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UPM retains the industry leader position in the Dow Jones Sustainability Europe Index for the fifth time in a row2016-09-08T06:00:00Zhttp://www.upm.com/About-us/Newsroom/Releases/Pages/UPM-retains-the-industry-leader-position-in-the-Dow-Jones-Sustainability-Europe--001-Thu-08-Sep-2016-09-03.aspxUPM retains the industry leader position in the Dow Jones Sustainability Europe Index for the fifth time in a row<p class="hugin">(UPM, Helsinki, 8 September 2016 at 09.00 EET)  - UPM has been listed as the forest and paper industry leader in the Dow Jones Sustainability Europe Index (DJSI) for 2016-2017. </p> <p class="hugin"><img width="346" height="118" class="hugin" src="https://hugin.info/165629/I/2040678/109048.jpg" alt="" /> </p> <p class="hugin">"We believe that customers, investors and other stakeholders value our responsible operations that keep risks under control and create business opportunities. Innovations such as lighter publication paper grades, renewable diesel or biochemicals e.g. for medical end-uses create benefits to our stakeholders and the society, and thereby increase the company value. Being listed as the top company in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index in Europe shows that we have been succeeding in our actions and engagement and that the results are also noted outside", says <b class="hugin">Pirkko Harrela</b>, Executive Vice President, Stakeholder Relations. </p> <p class="hugin">The annual Corporate Sustainability Assessment is conducted by an investment specialist RobecoSAM, and is based on a rigorous analysis of economic, environmental and social performance of the world's leading companies, assessing issues covering climate change strategies, supply chain standards, labour practices, corporate governance and risk management. The DJSI follows a best-in-class approach, recognising companies across all industries that outperform their peers in sustainability metrics. <br class="hugin"><b class="hugin">For further information please contact:</b><br class="hugin">Sami Lundgren, Vice President, UPM, Environment and Responsibility, tel. +358 40 580 0910</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">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 ENA (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 - www.upm.com</p> <p class="hugin">Follow UPM on <a class="hugin" href="https://twitter.com/UPM_News" target="_blank">Twitter</a> <b class="hugin">|</b> <a class="hugin" href="https://www.linkedin.com/company/upm-kymmene" target="_blank">LinkedIn</a> <b class="hugin">|</b> <a class="hugin" href="https://www.facebook.com/UPMGlobal" target="_blank">Facebook</a> <b class="hugin">|</b> <a class="hugin" href="https://www.youtube.com/user/upmdotcom" target="_blank">YouTube</a> <b class="hugin">|</b> <a class="hugin" href="https://www.instagram.com/upmbiofore/" target="_blank">Instagram</a> <b class="hugin">|</b> <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
Students need fluent reading skills - The Finnish Reading Centre will organise 100 literacy workshops to students of technical studies with UPM's support2016-06-15T07:00:00Zhttp://www.upm.com/About-us/Newsroom/Releases/Pages/Students-need-fluent-reading-skills---The-Finnish-Reading-Centre-will-organise-1-001-Wed-15-Jun-2016-10-03.aspxStudents need fluent reading skills - The Finnish Reading Centre will organise 100 literacy workshops to students of technical studies with UPM's support<p class="hugin">(UPM, Helsinki, 15 June 2016 at 10:00 EET) - Fluent reading skills are required in all professions. The target of "Sanat haltuun" (Words matter) project, supported by UPM and organised by the Finnish Reading Centre, is to inspire students of technical vocational schools to read and improve their reading skills. In addition, UPM together with the Reading Centre want to develop operating models to improve students' reading skills in the future. The aim is also to stimulate discussion and raise awareness on the reading skills of young students in vocational schools.</p> <p class="hugin">The Finnish Reading Centre will organise 100 functional literacy workshops to students of technical vocational schools all around Finland. In addition to the Reading Centre, Finnish language teachers of vocational schools, authors and researchers will participate in the planning of the workshops. The project of one year and a half will begin in the autumn of 2016.</p> <p class="hugin">"Sanat haltuun" project is part of UPM's "Biofore Share and Care" programme. The programme focuses on projects that are relevant to both UPM's business and responsibility goals. The focus areas are: Reading & Learning, Engaging with communities, Responsible water use and Boosting bioinnovations.</p> <p class="hugin">Read more on the project at <a class="hugin" href="https://www.upmbiofore.com/the-finnish-reading-centre-will-organise-100-literacy-workshops-to-students-of-technical-studies-with-upms-support/" target="_blank">www.upmbiofore.com</a></p> <p class="hugin"><b class="hugin">For further information please contact:</b><br class="hugin">Pirkko Harrela, Executive Vice President, Stakeholder Relations, UPM, tel. +358 40 5078764<br class="hugin">Ilmi Villacís, Executive Director, Finnish Reading Centre, tel. +358 40 8305936</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"><b class="hugin">Finnish Reading Centre </b><br class="hugin">The Finnish Reading Centre promotes reading and literacy and produces materials, information, services and expertise for schools in particular, but also for libraries, the general public, media and policy makers. The target is to improve literacy of children and young people all over Finland. Every year, the Centre organizes over 1,200 author visits, of which 80% are in schools all over Finland. The Finnish Reading Centre consists of ten member literary societies in Finland. The Centre is funded by the government (Ministry of Education and Culture), together with several Finnish charitable foundations. <a class="hugin" href="http://www.lukukeskus.fi" target="_blank">www.lukukeskus.fi</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 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="/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">www.upm.com</a></p> <p class="hugin">Follow UPM on <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's support of the "Local waters" school project enables the project to expand nationwide2016-04-28T07:30:00Zhttp://www.upm.com/About-us/Newsroom/Releases/Pages/UPM's-support-of-the-Local-waters-school-project-enables-the-project-to-expand-n-001-Thu-28-Apr-2016-10-33.aspxUPM's support of the "Local waters" school project enables the project to expand nationwide<p class="hugin">(UPM, Helsinki, 28 April 2016 at 10:30 EET) - UPM supports a school project called "Local waters". Originally launched in schools in the city of Rauma, the project will expand to other UPM mill locations in Finland in 2016. The project aims to improve grammar and encourage secondary school students to become more interested in natural sciences-particularly natural science related to water-by exploring the natural waters in the vicinity of the schools. In addition to UPM, the Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE), Raumanmeri Rotary Club and the organisation puhdasmerivesi.fi are also involved in the project.</p> <p class="hugin">Schools involved in the project will receive equipment needed for water studies. Pupils will solve water-related tasks using information from various school subjects, and the findings are transmitted digitally to teachers via smartphones.</p> <p class="hugin">The project is aimed at 5th and 7th graders. UPM will expand the project to other locations in Finland this year, particularly to Jämsä, Kuusankoski (Kouvola), Pietarsaari, Valkeakoski and Lappeenranta where UPM's mills are located.</p> <p class="hugin">"Water is one of the most important natural resources and an important raw material for UPM. The "Local waters" project combines UPM's sponsorship focus areas - learning and responsible water use - and we are very pleased to participate in a project that provides young pupils with an opportunity to learn about water and its importance to environmental wellbeing", says <b class="hugin">Päivi Salpakivi-Salomaa</b>, Vice President, Environment and Responsibility of UPM.</p> <p class="hugin">The experiences from the project in Rauma have been good. The project is part of the new curriculum from the Finnish National Board of Education in which environmental education and sustainable development are included in a number of different subjects. </p> <p class="hugin">"The school children here in Rauma have been excited to participate in the project. Good experiences and positive feedback have encouraged us to expand the project into other regions in Finland. UPM's involvement now makes this possible", says <b class="hugin">Raimo Vahanto</b> from Raumanmeri Rotary Club.</p> <p class="hugin">The data collected by the pupils is compiled in nationwide registers managed by the Finnish Environment Institute. </p> <p class="hugin">"With this project, we get plenty of new material about the state of waterways that we can utilise at a national level. In addition, we are very glad that this project has been successful in making children more interested in the status of water bodies", says <b class="hugin">Juhani Kettunen</b>, Programme Director from the Finnish Environment Institute.</p> <p class="hugin"><b class="hugin">For more information please contact:</b><br class="hugin">Päivi Salpakivi-Salomaa, Vice President, Environment and Responsibility, UPM, tel. <span class="baec5a81-e4d6-4674-97f3-e9220f0136c1" style="white-space:nowrap;">+358 400 754748<a title="Call: +358 400 754748" 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: +358 400 754748" 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">Juhani Kettunen, Programme Director, Finnish Environment Institute SYKE, tel. <span class="baec5a81-e4d6-4674-97f3-e9220f0136c1" style="white-space:nowrap;">+358 2 95251277<a title="Call: +358 2 95251277" 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 2 95251277" 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">Raimo Vahanto, organisation puhdasmeri.fi, tel. <span class="baec5a81-e4d6-4674-97f3-e9220f0136c1" style="white-space:nowrap;">+358 40 5330196<a title="Call: +358 40 5330196" 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 5330196" 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>  </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"><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 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="/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">www.upm.com</a></p> <p class="hugin">Follow UPM on <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></p> GP0|#81853a22-b160-4cb3-8242-e79183473299;L0|#081853a22-b160-4cb3-8242-e79183473299|Press release;GTSet|#755a91e0-667c-4344-8c43-ca8420eb841f
UPM joins WWF Earth Hour: concrete actions and long term responsibility targets 2016-03-18T09:00:00Zhttp://www.upm.com/About-us/Newsroom/Releases/Pages/UPM-joins-WWF-Earth-Hour-concrete-actions-and-long-term-responsibility-targets--001-Fri-18-Mar-2016-11-00.aspxUPM joins WWF Earth Hour: concrete actions and long term responsibility targets <p class="hugin">(UPM, Helsinki, 18 March 2016 at 11:00 EET) - UPM joins WWF's Global Earth Hour 2016 climate event by turning off the lights at the Biofore House in Helsinki, Finland, on 19 March 2016 from 20:30 to 21:30 local time. </p> <p class="hugin">"WWF's Earth Hour reminds us all of the importance of every day's actions in climate change mitigation," says <b class="hugin">Päivi Salpakivi-Salomaa</b>, Vice President, Environment and Responsibility".</p> <p class="hugin">UPM builds its climate change mitigation and adaption actions on three main pillars. We aim to ensure that our most important raw material - wood - grows in sustainably managed forests, which, again, act as carbon sinks. We promote high biodiversity value ecosystems that are less vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. Resource efficient operations and constantly increasing use of renewable and low emission energy are our key drivers in production. On top of all, our products are renewable, recyclable and act as carbon sinks. They are also an endless innovative source for new businesses and products that can replace non-renewable materials with renewable.</p> <p class="hugin">"We updated our 2030 responsibility focus areas and targets in 2015. On the climate agenda we aim to reduce the fossil CO2 emissions from own combustion and purchased electricity by 30% and the acidifying flue gases by 20%. On the forest 2030 agenda we have set a target to use only certified wood in our production," Salpakivi-Salomaa lists concrete actions.<br class="hugin">UPM has participated WWF's Earth Hour for many years already. We have active co-operation with WWF in several countries. For example, we have a long-term versatile co-operation with WWF Finland in promoting sustainability of wood-based liquid biofuels and sustainable forest management as well as protected areas networks in Finland. <br class="hugin">Earth Hour is a world-wide event organised by WWF. It inspires people all over the world to show their support for climate work. Read more: <a class="hugin" href="http://www.earthhour.org/" target="_blank">http://www.earthhour.org/</a><b class="hugin"><br class="hugin">For further information please contact:<br class="hugin"></b>Päivi Salpakivi-Salomaa, Vice President, Environment and Responsibility, UPM, tel. +358 204 15 0936<br class="hugin">To learn more about our actions in climate change mitigation, please check the videos on YouTube: <a class="hugin" href="https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=upm+climate" target="_blank">Link</a><br class="hugin"><b class="hugin">UPM, Media Relations<br class="hugin"></b>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><br 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><br class="hugin"></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 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="/" 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


- 11%

Production waste reused or recycled


over 90%

Share of certified wood and fibre


84%

Share of ecolabelled sales


77%

Dow Jones Sustainability Index 2016-2017


Industry leader in Europe

FROM BIOFORE.COM
SEP 9 2016

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

UPM has been listed as the forest and paper industry leader in the Dow Jones Sustainability Europe Index (DJSI) for 2016-2017. The DJSI follows a best-in-class approach, recognising companies across all industries that outperform their peers in sustainability metrics.


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.