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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="http://www.upm.com" 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
UPM supports children's opportunities to participate in after school sports clubs in Finland2017-03-15T09:00:00Zhttp://www.upm.com/About-us/Newsroom/Releases/Pages/UPM-supports-children's-opportunities-to-participate-in-after-school-sports-club-001-Wed-15-Mar-2017-11-03.aspxUPM supports children's opportunities to participate in after school sports clubs in Finland<p class="hugin">(UPM, Helsinki, 15 March 2017 at 11:00 EET) - UPM will become the supporter of children's after school sports clubs in Finland. The project aims to provide as many children as possible the opportunity to participate in an 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. The project is coordinated by the Finnish Olympic Committee.</p> <p class="hugin">Finland is making a lot of commendable work around children's after school sports clubs. Although the number of clubs has increased, still two thirds of the primary school pupils are excluded from recreational after school activities in connection with the school day.</p> <p class="hugin">"We want to be involved in partnerships, which have a major impact on the well-being of families and the vitality of communities. Increasing physical exercise has many benefits and studies have shown that, for example, it promotes learning. We also appreciate the fact that the childrens' after school sports clubs help families' everyday management," says <b class="hugin">Pirkko Harrela</b>, Executive Vice President, Stakeholder Relations of UPM.</p> <p class="hugin">The goal of the project is to ensure that every child could have a hobby in connection with the school day. The project supports existing activities and will also create opportunities to introduce new after school sports clubs.</p> <p class="hugin">"The project is a common effort of communities, sports clubs, schools and businesses so that all children and the young find themselves a hobby they love. With the partners' versatile co-operation, the target is possible to reach and broaden the offering of hobbies across the country," says <b class="hugin">Pekka Nikulainen</b>, Sports Clubs, Director of Finnish Olympic Committee. </p> <p class="hugin">UPM's societal engagement activities are closely connected to company's Biofore strategy and responsibility targets. UPM focuses on projects that are relevant to both UPM's business and responsibility goals. The focus areas of UPM's Biofore Share and Care programme are: Reading and Learning, Engaging with communities, Responsible water use and Boosting bioinnovations. </p> <p class="hugin">Read more on Biofore Share and Care programme on UPM <a class="hugin" href="/Responsibility/people-society/sponsorships-donations/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">website</a>.</p> <p class="hugin"><b class="hugin">For more information, please contact:</b><br class="hugin">Pirkko Harrela, Executive Vice President, Stakeholder Relations, UPM, <a class="hugin" href="mailto:pirkko.harrela@upm.com" target="_blank">pirkko.harrela@upm.com</a>, <br class="hugin">tel. +358 2041 50588<br class="hugin">Pekka Nikulainen, Sports Clubs, Director, Finnish Olympic Committee, <a class="hugin" href="mailto:pekka.nikulainen@olympiakomitea.fi" target="_blank">pekka.nikulainen@olympiakomitea.fi</a>, tel. +358 400 387 326</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="/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">www.upm.com</a></p> <p class="hugin"><u class="hugin">Follow UPM on</u> <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 BioVerno and GrowDex® chosen among 25 unique example cases of Nordic bioeconomy2017-01-19T09:00:00Zhttp://www.upm.com/About-us/Newsroom/Releases/Pages/UPM-BioVerno-and-GrowDex®-chosen-among-25-unique-example-cases-of-Nordic-bioecon-007-Sat-21-Jan-2017-11-27.aspxUPM BioVerno and GrowDex® chosen among 25 unique example cases of Nordic bioeconomy<p class="hugin">(UPM, 19 January 2017 at 11:00 EET) - The Nordic Bioeconomy Panel under The Nordic Council of Ministers has chosen UPM BioVerno and GrowDex® in the <i class="hugin">Nordic bioeconomy - 25 cases for sustainable change</i> catalogue. UPM BioVerno is a renewable diesel made of crude tall oil, a wood residue from pulp production. GrowDex® is a wood-based nanocellulose hydrogel developed for the needs of the pharmaceutical industry. </p> <p class="hugin" style="clear:both;"><img width="400" height="300" class="hugin" id="Picture 2" src="https://hugin.info/165629/I/2072250/113962.jpg" alt="" /> </p> <p class="hugin">"The Nordic countries are strongly placed to be global leaders in the production and utilisation of bio-resources that will enhance both competitiveness and sustainability. To continuously develop and improve this position we need inspiration and sharing of knowledge and best practices," says <b class="hugin">Hörður G. Kristinsson</b>, chair of the Nordic Bioeconomy Panel.<br class="hugin"> "The selected 25 cases in the catalogue seek to illustrate the diverse bioeconomy activities in the Nordic countries. UPM is the only company having two cases in the catalogue. Both cases are classified under the Replace category, listing case examples of products where fossil-based materials have been replaced by bio-based materials," Hörður G. Kristinsson continues.</p> <p class="hugin">"Versatile use of recyclable and renewable wood biomass, combined with innovation, efficiency and responsibility is in the core of UPM's Biofore strategy," says <b class="hugin">Sami Lundgren</b>, Vice President, Environment and Responsibility. "Having two of our innovative products in this esteemed catalogue is a great recognition for us and for our strategy," Sami Lundgren continues. </p> <p class="hugin">In addition to the innovative and sustainable values, both products also have great growth potential. </p> <p class="hugin">Demand for sustainable waste and residue-based biofuels is growing fast. Wood-based UPM BioVerno reduces greenhouse gas emissions by up to 80% which corresponds to 250.000 tons less CO2 emissions annually or 80.000 cars removed from European roads. </p> <p class="hugin" style="clear:both;"><img width="400" height="300" class="hugin" id="Picture 1" src="https://hugin.info/165629/I/2072250/113963.jpg" alt="" /> </p> <p class="hugin">GrowDex® is suitable for various cell culture purposes, especially for 3D cell culturing. 3D cell cultures can be used to replace animal testing and enable the development of cell-based drugs, tests and discovery of models that can be used in the future to better treat serious diseases. </p> <p class="hugin"><b class="hugin">For further information please contact:<br class="hugin"> </b>Sari Mannonen, Vice President, UPM Biofuels, tel. +358 45 265 1345<br class="hugin">Pia Nilsson, Senior Manager, Business Development, UPM Biochemicals, tel. +358 40 558 7829<br class="hugin">or go to <a class="hugin" href="http://www.norden.org/da/tema/nordic-bioeconomy/" target="_blank">http://www.norden.org/da/tema/nordic-bioeconomy/</a>. </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 19,600 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/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">www.upm.com</a></p> <p class="hugin"><u class="hugin">Follow UPM on</u> <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><br class="hugin"><b class="hugin"><br class="hugin"> About The Nordic Bioeconomy Panel<br class="hugin"> </b>The Nordic Bioeconomy Panel is one of the main initiaves under The Nordic Council of Ministers that promotes bioeconomy. The Panel is a formal policy and strategy forum set up by the Ministers for Co-operation. The main task of the Panel is to draw up proposals for a joint Nordic Bioeconomy Strategy, describing the opportunities to promote sustainable Nordic bioeconomies and their operations. </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


- 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


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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.

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DEC 5 2016

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

UPM is one of the eight companies that have been recognised by the CDP Forest Program with a global leadership position in the 2016 Forest A List for timber and timber based products. The A List features companies that are on a path to sustainably source or produce timber commodities.


Biofore Share and Care

UPM’s Biofore Share and Care programme reflects our commitment to building a sustainable, innovation-driven future by sharing our expertise and assets for causes we care about.