights ranks UPM on the 25th place in the list of 100 most sustainable corporations in the world<p class="hugin">​(UPM, Helsinki, 21 January 2016 at 14:00 EET) - UPM has been ranked on the 25<sup class="hugin" style="vertical-align:text-top;font-size:0.8em;">th</sup> place in the list of 100 most sustainable corporations by Corporate Knights, the Canadian-based media and research company. UPM is the only company in the Paper and Forest Products category.</p> <p class="hugin">The Global 100 Index is determined using 12 quantitative sustainability indicators, including the amount of revenue that companies generate per unit of energy consumed, the ratio of CEO to average worker pay and percentage of taxes paid. Companies who make the Global 100 ranking are the top overall performers in terms of sustainability in their respective industrial sectors, selected from 4353 listed companies with a market capitalisation of over 2 billion USD on 1 October 2015.<br></p><p class="hugin"><img src="/About-us/Newsroom/Releases/PublishingImages/Pages/Corporate-Knights-ranks-UPM-on-the-25th-place-in-the-list-of-100-most-sustainabl-001-Thu-21-Jan-2016-14-03/Corporate%20knights.jpg" alt="Corporate knights.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p> <p class="hugin">"This is the first time that UPM has been ranked on this esteemed list, and we really appreciate reaching such a good position ," says <b class="hugin">Päivi Salpakivi-Salomaa</b>, Vice President of Environment and Responsibility at UPM. </p> <p class="hugin">"For UPM, driving top performance is clearly linked to sustainability. Our vision is captured in one word Biofore. It means that UPM integrates the bio and forest industries and builds a new, sustainable and innovation-driven future. Versatile use of recyclable and renewable wood biomass, combined with innovation, efficiency and responsibility are at the core of UPM Biofore," Salpakivi-Salomaa continues. </p> <p class="hugin">"Global 100 companies demonstrate ambition and achievement on a broad spectrum of indicators. They are where people want to work, buy from and invest in over the long term," says <b class="hugin">Toby Heaps</b>, CEO of Corporate Knights.</p> <p class="hugin">For full rankings, check this <a href="http://www.corporateknights.com/magazines/2016-global-100-issue/2016-global-100-results-14533333/">link</a>. </p> <p class="hugin"><b class="hugin">​For further information please contact:</b><br class="hugin"><b class="hugin">Päivi Salpakivi-Salomaa</b>, Vice President, Environment and Responsibility, UPM, tel. +358 2041 50396<br class="hugin"><b class="hugin">Toby Heaps</b>, CEO, Corporate Knights, tel. +1 416 274 1432, toby@corporateknights.com</p> <p class="hugin"><b class="hugin">UPM, Media Relations </b><br class="hugin">09:00-16:00 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"><a class="hugin" href="http://www.twitter.com/UPM_News" target="_blank">www.twitter.com/UPM_News</a><br class="hugin"><a class="hugin" href="http://www.facebook.com/UPMGlobal" target="_blank">www.facebook.com/UPMGlobal</a><br class="hugin"><a class="hugin" href="http://www.linkedin.com/company/upm-kymmene" target="_blank">www.linkedin.com/company/upm-kymmene</a></p> <p class="hugin"><b class="hugin">UPM</b><br class="hugin">Through the renewing of the bio and forest industries, UPM is building a sustainable future across six business areas: UPM Biorefining, UPM Energy, UPM Raflatac, UPM Paper Asia, UPM Paper Europe and North America and UPM Plywood. Our products are made of renewable raw materials and are recyclable. We serve our customers worldwide. The group employs around 20,000 people 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> GP0|#81853a22-b160-4cb3-8242-e79183473299;L0|#081853a22-b160-4cb3-8242-e79183473299|Press release;GTSet|#755a91e0-667c-4344-8c43-ca8420eb841f
UN invites UPM to join a group of world's top 50 sustainability leaders 2016-01-19T13:00:00Zhttp://www.upm.com/About-us/Newsroom/Releases/Pages/UN-invites-UPM-to-join-a-group-of-world's-top-50-sustainability-leaders--001-Tue-19-Jan-2016-15-03.aspxUN invites UPM to join a group of world's top 50 sustainability leaders <p class="hugin">(UPM, Helsinki, 19 January 2016 at 15:00 EET) - UPM has accepted a special invitation to join the United Nations Global Compact LEAD as of 1 January 2016. UPM is the first forest industry company and also the first Finnish company ever to receive such an invitation. </p> <p class="hugin">Global Compact LEAD is a unique leadership platform within the United Nations Global Compact that strongly promotes the integration of sustainability into business strategies. At the moment the 50 most sustainably advanced companies across geographical regions and industry sectors have been invited to LEAD. The total number of member companies at UN Global Compact is approximately 8000. </p> <p class="hugin">"UPM's invitation is a recognition of the company's industry-leading sustainability practices and long-standing commitment to the UN Global Compact," says <b class="hugin">Lise Kingo,</b> Executive Director of Global Compact. </p> <p class="hugin">"Participating in LEAD offers UPM an opportunity to receive global recognition alongside fellow its sustainability leaders, clearly demonstrating the contribution that great companies can make to advance the global Sustainability Development Goals (SDGs). The criteria for LEAD are very strict and only the most advanced companies can be invited," Kingo continues.</p> <p class="hugin">"The invitation is a great recognition for UPM's long term commitment. For us, joining LEAD will be a great opportunity to stay abreast of developments within the industry and to generate and implement advanced corporate sustainability practices together with other sustainability leaders and committed stakeholders," says <b class="hugin">Pirkko Harrela</b>, Executive Vice President, Stakeholder Relations, UPM. </p> <p class="hugin">"Our expectation is that LEAD is a well-managed operation with clear targets and good planning.  With this in mind, we look forward to good co-operation both with the LEAD management and the peer companies," Harrela says.</p> <p class="hugin"><b class="hugin">What does it mean to be in LEAD? </b>Read more in UPM's stakeholder magazine on <a class="hugin" href="http://www.upmbiofore.com" target="_blank">www.upmbiofore.com</a>.</p> <p class="hugin"><b class="hugin">For further information please contact:</b><br class="hugin">Päivi Salpakivi-Salomaa, VP, Environment and Responsibility, UPM, tel. +3582041 50396.</p> <p class="hugin"><b class="hugin">UPM, Media Relations </b><br class="hugin">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"><a class="hugin" href="http://www.twitter.com/UPM_News" target="_blank">www.twitter.com/UPM_News</a><br class="hugin"><a class="hugin" href="http://www.facebook.com/UPMGlobal" target="_blank">www.facebook.com/UPMGlobal</a><br class="hugin"><a class="hugin" href="http://www.linkedin.com/company/upm-kymmene" target="_blank">www.linkedin.com/company/upm-kymmene</a></p> <p class="hugin"><b class="hugin">UPM</b><br class="hugin">Through the renewing of the bio and forest industries, UPM is building a sustainable future across six business areas: UPM Biorefining, UPM Energy, UPM Raflatac, UPM Paper Asia, UPM Paper Europe and North America and UPM Plywood. Our products are made of renewable raw materials and are recyclable. We serve our customers worldwide. The group employs around 20,000 people 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"><b class="hugin">Global Compact LEAD</b><br class="hugin">Launched in January 2011 to drive innovation and leadership among participants of the UN Global Compact, Global Compact LEAD recognizes the critical need for supporting UN Global Compact participants to achieve higher levels of corporate sustainability performance -- as outlined in the Global Compact's <i class="hugin">Blueprint for Corporate Sustainability Leadership</i>. LEAD Participants share a commitment to implement the <i class="hugin">Blueprint</i> and a willingness to lead the Global Compact with strong engagement at the local and global levels. LEAD currently has 50 participants representing all regions of the world. </p> GP0|#81853a22-b160-4cb3-8242-e79183473299;L0|#081853a22-b160-4cb3-8242-e79183473299|Press release;GTSet|#755a91e0-667c-4344-8c43-ca8420eb841f

​Responsibility highlights in figures

Lost time accident frequency


- 11%

Production waste reused or recycled


over 90%

Share of certified wood and fibre


84%

Share of ecolabelled sales


77%

Dow Jones Sustainability Index 2015-2016


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JAN 19 2016

UN invites UPM to join a group of world's top 50 sustainability leaders

UPM has accepted a special invitation to join the United Nations Global Compact LEAD as of 1 January 2016. UPM is the first forest industry company and also the first Finnish company ever to receive such an invitation.