Our Forests

Wood is our most important raw material. Our professionals source the wood from the responsibly and sustainably managed forests respecting its values.

Professionals working in
Finnish forests


over 3000

Number of protected sites
in our Finnish forests


around 39 900

UPM's impact on the
Finnish economy


2,6 billion €

Trees planted yearly in
Finnish forests


over 20 million

Working in the forest

Working in the forest

In Finland we are more than 3,000 forest professionals, including UPM employees as well as contractors and their employees. We work in forests owned by UPM, purchase wood from private forest owners and manage their forests.
Protecting life in forests

Protecting life in forests

​Preserving and enhancing biodiversity is part of our everyday duties. We have conducted an inventory to identify the valuable habitats in UPM forests in Finland, and we leave all identified habitats and newly identified sites untouched.
Nurturing wellbeing

Nurturing wellbeing

According to a study made by the Research Institute of the Finnish Economy (Etla), UPM produces the most added value in Finland, when considering the added value produced by companies themselves and the indirect added value resulting from purchases.
Cherishing carbon sinks

Cherishing carbon sinks

Our operations are based on the versatile use of recyclable and renewable wood biomass, combined with innovation, efficiency and sustainability. Our raw wood materials come from responsibly and sustainably managed forests.

Wood purchase agreements


20 000 per year

Buffer zones


22 000 ha

Our forests are open


24/7

Sales network on


6 continents

Valuing collaboration

Valuing collaboration

We are in continuous dialogue and collaborate with our stakeholders to develop our operations and to enhance vitality of forests.
Considering water bodies

Considering water bodies

Water bodies are valuable habitats, and it is essential to preserve them. The trees clean both surface and groundwater and regulate the runoff.
Enjoying forests

Enjoying forests

Wandering through forests has been proven to be good for our wellbeing. Even a short stay in a forest can reduce stress and make us feel more calm and relaxed.
Endless opportunities from wood

Endless opportunities from wood

Wood is a renewable raw material and can be transformed into a variety of recyclable products, which also retain carbon throughout their lifecycle.

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Biofore.com
24.7.2017

Point of view: Sustainability indicators for nature use must be developed

The urban see them through the window of a plane. The brave dare to wander beyond the asphalt and embrace the age-old truth with all of their senses: Finland is covered in forest. So what does this mean?

Responsibility throughout the entire value chain  

We are committed to forest management and wood sourcing practices based on the principles of sustainable forest management accepted worldwide. The objective is to create long-term profitable business in an ethical and responsible manner, taking into account economic, human and social, and environmental aspects. 

Knowing the origin of the wood used is a prerequisite for responsible wood sourcing. Using our own tracing systems and certified chain-of-custody management systems we make it possible to guarantee that the origin of wood is always known, all raw materials come from legal and sustainable sources and the quantities of certified wood can be documented. In 2016, 84% of all wood and wood fibre used in UPM's production units came from certified forests.

Management categoryUPM rules​*)Controlled wood/Chain of Custody​Forest certification​UPM  Biodiversity Programme
​UPM owned forests​100%​100% PEFCTM and/or FSC®  (FSC C 109750) ​100% PEFC and/or FSC​100%
​UPM managed forests as an asset management service100%​100%​92% PEFC and/or FSC​Promoted
​UPM wood sourcing area100%​100%​Majority under PEFC and/or FSC​Promoted

 ​ ​ ​*) ​ ​UPM rules can be downloaded here.

 

*)   Learn more about the principles of Wood Sourcing and Forestry, and our commitment to these principles

Make a virtual forest walk and see how we operate in www.upmforestlife.com

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More with less

Our target is to reduce the environmental footprint of our operations and products throughout the value chain; from raw material sourcing, production, delivery and distribution to product use, recycling and reuse of the products.  Our goal is to get more with less in all our operations. To achieve this target, we have introduced a variety of measures, and the first results are promising. Read more

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  International recognitions

YK Global Compact LEAD

UN invites UPM to join a group of world's top 50 sustainability leaders

UPM retains the industry leader position in the Dow Jones Sustainability Europe Index for the fifth time in a row

UPM retains the industry leader position in the Dow Jones Sustainability Europe Index for the fifth time in a row

UPM receives recognition for its efforts of deforestation-free supply chains

UPM receives recognition for its efforts of deforestation-free supply chains