Every choice can make a difference

For us at UPM, responsible business conduct means focusing not only on our own operations but on the whole value chain, and finding sustainable business solutions in active dialogue with our customers, suppliers and partners. Every decision counts and can make a difference.

​​​​​​Responsibility is about values, commitments and - above all - actions 

​UPM leads the integration of bio and forest industries into a sustainable future. For us, this is captured in one word – Biofore. It means versatile use of recyclable and renewable wood biomass, combined with innovation, efficiency and ​

responsibility. We show every day that innovative and responsible business can be efficient and profitable, bringing quality of life and prosperity to our stakeholders.  

​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 2017-2018


Industry leader in global DJSI


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.

Responsibility data

UPM's interactive charting tool provides key information on environmental and social performance.

Product stewardship

UPM’s products are made from renewable, recyclable and biodegradable materials, creating a solid basis for product stewardship.

Certificate Finder

UPM’s Certificate Finder search tool allows you to find certificates and position statements according to business and certificate categories.

Circular economy at UPM

At UPM circular economy, in short, means reusing materials and products several times and creating added value through smart solutions. In circular economy, we also avoid generating waste, and strive to increase the use of renewable energy and materials.

Press Release
September 7, 2017

Leader in responsibility

UPM listed as the industry leader in the global Dow Jones Sustainability Index 2017-2018.

 Responsibility news

 

 

UPM supports schooling opportunities of young people at risk of social exclusion2017-11-20T09:30:00Zhttp://www.upm.com/About-us/Newsroom/Releases/Pages/UPM-supports-schooling-opportunities-of-young-people-at-risk-of-social-exclusion-001-Mon-20-Nov-2017-11-30.aspxUPM supports schooling opportunities of young people at risk of social exclusion<p class="hugin">(UPM, Helsinki, 20 November 2017 at 11.30 EET) -UPM supports young people whose secondary education is at risk due to the family's low income through Eväitä Elämälle programme by Save the Children organisation. UPM's support is targeted at buying learning materials so that young people can continue their studies regardless of the family's financial situation. The study materials aid will be directed to the local associations of the Save the Children organisation.</p> <p class="hugin">In Finland, 15 per cent of young people have not completed upper secondary education by the age of 25. Nearly half of the young people without qualification or education have had to cut or drop their studies due to lack of money. The costs of upper secondary education are caused by learning materials in particular. Study materials aid is provided for the textbooks and other materials, such as work equipment, used at secondary schools and vocational institutions. The goal is that the beneficiaries can complete a matriculation examination or a vocational qualification.</p> <p class="hugin">"As a sponsor of Eväitä Elämälle programme we are promoting equality and inclusion among young people as well as increasing their opportunities to build future in their chosen studies. This is important for the young themselves but also for society as a whole and for its wellbeing, "says <b class="hugin">Pirkko Harrela</b>, Executive Vice President, Stakeholder Relations at UPM.</p> <p class="hugin">"Under the Eväitä Elämälle programme, 1,458 children from low-income families received aid for learning materials and hobbies from Save the Children last year. Our recent study shows clearly that the schooling costs are a problem for many. Nearly 60 per cent of the respondents felt that the costs of secondary education have caused them or their families financial challenges,"says <b class="hugin">Hanna Markkula-Kivisilta</b>, Secretary General from Save the Children Finland.</p> <p class="hugin">UPM's societal engagement activities are closely connected to our 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 & Learning, Engaging with communities, Responsible water use and Boosting bioinnovations. Read more on Biofore Share and Care programme on UPM <a class="hugin" href="http://www.upm.com/Responsibility/people-society/sponsorships-donations/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">website</a>.</p> <p class="hugin"><b class="hugin">For further information please contact:</b><br class="hugin">Pirkko Harrela, EVP, Stakeholder Relations, UPM, <a class="hugin" href="mailto:pirkko.harrela@upm.com" target="_blank">pirkko.harrela@upm.com</a>, tel. +358 2041 50588<br class="hugin">Hanna Markkula-Kivisilta, Secretary General, Save the Children Finland, <a class="hugin" href="mailto:hanna.markkula-kivisilta@pelastakaalapset.fi" target="_blank">hanna.markkula-kivisilta@pelastakaalapset.fi</a>, tel. +358 50 462 1148</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">Save the Children Finland</b><br class="hugin">Save the Children Finland is a politically and religiously independent non-governmental organization founded in 1922, which fights for children's rights in order to immediately and permanently improve children's lives in Finland and all over the world. Save the Children Finland is part of the Save the Children organization, which operates in over 100 countries to improve children's lives. Our vision is a world where every child has the right to live, to be protected, to develop and to participate. Our mission is to improve the way children are treated and to immediately and permanently improve children's lives. Additional information: <a class="hugin" href="http://www.pelastakaalapset.fi" target="_blank">www.pelastakaalapset.fi</a> </p> <p class="hugin"><b class="hugin">UPM</b><br class="hugin">UPM leads the forest-based bioindustry into a sustainable, innovation-driven and exciting future across six business areas: UPM Biorefining, UPM Energy, UPM Raflatac, UPM Specialty Papers, UPM Paper ENA and UPM Plywood. UPM provides sustainable and safe solutions to the growing global consumption. Products are made of renewable and recyclable materials. The group employs around 19,300 people worldwide 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://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 receives an A score for CDP's Water and Forests Programs2017-10-25T06:30:00Zhttp://www.upm.com/About-us/Newsroom/Releases/Pages/UPM-receives-an-A-score-for-CDP's-Water-and-Forests-Programs-001-Wed-25-Oct-2017-09-33.aspxUPM receives an A score for CDP's Water and Forests Programs<p class="hugin">(UPM, Helsinki, 25 October 2017 at 09.30 EET)  - UPM has been positioned on this year's A List for water and forests by CDP, the non-profit global environmental disclosure platform. CDP's A List comprises companies from around the world that have been identified as leading in their efforts and actions to combat environmental risk in the past CDP reporting year. Of the companies that submitted information, UPM is one of the only four companies to score an A on both water and forests.<br></p><p class="hugin"><img src="http://assets.upm.com/Responsibility/Other-images/CDP-Water-A-List-Social.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p><p class="hugin"><img src="http://assets.upm.com/Responsibility/Other-images/Forest-A-List-Social.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p> <p class="hugin">"UPM is committed to the internationally accepted principles of sustainable forest management and to minimise the negative impacts of its operations on water resources," says <b class="hugin">Tuomas Niemi</b>, Manager, UPM Environment and Responsibility. </p> <p class="hugin">"We aim to maximise our total contribution to society by creating long-term profitable business with responsible practises embedded into our operations and value-chain", Niemi continues. </p> <p class="hugin">"Congratulations to all the companies that made it onto the A List this year. It's inspiring to see so many taking bold action to mitigate environmental risks and grasp the opportunities that come with the transition to a sustainable economy. These companies are driving the transition as we approach a tipping point on environmental action", says <b class="hugin">Paul Dickinson</b>, Executive Chair, CDP.</p> <p class="hugin">CDP publishes A-D scores across climate, water and forests for over 3,000 major corporates, with the leaders celebrated on the A List. </p> <p class="hugin">This is the first year that CDP has announced company scores across all three areas simultaneously, reflecting a holistic approach to corporate sustainability. Thousands of companies submit annual environmental disclosures to CDP for independent assessment at the request of 827 investors with assets of over US$100 trillion.</p> <p class="hugin">The A-List and full company scores are available on CDP's website: <a class="hugin" href="https://www.cdp.net/en/scores-2017" target="_blank">https://www.cdp.net/en/scores-2017</a> </p> <p class="hugin"><b class="hugin">For further information please contact:</b><br class="hugin">Tuomas Niemi, Manager, Standards, UPM, Environment and Responsibility, tel. +358 40 7388 137</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">About 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://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://upmbiofore.com/" target="_blank">upmbiofore.com</a></p> <p class="hugin"><b class="hugin">About CDP</b><br class="hugin">CDP is an international non-profit that drives companies and governments to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, safeguard water resources and protect forests. Voted <a class="hugin" href="https://www.cdp.net/en/articles/media/press-release-investors-rank-cdp-number-one-in-climate-change-research-for-second-year-running" target="_blank">number one</a> climate research provider by investors and working with institutional investors with assets of US$100 trillion, we leverage investor and buyer power to motivate companies to disclose and manage their environmental impacts. Over 6,300 companies with some 55% of global market capitalization disclosed environmental data through CDP in 2017. This is in addition to the over 500 cities and 100 states and regions who disclosed, making CDP's platform one of the richest sources of information globally on how companies and governments are driving environmental change. CDP, formerly Carbon Disclosure Project, is a founding member of the We Mean Business Coalition. Please visit <a class="hugin" href="http://www.cdp.net/" target="_blank">www.cdp.net</a> or follow us @CDP to find out more.</p> GP0|#81853a22-b160-4cb3-8242-e79183473299;L0|#081853a22-b160-4cb3-8242-e79183473299|Press release;GTSet|#755a91e0-667c-4344-8c43-ca8420eb841f
UPM listed as the industry leader in the global Dow Jones Sustainability Index 2017-09-07T06:00:00Zhttp://www.upm.com/About-us/Newsroom/Releases/Pages/UPM-listed-as-the-industry-leader-in-the-global-Dow-Jones-Sustainability-Index--001-Thu-07-Sep-2017-09-03.aspxUPM listed as the industry leader in the global Dow Jones Sustainability Index <p class="hugin">(UPM, Helsinki, 7 September 2017 at 09.00 EET)  - UPM has been listed as the forest and paper industry leader in the Dow Jones European and World Sustainability Indices (DJSI) for 2017-2018 for the fifth time.</p> <p class="hugin">"Responsibility is one of the key elements of UPM's Biofore strategy. Compliance, integrity and sustainability are strongly guiding everything we do," says <b class="hugin">Pirkko Harrela</b>, Executive Vice President, UPM Stakeholder Relations. </p> <p class="hugin">"We promote responsible practices throughout the value chain and are active in finding sustainable solutions in co-operation with our customers, suppliers and partners. Creating value for society both as a company and through our products is essential for us," Harrela continues. </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. </p> <p class="hugin"><img width="346" height="118" class="hugin" src="https://hugin.info/165629/I/2132134/121388.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p 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"><b class="hugin">About UPM</b></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 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://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://upmbiofore.com/" target="_blank">upmbiofore.com</a></p> GP0|#c72b848f-2cb3-4c62-ac14-e72f6f391f59;L0|#0c72b848f-2cb3-4c62-ac14-e72f6f391f59|Investor news;GTSet|#755a91e0-667c-4344-8c43-ca8420eb841f
Working toward a more sustainable future in packaging design: UPM Raflatac joins Sustainable Packaging Coalition2017-08-17T14:00:00Zhttp://www.upm.com/About-us/Newsroom/Releases/Pages/Working-toward-a-more-sustainable-future-in-packaging-design-UPM-Raflatac-joins--001-Thu-17-Aug-2017-17-03.aspxWorking toward a more sustainable future in packaging design: UPM Raflatac joins Sustainable Packaging Coalition<p class="hugin"> (UPM Raflatac, Mills River, NC, USA, August 17, 2017 at 17:00 EET) - UPM Raflatac, a global leader in the production of self-adhesive labeling solutions, has reinforced its commitment to building a more sustainable world by joining the Sustainable Packaging Coalition<sup class="hugin" style="vertical-align:text-top;font-size:0.8em;">®</sup> (SPC). The SPC is a membership-based collaborative led by an independent non-profit that believes in the power of industry to make packaging more sustainable. UPM Raflatac joins more than 200 member companies, government officials and academic institutions. UPM Raflatac will also sponsor The SPC's upcoming SPC Advance conference in Pittsburgh this October.</p> <p class="hugin">Through strong member support, an informed and science-based approach, supply chain collaborations and continuous outreach, the SPC endeavors to build packaging systems that encourage economic prosperity and a sustainable flow of materials. Sustainability is one of the key drivers of UPM Raflatac's product development - the company's labels are sustainable by design. UPM Raflatac supports environmental responsibility throughout the entire label lifecycle, from raw material sourcing to end-of-life treatment like recycling.</p> <p class="hugin">"Having a full scope of the considerations that go into making more sustainable packaging is vital," says <b class="hugin">Nina Goodrich</b>, Executive Director, Sustainable Packaging Coalition. "We look forward to having another voice and perspective within the coalition." </p> <p class="hugin">"We are honored to join the Sustainable Packaging Coalition," says <b class="hugin">Tyler Matusevich</b>, Senior Sustainability Specialist, Americas, UPM Raflatac. "At UPM Raflatac, we leverage our in-house expertise, technology and capabilities to assess the environmental impacts of the label products we manufacture, and by joining this group featuring like-minded brand owners and manufacturers, we can work together for a more sustainable world in packaging design."</p> <p class="hugin">Labels matter and they can have a significant influence on the sustainability of packaging. That's why UPM Raflatac aims to be the pressure-sensitive label industry's sustainability leader and partner of choice.    </p> <p class="hugin"><a class="hugin" href="http://go.upmraflatac.com/sustainabilityamericas" target="_blank">Learn more about UPM Raflatac's sustainability initiatives »</a></p> <p class="hugin"><b class="hugin">For further information please contact:</b><br class="hugin">Tyler Matusevich, Senior Sustainability Specialist, UPM Raflatac, tel. +1-828-318-7871, <a class="hugin" href="mailto:tyler.matusevich@upmraflatac.com" target="_blank">tyler.matusevich@upmraflatac.com</a> </p> <p class="hugin"><b class="hugin">UPM Raflatac </b><br class="hugin">UPM Raflatac is one of the world's leading producers of self-adhesive label materials. We supply high-quality paper and film label stock for consumer product and industrial labelling through a global network of factories, distribution terminals and sales offices. We employ around 3,000 people and made sales of EUR 1.4 billion (USD 1.5 billion) in 2016. UPM Raflatac is part of UPM - The Biofore Company. Find out more at <a class="hugin" href="http://www.upmraflatac.com" target="_blank">www.upmraflatac.com</a>.</p> <p class="hugin">Follow us on <a class="hugin" href="https://twitter.com/upmraflatacam" target="_blank">Twitter</a> <b class="hugin">|</b> <a class="hugin" href="https://www.linkedin.com/company/upm-raflatac" target="_blank">LinkedIn</a> <b class="hugin">|</b> <a class="hugin" href="https://www.facebook.com/upmraflatac" target="_blank">Facebook</a> <b class="hugin">|</b> <a class="hugin" href="https://www.youtube.com/user/upmraflatac" target="_blank">YouTube</a> <b class="hugin">|</b> <a class="hugin" href="https://www.instagram.com/upmraflatac" target="_blank">Instagram</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/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> <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> <p class="hugin"><b class="hugin">The Sustainable Packaging Coalition</b><br class="hugin"> The Sustainable Packaging Coalition is a membership-based collaborative led by an independent non-profit that believes in the power of industry to make packaging more sustainable. Using an objective life-cycle-based approach, we work in a constructive atmosphere to provide thought leadership and bring our members together to strengthen and advance the business case for more sustainable packaging. Learn more at sustainablepackaging.org.</p> GP0|#81853a22-b160-4cb3-8242-e79183473299;L0|#081853a22-b160-4cb3-8242-e79183473299|Press release;GTSet|#755a91e0-667c-4344-8c43-ca8420eb841f