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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 2016-2017


Industry leader in Europe


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.

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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.

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Responsible Fibre™ by UPM guarantees that the product meets the industry’s most demanding environmental and social responsibility criteria verified by a third party.

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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
UPM and FSC® announce a global strategic partnership2017-05-17T06:00:00Zhttp://www.upm.com/About-us/Newsroom/Releases/Pages/UPM-and-FSC®-announce-a-global-strategic-partnership-001-Wed-17-May-2017-09-03.aspxUPM and FSC® announce a global strategic partnership<p class="hugin">(UPM, Helsinki, 17 May 2017 at 09:00 EET) - UPM and the Forest Stewardship Council<sup class="hugin" style="vertical-align:text-top;font-size:0.8em;">®</sup> (FSC) announce a global strategic partnership to develop solutions for advancing the uptake of FSC in the market. UPM and FSC signed the partnership agreement on the 16th of May 2017 during the FSC international members meeting in Karkkila, Finland. The partnership aims at delivering benefits to forest owners through FSC certification and to increase the FSC-certified wood supply.</p> <p class="hugin">UPM has actively cooperated with FSC both on international and national level for several years. The company has been involved in developing the FSC certification in order to enhance its applicability to the fragmented private forest ownership in Finland. This work will be strengthened through the newly agreed partnership.</p> <p class="hugin">"We are delighted to formalize our collaboration with UPM. It is vitally important that FSC has a strong relationship with sustainability leaders of the paper and forest products industry to expand the FSC footprint globally. We agree on the importance of FSC for all parties in the value chain from forest owners to consumers. UPM and FSC also share a common understanding of the importance of responsible forestry and the sustainable use of wood in the bioeconomy", says <b class="hugin">Kim Carstensen</b>, Director General, Forest Stewardship Council.</p> <p class="hugin">"UPM's customers take a growing interest in the company's environmental performance and the sustainability of its operations. Third-party verified certificates give them useful information about the responsibility of UPM products", says <b class="hugin">Heikki Vappula</b>, EVP, UPM Biorefining.</p> <p class="hugin">"The global partnership is a natural continuation to UPM Biofore strategy and to our valuable cooperation with FSC. FSC certification is an excellent tool for promoting responsible forestry. Our joint target is to extend the use of the FSC system in general as well as to develop UPM forest management and solutions for group certification to expand in the Finnish private smallholder structure", Vappula continues.</p> <p class="hugin">To promote the certification of privately owned forests in Finland, UPM established an FSC group certification scheme in 2012. In 2016, the scheme (FSC C 109750) grew to cover about 300,000 hectares of private forest. </p> <p class="hugin"><b class="hugin">For more information, please contact:</b><br class="hugin">Sauli Brander, UPM, SVP, Wood Sourcing and Forestry, tel. +358 40 567 4155<br class="hugin">Alex Dunn, FSC, Media Manager, <a class="hugin" href="mailto:a.dunn@fsc.org" target="_blank">a.dunn@fsc.org</a>, tel. +49 228 367 6688</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="/" target="_blank">www.upm.com</a></p> <p class="hugin">Follow UPM: <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://www.upmbiofore.com" target="_blank">upmbiofore.com</a></p> <p class="hugin"><b class="hugin">FSC</b> <br class="hugin">FSC works to take care of our forests and those who rely on them by protecting plant and animal species, Indigenous Peoples rights, forest workers' safety, and much more. This is achieved through FSC certification, ensuring forests around the world are responsibly managed. FSC was established in 1994, and currently, over 190 million hectares of forest are FSC certified, in over 80 countries worldwide. FSC's global headquarters are in Bonn, Germany, with a network of national offices in over 30 countries.</p> <p class="hugin">Follow FSC: <a class="hugin" href="https://twitter.com/FSC_IC" target="_blank">Twitter</a> | <a class="hugin" href="https://www.linkedin.com/company-beta/424491/" target="_blank">LinkedIn</a> | <a class="hugin" href="https://www.facebook.com/fsc.ic/" target="_blank">Facebook</a> | <a class="hugin" href="https://www.youtube.com/user/FSCInternational" target="_blank">YouTube</a> |<a class="hugin" href="https://www.instagram.com/fsc_international/" target="_blank"> Instagram</a> | <a class="hugin" href="https://ic.fsc.org/" target="_blank">ic.fsc.org</a>  </p> GP0|#81853a22-b160-4cb3-8242-e79183473299;L0|#081853a22-b160-4cb3-8242-e79183473299|Press release;GTSet|#755a91e0-667c-4344-8c43-ca8420eb841f
UPM's Zero Solid Waste to Landfill initiative wins the Midwest Regional Sustainability Award in the US2017-04-21T12:00:00Zhttp://www.upm.com/About-us/Newsroom/Releases/Pages/UPM's-Zero-Solid-Waste-to-Landfill-initiative-wins-the-Midwest-Regional-Sustaina-001-Fri-21-Apr-2017-15-03.aspxUPM's Zero Solid Waste to Landfill initiative wins the Midwest Regional Sustainability Award in the US<p class="hugin">(UPM, Helsinki, 21 April 2017 at 15:00 EET) - UPM's Zero Solid Waste to Landfill initiative received the Gold Award in the Midwest Region Sustainability competition challenged by the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) Chicago. According to the panel of judges, UPM's initiative stands out as an excellent example highlighting Supply Managers' responsibility to lead, drive and influence sustainability initiatives within an organization. </p> <p class="hugin" style="clear:both;"><img align="left" alt="" class="hugin" height="381" hspace="12" src="https://hugin.info/165629/I/2097690/116945.jpg" width="183" />UPM's Zero Solid Waste to Landfill initiative, launched in 2016<b class="hugin">,</b> is one of the ways in which UPM contributes to the United Nations sustainable development goals for the year 2030. The initiative focuses on five of the most challenging production side streams to recycle, starting in UPM's home country, Finland. The waste fractions are ash, sludge, sandy bark, dregs and mixed waste. The project's main goal is creating a permanent and scalable operational model around the existing forms of recycling and reuse of these challenging side streams, but it also looks into finding completely new, innovative ways to recycle and reuse the solid waste that has previously ended up in landfills. At UPM approximately 90 per cent of production waste is already today recycled or reused. Before initiating this project, UPM already had zero solid waste to landfill operations at its mills in Austria and Germany.</p> <p class="hugin">"UPM achieved both waste and cost savings from their Zero Solid Waste to Landfill efforts, showing how significant progress can be made to simultaneously reduce cost and support sustainable initiatives," says <b class="hugin">Scott Daniels</b>, ISM Chicago Sustainability Chair.</p> <p class="hugin">"We are very impressed that our initiative was so highly recognized," says <b class="hugin">Jennifer Wilkerson,</b> Director, Business Development and Marketing, UPM Paper ENA (Europe and North America). "The excellent results so far in the Zero Solid Waste to Landfill Initiative is, of course, a result of active networking both internally and with external partners," Jennifer tells.</p> <p class="hugin">UPM's comprehensive side stream based product portfolio includes already, for example<br class="hugin">- Renewable diesel and naphtha from tall oil, a residue from company's pulp production<br class="hugin">- Biocomposites from recycled paper and plastic which is manufacturing surplus from company's self-adhesive label materials production<br class="hugin">- Recycled nutrients from side stream ash and sludge<br class="hugin">- Soil stabilisation products out of dregs and ash <br class="hugin">- Geopolymers and concrete binders from dregs and ash<br class="hugin">- Forest fertilisers and alkaline replacements out of ash from biomass incineration<br class="hugin">- Biogas out of primary and bio sludge<br class="hugin">- Wood waste side streams to composting and substrates</p> <p class="hugin">A million tonnes of UPM paper is used in the United States annually. UPM has a paper mill in Minnesota and 700 000 tonnes of UPM paper is delivered every year from Europe.</p> <p class="hugin"><b class="hugin">For further information please contact:</b><br class="hugin">Pekka Ståhlberg, Director, Business Support, UPM Biorefining, tel. +358 50 366 3434<br class="hugin">Jennifer Wilkerson, Director, Business Development and Marketing, UPM Paper ENA, tel. +1 630 947 3019</p> <p class="hugin">To read more about UPM's responsibility approach, please visit www.upm.com > <a class="hugin" href="http://www.upm.com/Responsibility/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">Responsibility</a>. Also, see a series of articles about the project on upmbiofore.com: <a class="hugin" href="https://www.upmbiofore.com/upm/the-best-way-of-disposing-mixed-waste-is-minimising-its-production/" target="_blank">https://www.upmbiofore.com/upm/the-best-way-of-disposing-mixed-waste-is-minimising-its-production/</a> </p> <p class="hugin"><b class="hugin">UPM Paper ENA</b><br class="hugin">UPM Paper ENA (Europe and North America) is the world's leading producer of graphic papers, offering an extensive product range for advertising and publishing as well as home and office uses. The high performing papers and service concepts of UPM add value to our customers' businesses, while actively fulfilling demanding environmental and social responsibility criteria. With headquarters in Germany, UPM Paper ENA employs approximately 8,000 people. To learn more about UPM Paper ENA visit: <a class="hugin" href="http://www.upmpaper.com" target="_blank">www.upmpaper.com</a></p> <p class="hugin">Follow UPM Paper ENA  on <a class="hugin" href="https://www.twitter.com/UPM_Papers" target="_blank">Twitter</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://www.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.fi/" 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