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

Lost time accident frequency


- 11%

Production waste reused or recycled


approx. 90%

Share of certified wood and fibre


84%

Share of ecolabelled sales


69%

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 listed as the industry leader in the global Dow Jones Sustainability Index 2017-09-07T06:00:00Zhttp://www.upm.com/About-us/Newsroom/Releases/Pages/UPM-listed-as-the-industry-leader-in-the-global-Dow-Jones-Sustainability-Index--001-Thu-07-Sep-2017-09-03.aspxUPM listed as the industry leader in the global Dow Jones Sustainability Index <p class="hugin">(UPM, Helsinki, 7 September 2017 at 09.00 EET)  - UPM has been listed as the forest and paper industry leader in the Dow Jones European and World Sustainability Indices (DJSI) for 2017-2018 for the fifth time.</p> <p class="hugin">"Responsibility is one of the key elements of UPM's Biofore strategy. Compliance, integrity and sustainability are strongly guiding everything we do," says <b class="hugin">Pirkko Harrela</b>, Executive Vice President, UPM Stakeholder Relations. </p> <p class="hugin">"We promote responsible practices throughout the value chain and are active in finding sustainable solutions in co-operation with our customers, suppliers and partners. Creating value for society both as a company and through our products is essential for us," Harrela continues. </p> <p class="hugin">The annual Corporate Sustainability Assessment is conducted by an investment specialist RobecoSAM, and is based on a rigorous analysis of economic, environmental and social performance of the world's leading companies, assessing issues covering climate change strategies, supply chain standards, labour practices, corporate governance and risk management. The DJSI follows a best-in-class approach, recognising companies across all industries that outperform their peers in sustainability metrics. </p> <p class="hugin"><img width="346" height="118" class="hugin" src="https://hugin.info/165629/I/2132134/121388.jpg" alt="" /></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">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">About UPM</b></p> <p 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 Specialty Papers, 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 19,300 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">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="http://upmbiofore.com/" target="_blank">upmbiofore.com</a></p> GP0|#c72b848f-2cb3-4c62-ac14-e72f6f391f59;L0|#0c72b848f-2cb3-4c62-ac14-e72f6f391f59|Investor news;GTSet|#755a91e0-667c-4344-8c43-ca8420eb841f
Working toward a more sustainable future in packaging design: UPM Raflatac joins Sustainable Packaging Coalition2017-08-17T14:00:00Zhttp://www.upm.com/About-us/Newsroom/Releases/Pages/Working-toward-a-more-sustainable-future-in-packaging-design-UPM-Raflatac-joins--001-Thu-17-Aug-2017-17-03.aspxWorking toward a more sustainable future in packaging design: UPM Raflatac joins Sustainable Packaging Coalition<p class="hugin"> (UPM Raflatac, Mills River, NC, USA, August 17, 2017 at 17:00 EET) - UPM Raflatac, a global leader in the production of self-adhesive labeling solutions, has reinforced its commitment to building a more sustainable world by joining the Sustainable Packaging Coalition<sup class="hugin" style="vertical-align:text-top;font-size:0.8em;">®</sup> (SPC). The SPC is a membership-based collaborative led by an independent non-profit that believes in the power of industry to make packaging more sustainable. UPM Raflatac joins more than 200 member companies, government officials and academic institutions. UPM Raflatac will also sponsor The SPC's upcoming SPC Advance conference in Pittsburgh this October.</p> <p class="hugin">Through strong member support, an informed and science-based approach, supply chain collaborations and continuous outreach, the SPC endeavors to build packaging systems that encourage economic prosperity and a sustainable flow of materials. Sustainability is one of the key drivers of UPM Raflatac's product development - the company's labels are sustainable by design. UPM Raflatac supports environmental responsibility throughout the entire label lifecycle, from raw material sourcing to end-of-life treatment like recycling.</p> <p class="hugin">"Having a full scope of the considerations that go into making more sustainable packaging is vital," says <b class="hugin">Nina Goodrich</b>, Executive Director, Sustainable Packaging Coalition. "We look forward to having another voice and perspective within the coalition." </p> <p class="hugin">"We are honored to join the Sustainable Packaging Coalition," says <b class="hugin">Tyler Matusevich</b>, Senior Sustainability Specialist, Americas, UPM Raflatac. "At UPM Raflatac, we leverage our in-house expertise, technology and capabilities to assess the environmental impacts of the label products we manufacture, and by joining this group featuring like-minded brand owners and manufacturers, we can work together for a more sustainable world in packaging design."</p> <p class="hugin">Labels matter and they can have a significant influence on the sustainability of packaging. That's why UPM Raflatac aims to be the pressure-sensitive label industry's sustainability leader and partner of choice.    </p> <p class="hugin"><a class="hugin" href="http://go.upmraflatac.com/sustainabilityamericas" target="_blank">Learn more about UPM Raflatac's sustainability initiatives »</a></p> <p class="hugin"><b class="hugin">For further information please contact:</b><br class="hugin">Tyler Matusevich, Senior Sustainability Specialist, UPM Raflatac, tel. +1-828-318-7871, <a class="hugin" href="mailto:tyler.matusevich@upmraflatac.com" target="_blank">tyler.matusevich@upmraflatac.com</a> </p> <p class="hugin"><b class="hugin">UPM Raflatac </b><br class="hugin">UPM Raflatac is one of the world's leading producers of self-adhesive label materials. We supply high-quality paper and film label stock for consumer product and industrial labelling through a global network of factories, distribution terminals and sales offices. We employ around 3,000 people and made sales of EUR 1.4 billion (USD 1.5 billion) in 2016. UPM Raflatac is part of UPM - The Biofore Company. Find out more at <a class="hugin" href="http://www.upmraflatac.com" target="_blank">www.upmraflatac.com</a>.</p> <p class="hugin">Follow us on <a class="hugin" href="https://twitter.com/upmraflatacam" target="_blank">Twitter</a> <b class="hugin">|</b> <a class="hugin" href="https://www.linkedin.com/company/upm-raflatac" target="_blank">LinkedIn</a> <b class="hugin">|</b> <a class="hugin" href="https://www.facebook.com/upmraflatac" target="_blank">Facebook</a> <b class="hugin">|</b> <a class="hugin" href="https://www.youtube.com/user/upmraflatac" target="_blank">YouTube</a> <b class="hugin">|</b> <a class="hugin" href="https://www.instagram.com/upmraflatac" target="_blank">Instagram</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 Specialty Papers, 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 19,300 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> <b class="hugin">| </b><a class="hugin" href="https://www.linkedin.com/company/upm-kymmene" target="_blank">LinkedIn</a> <b class="hugin">| </b><a class="hugin" href="https://www.facebook.com/UPMGlobal" target="_blank">Facebook</a><b class="hugin"> | </b><a class="hugin" href="https://www.youtube.com/user/upmdotcom" target="_blank">YouTube</a><b class="hugin"> | </b><a class="hugin" href="https://www.instagram.com/upmbiofore/" target="_blank">Instagram</a><b class="hugin"> | </b><a class="hugin" href="https://www.upmbiofore.com/" target="_blank">upmbiofore.com</a></p> <p class="hugin"><b class="hugin">The Sustainable Packaging Coalition</b><br class="hugin"> The Sustainable Packaging Coalition is a membership-based collaborative led by an independent non-profit that believes in the power of industry to make packaging more sustainable. Using an objective life-cycle-based approach, we work in a constructive atmosphere to provide thought leadership and bring our members together to strengthen and advance the business case for more sustainable packaging. Learn more at sustainablepackaging.org.</p> GP0|#81853a22-b160-4cb3-8242-e79183473299;L0|#081853a22-b160-4cb3-8242-e79183473299|Press release;GTSet|#755a91e0-667c-4344-8c43-ca8420eb841f
Silvestica Green Forest Finland acquires 6,877 ha forestry land from UPM2017-07-05T11:00:00Zhttp://www.upm.com/About-us/Newsroom/Releases/Pages/Silvestica-Green-Forest-Finland-acquires-6,877-ha-forestry-land-from-UPM-001-Wed-05-Jul-2017-14-03.aspxSilvestica Green Forest Finland acquires 6,877 ha forestry land from UPM<p class="hugin">(UPM, Helsinki, 5 July 2017 at 14:00 EET) - UPM has signed a contract to sell forest estates to Silvestica Green Forest Finland Oy. The contract covers 6,877 hectares of forestry land located in Kajaani, Sonkajärvi and Sotkamo in Finland. In addition, the parties have signed a separate long-term wood purchase and forest management agreement. Silvestica Green Forest Finland Oy is committed to certify the estates according to FSC<sup class="hugin" style="vertical-align:text-top;font-size:0.8em;">®</sup> and to join the UPM managed FSC group certificate (FSC C 109750). For the time being the estates are PEFC<sup class="hugin" style="vertical-align:text-top;font-size:0.8em;">TM</sup> certified. The parties have agreed not to disclose the purchase price.</p> <p class="hugin">Silvestica Green Forest Finland Oy is owned by a Swedish company Silvestica Green Forest AB, which is an investment fund for institutional investors founded in spring 2017 by SEB, the leading Nordic financial services group. Silvestica owned companies will invest in forest estates in Sweden, Finland and the Baltic countries. The forests will be managed by CRK Forest Management AB with CEO <b class="hugin">Rickard Lehmann</b> in charge of forest activities and reporting to investors.</p> <p class="hugin">"The forests now acquired are very nice mostly high quality pine forests in their most productive age classes meaning a good value growth," says Rickard Lehmann, Chairman of the board, Silvestica Green Forest Finland Oy. "We also have very good impression of UPMs management and we are confident that we can have a prosperous cooperation in the coming years."</p> <p class="hugin">"This is Silvestica's first investment since we started our business in April 2017", says Lehmann. "We are going to look for new prospects and hopefully be successful with our plans and strategy." </p> <p class="hugin">"We are glad to have Silvestica Green Forest Finland Oy as our customer", says <b class="hugin">Sauli Brander</b>, Senior Vice President, UPM Wood Sourcing and Forestry. "Silvestica Green Forest Finland Oy is an investor, who finds forest as a stable and responsible investment. They also value the long-term wood purchase and forest management agreement with UPM. For them the agreement ensures sustainable forestry practices and a steady income from wood sales."</p> <p class="hugin">UPM has regularly sold its forest assets as part of developing its real estate portfolio. At present, UPM owns approximately 640,000 hectares of forestry land in Finland.</p> <p class="hugin"><b class="hugin">For further information please contact:</b><br class="hugin">Riitta Väisänen, Sales Manager, UPM, Wood Sourcing and Forestry, tel. +358 400 546 690<br class="hugin">Rickard Lehmann, Chairman of the board, Silvestica Green Forest Finland Oy, tel. +46 705 44 81 00</p> <p class="hugin"><b class="hugin">UPM, Media Relations</b><br class="hugin">Mon-Fri from 9:00 to 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 Specialty Papers, 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 19,300 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">Follow UPM on <a class="hugin" href="http://www.twitter.com/UPM_News" 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 highlights societal impacts in its EMAS reporting 2017-06-20T12:00:00Zhttp://www.upm.com/About-us/Newsroom/Releases/Pages/UPM-highlights-societal-impacts-in-its-EMAS-reporting---001-Tue-20-Jun-2017-15-03.aspxUPM highlights societal impacts in its EMAS reporting <p class="hugin">(UPM, Helsinki, 20 June 2017 at 15:00 EET) - UPM has taken the first steps to renew its reporting under The European Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS). Four of the company's mills have this year completed their EMAS Environmental Performance reports with locally relevant information on societal aspects and impacts. The mills are UPM Changshu paper mill in China, UPM Nordland paper mill in Germany, UPM Kaukas paper and pulp mills in Finland and UPM Fray Bentos pulp mill in Uruguay. The company will decide on its future EMAS reporting approach based on the feedback gained from its various internal and external stakeholders and the EMAS organisation.</p> <p class="hugin">"We see ourselves as an integral part of the local communities. Being transparent with the environmental information and the impacts of our operations is very important, but we also want to share the societal aspects and impacts with our stakeholders", says <b class="hugin">Gabriele Wende</b>, Director, Reporting and product stewardship, UPM. </p> <p class="hugin">"UPM has integrated responsibility data in its Annual Report already for the last 10 years. While the Annual Report is a great source of corporate-wide information, the detailed local report gives a new dimension to our local value creation", Wende continues. </p> <p class="hugin">"By EMAS registration an organisation shows both its willingness and capability to commit to environmental responsibility", says <b class="hugin">Merja Saarnilehto</b>, Ministerial Adviser, Finnish Ministry of the Environment. "Combining the environmental data with information about locally relevant societal aspects and impacts gives the local stakeholders even a wider overview of company's obligations and commitments. It also points out concrete measures the company has taken to reach them. In this, UPM leads by a good example", Saarnilehto continues.</p> <p class="hugin">"Transparent reporting is one of the key elements fostering the added value of EMAS for companies, authorities and citizens. The commitment of UPM to transparently report on its environmental performance  for over the last 20 years confirms the company's commitment to conducting an open dialogue with local stakeholders at its EMAS registered sites all over the world," says <b class="hugin">Hugo-Maria Schally,</b> Head of Unit 'Sustainable Production, Products & Consumption' at DG Environment, European Commission.</p> <p class="hugin">"Completing EMAS reporting with societal aspects and impacts is an interesting step to deepen this dialogue. The Commission follows with interest this evolution and its interaction with EMAS reporting", Schally concludes.</p> <p class="hugin">UPM pulp and paper mills registered in EMAS soon after the scheme was established in 1995, and has been persistent with registration since. In 2012 and 2013, UPM extended its Corporate EMAS registration to its mills outside Europe, to UPM Fray Bentos pulp mill in Uruguay and to UPM Changshu paper mill in China. </p> <p class="hugin">The rest of the paper and pulp mill specific EMAS reports and the corporate environmental statement will be published in the near future <a class="hugin" href="http://www.upm.com/Responsibility/fundamentals/Reporting/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">on UPM website</a>. The final registration is complete only when the Corporate EMAS registration 2016 has been approved. </p> <p class="hugin">Read more on UPM's socio-economic impacts at local level in an article on <a class="hugin" href="https://www.upmbiofore.com/upm/social-responsibility-integrated-in-local-environmental-reporting/" target="_blank">upmbiofore.com</a>. </p> <p class="hugin"><b class="hugin">For further information please contact:</b><br class="hugin">Gabriele Wende, UPM, Director, Reporting and product stewardship, tel. +49 175 1500 705.</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">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 Specialty Papers, 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 19,300 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">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