The Uruguayan UPM Foundation supports and encourages training, entrepreneurship, employment, healthy living and entertainment in local communities in the Uruguayan countryside. Our specific focus is on improving education (particularly the technical education) level of the communities. The projects include a teacher training programme in Fray Bentos, basic professional training in mechatronics in Fray Bentos, professional training for drivers and strengthening the organic food production in the Arevalo community.
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Children’s after school sports clubs aim to provide as many children as possible the opportunity to participate in a after school sports club or other recreational afternoon activities. UPM's support is targeted to local operations such as trainers’ fees, equipment and facility costs particularly in UPM’s largest production locations in Lappeenranta, Kouvola and Rauma in Finland. The project is coordinated by the Finnish Olympic Committee.
UPM Raflatac has joined forces with WWF South Africa to support conservation work within the South African wine industry. The main aim of the project partnership is to promote sustainability in the wine industry supply chain with the overall outcome of supporting responsible environmental production and long-term conservation of the unique Cape Floral Kingdom.
UPM co-operates with expert networks locally and internationally. We are carrying out dozens of local projects with BirdLife, especially in regions where UPM is operating as a landowner or procuring wood.
As an example, UPM supports the SOS Kinderdorf (Children’s Villages) in Augsburg, Germany and with Icehearts children’s organisation in Tampere, Finland as well as numerous local sports clubs such as Valkeakosken Haka, Pietarsaaren Jaro and Rauman Lukko in Finland. In Uruguay, UPM continues to work with WWF in the New Generation Plantations Project to promote new plantation practices.