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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
UPM celebrates its 20th anniversary on EU's EMAS registration 2015-11-16T11:15:00Zhttp://www.upm.com/About-us/Newsroom/Releases/Pages/UPM-celebrates-its-20th-anniversary-on-EU's-EMAS-registration--001-Mon-16-Nov-2015-13-18.aspxUPM celebrates its 20th anniversary on EU's EMAS registration <p class="hugin">(UPM, Helsinki, 16 November 2015, at 13:15 EET) - The European Eco-Management and Audit Scheme EMAS celebrated its 20<sup class="hugin" style="font-size:0.8em;vertical-align:text-top;">th </sup>anniversary on 13<sup class="hugin" style="font-size:0.8em;vertical-align:text-top;">th</sup> November by organising a high level conference at the European Central Bank in Frankfurt. The conference highlighted the best practice approaches to environmental management and the experiences of leading EMAS organisations.</p> <p class="hugin">UPM is among the companies who have been registering under the EMAS since it was established.</p> <p class="hugin">"UPM pulp and paper mills started with EMAS registration soon after the scheme was established, and has been persistent with registration ever since. In 2012 and 2013 UPM extended its EMAS registration to its mills outside Europe, i.e. to UPM Fray Bentos pulp mill in Uruguay and UPM Changshu paper mill in China. On global scale, there are only two companies who have registered their mills outside Europe in the EMAS," says <b class="hugin">Sami Lundgren</b>, Director, Ecolabels and Reporting in Frankfurt.</p><p class="hugin"><img alt="EMAS20vforrelease.jpg" src="/About-us/Newsroom/Releases/PublishingImages/Pages/UPM-celebrates-its-20th-anniversary-on-EU%27s-EMAS-registration--001-Mon-16-Nov-2015-13-18/EMAS20vforrelease.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /> </p> <p class="hugin">"EMAS has helped thousands of organisations since its inception in 1995. Users have become more resource-efficient, consumed energy more wisely, saved on costs and reduced their environmental impacts at the same time. Its environmental reporting requirement has meant registered organisations are among the most transparent in the world, as regards to environmental data," says <b class="hugin">Karmenu Vella</b>, European Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries.  </p> <p class="hugin">"UPM is very committed to improve its environmental performance and to disclose openly information on its impacts on environment, society and economy," says <b class="hugin">Ulla-Riitta Unkuri,</b> Vice President, Stakeholder Relations, UPM Paper ENA. </p> <p class="hugin">"Transparency and openness towards stakeholders are an essential part of UPM's corporate responsibility worldwide. The global EMAS registration and the third-party verified reporting promote continuous improvement in all of our operations," Unkuri says. </p> <p class="hugin">In addition to corporate EMAS statement and the paper and pulp mill specific supplements, UPM provides comprehensive environmental data assured by third parties on corporate, mill and on a single product's level. Ecolabelled products, product declarations and certified operations are the proof for UPM's responsibility and transparency. </p> <p class="hugin"><b class="hugin">For further information, please contact:</b><br class="hugin">Sami Lundgren, Director, Ecolabels and Reporting, tel. <span class="baec5a81-e4d6-4674-97f3-e9220f0136c1" style="white-space:nowrap;">+358 40 5800 910<a title="Call: +358 40 5800 910" href="#" style="margin:0px;border:currentcolor;left:0px;top:0px;width:16px;height:16px;right:0px;bottom:0px;overflow:hidden;vertical-align:middle;float:none;display:inline;white-space:nowrap;position:static !important;"><img title="Call: +358 40 5800 910" alt="" style="margin:0px;border:currentcolor;left:0px;top:0px;width:16px;height:16px;right:0px;bottom:0px;overflow:hidden;vertical-align:middle;float:none;display:inline;white-space:nowrap;position:static !important;" /></a></span><br class="hugin"><a class="hugin" href="http://www.upm.com/responsibility/fundamentals/reporting/emas/pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">http://www.upm.com/responsibility/fundamentals/reporting/emas/pages/default.aspx</a> </p> <p class="hugin"><b class="hugin">UPM, Media Relations </b><br class="hugin">9.00-16.00 EET<br class="hugin">tel. <span class="baec5a81-e4d6-4674-97f3-e9220f0136c1" style="white-space:nowrap;">+358 40 588 3284<a title="Call: +358 40 588 3284" href="#" style="margin:0px;border:currentcolor;left:0px;top:0px;width:16px;height:16px;right:0px;bottom:0px;overflow:hidden;vertical-align:middle;float:none;display:inline;white-space:nowrap;position:static !important;"><img title="Call: +358 40 588 3284" alt="" style="margin:0px;border:currentcolor;left:0px;top:0px;width:16px;height:16px;right:0px;bottom:0px;overflow:hidden;vertical-align:middle;float:none;display:inline;white-space:nowrap;position:static !important;" /></a></span> <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
UPM showcases its biodiversity initiatives in CBD Business and Biodiversity Forum 2015-11-11T09:00:00Zhttp://www.upm.com/About-us/Newsroom/Releases/Pages/UPM-showcases-its-biodiversity-initiatives-in-CBD-Business-and-Biodiversity-Foru-001-Wed-11-Nov-2015-11-03.aspxUPM showcases its biodiversity initiatives in CBD Business and Biodiversity Forum <p class="hugin">(UPM, Helsinki, 11 November 2015, at 11:00 EET) - UPM participates in the CBD Business and Biodiversity Forum 2015 on 11 - 12 November in Helsinki. UPM has been invited as a key note speaker together with the Finnish Ministry of Environment and Finland's leading corporate responsibility network FIBS, who both are organising the event in co-operation with the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). </p> <p class="hugin">"Wood from sustainably managed forests forms the basis for everything we do at UPM, and biodiversity has been one key element in UPM's forestry and wood sourcing strategy already for more than 20 years. Today we can see the long term value of this work as tangible competitive advantage," says <b class="hugin">Pirkko Harrela</b>, Executive Vice President, Stakeholder Relations and a key note speaker from UPM. </p> <p class="hugin">"Forest industry has a key role in enhancing bioeconomy in Finland. It's great that maintaining biodiversity plays so important role also in UPM's strategy. I hope that UPM's example encourages also other companies to include ecosystem services in their environmental responsibility themes and to see the opportunities of new nature based solutions in their business strategies", says <b class="hugin">Timo Tanninen</b>, Director General, Ministry of the Environment.</p> <p class="hugin"><img alt="" class="hugin" height="122" id="Picture 2" src="https://hugin.info/165629/I/1966064/94127.jpg" width="218" /></p> <p class="hugin"><b class="hugin">Timo Lehesvirta</b>, who is responsible for sustainability of UPM's forest operations and the other key note speaker in the forum underlines that the biodiversity targets are very closely integrated into UPM's research and forestry operations. </p> <p class="hugin">"We have also enhanced a new working culture by co-operating actively in various species and habitat projects with our stakeholders. The better we know the nature, the better we can take care of it. Also the opportunities to succeed in the new, developing bioeconomy will be much improved.", Lehesvirta continues. </p> <p class="hugin"><a class="hugin" href="http://www.ym.fi/BBDF2015" target="_blank">The CBD Business and Biodiversity Forum</a> is part of the UN's Convention on Biological Diversity initiative. The President of the Republic of Finland <b class="hugin">Sauli Niinistö</b> is the patron of the CBD Business & Biodiversity Forum 2015..</p> <p class="hugin"><b class="hugin">For more information, please contact</b> <br class="hugin">Pirkko Harrela, EVP, Stakeholder Relations, UPM, tel. +358 2041 50588 or Timo Lehesvirta, Director, Forest, Global, UPM, tel. +358 400 752 212</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"><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 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

​Responsibility highlights in figures

Lost time accident frequency


- 18%

Production waste reused or recycled


90%

Share of certified wood and fibre


83%

Share of ecolabelled sales


76%

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.