UPM provides comprehensive responsibility information that has been assured by third parties from corporate level to the mills and individual products. Ecolabelled products, product declarations and certified operations are used to inform the company’s stakeholders about sustainability, transparency and risk management.
UPM has certified all of its European pulp and paper mills in accordance with the voluntary EU Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) since the scheme was established twenty years ago. EMAS, a voluntary environmental management system for companies and other organisations to improve, evaluate and report on their environmental performance on an annual basis, promotes legal compliance and mitigation of environmental impact on the local area.
UPM provides detailed information on the environmental performance of a number of its products via environmental product declarations.
A carbon footprint is a method used to measure and communicate the total amount of greenhouse gases emitted both directly and indirectly in the production and delivery of goods and services. Raw materials, energy consumed and transportation are the main elements used to calculate the carbon footprint of a product.
UPM provides detailed carbon footprint information about its pulp, paper, timber and plywood products. As for pulp and paper, the information is provided together with the Paper Profiles and the Pulp product declarations.
UPM and the Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE) have been developing a method for assessing ecosystem services derived alongside the production of wood-based products.
Thanks to comprehensive reporting, the environmental load and impacts of forest industry are today well known. At early times the data was probably not reported voluntarily, but more like because of the pressure coming from external stakeholders. But whatever was the original reason, this has led to an open and transparent reporting culture.