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 receives RobecoSAM's Industry Mover distinction2018-02-01T11:30:00Zhttp://www.upm.com/About-us/Newsroom/Releases/Pages/UPM-receives-RobecoSAM's-Industry-Mover-distiction-001-Thu-01-Feb-2018-13-33.aspxUPM receives RobecoSAM's Industry Mover distinction<p class="hugin">(UPM, Helsinki, 1 February 2018 at 13:30 EET) -  UPM has been listed in the RobecoSAM's Sustainability Yearbook 2018 with the Gold Class and Industry Mover distinctions. The company that has achieved the largest proportional improvement in its sustainability performance compared to the previous year is named the RobecoSAM Industry Mover.  RobecoSAM awards companies for their excellent sustainability performance. </p> <p class="hugin"><img width="627" height="150" class="hugin" id="Picture 2" src="https://hugin.info/165629/I/2165390/125674.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p class="hugin"><b class="hugin">Aris Prepoudis</b>, CEO, RobecoSAM: "I congratulate UPM whole heartedly for being awarded a Gold Class medal and recognized as Industry Mover in The Sustainability Yearbook 2018. The companies included in the Yearbook are the world's most sustainable companies in their industry and are moving the ESG needle in ways that will help us realise the UN's Sustainable Development Goals by 2030." </p> <p class="hugin">"This award makes us at the same time extremely proud and humble," <b class="hugin">Sami Lundgren</b>, VP, UPM Environment and Responsibility says smiling. </p> <p class="hugin">"We are proud of the positive steps we have taken in each area of responsibility, and are, of course, pleased that those actions have promoted us in the Gold class and especially among the Industry Movers," Sami continues. </p> <p class="hugin">"Our Aiming higher culture and purpose to create value by seizing the limitless potential of bioeconomy push us to work even harder," Sami says. </p> <p class="hugin">The UN's 2030 Sustainable Development Goals are strongly guiding UPM in all of its operations. As of 2016 we have been a member of UN Global Compact LEAD, which is a unique leadership platform within the UN Global Compact that strongly promotes the integration of sustainability into business strategies. </p> <p class="hugin">"We have a great network of the most sustainably advanced companies across geographical regions and industry sectors to discuss and share best practices with," Sami concludes.</p> <p class="hugin">The Sustainability Yearbook awards companies for their excellent sustainability performance as determined by their score in <a class="hugin" href="http://www.robecosam.com/en/sustainability-insights/about-sustainability/corporate-sustainability-assessment/index.jsp" target="_blank">RobecoSAM's annual Corporate Sustainability Assessment (CSA).</a><br class="hugin">Read more on the 2018 edition of RobecoSAM's <a class="hugin" href="https://emea01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http://mail.robecosam.com/u/nrd.php?p%3DX9WJpGOdYF_413_1200470_2_75%26ems_l%3D1071712&data=02%7c01%7ck109905%40mgd.upm.com%7c5b5bb4efe35a4e0d0a4e08d5693915fb%7c9eab37f091c647e39c00fe8544bd272e%7c1%7c0%7c636530616259786657&sdata=sjPyGwuLxXYcB3KLFfY6gf7JF6irCMVlzV2GxZ3foSE%3D&reserved=0" target="_blank">The Sustainability Yearbook</a>. </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">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">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 consumer demand. Products are made of renewable and recyclable materials. The group employs around 19,100 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/UPMGlobal" target="_blank">Twitter</a> | <a class="hugin" href="http://www.linkedin.com/company/upm-kymmene" target="_blank">LinkedIn</a> | <a class="hugin" href="http://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
Heating ensures that future generations can also enjoy Verla World Heritage Site2017-12-21T08:00:00Zhttp://www.upm.com/About-us/Newsroom/Releases/Pages/Heating-ensures-that-future-generations-can-also-enjoy-Verla-World-Heritage-Site-001-Thu-21-Dec-2017-10-03.aspxHeating ensures that future generations can also enjoy Verla World Heritage Site<p class="hugin">(UPM, Helsinki, 21.12.2017 10:00) - At Unesco World Heritage Site Verla in Kymenlaakso, a new heating plant will be built to ensure the site remains in good condition in the future. The Verla groundwood and board mill, owned and maintained by UPM, is one of the seven World Heritage Sites in Finland.</p> <p class="hugin">"It is important to us that we preserve the World Heritage Site for future generations. After Verla was named a World Heritage Site in 1996, several projects have been carried out to preserve the site.  The buildings have been fitted with fire protection systems, for example, and because the mill stands by the Verlankoski stream, a longitudinal dam has been constructed to protect the buildings from flooding and water leakages. The heating solution being implemented in the upcoming winter is a significant investment in Verla's long-term protection," explains the Museum Director <b class="hugin">Ville Majuri</b>. </p> <p class="hugin"><img alt="" class="hugin" height="353" id="Picture 1" src="https://hugin.info/165629/I/2157755/124719.jpg" width="627" /></p> <p class="hugin"><i class="hugin">Photo: Lassi Kujala</i></p> <p class="hugin">When the groundwood and cardboard mills were still in operation, the brick buildings were heated. However, the heating was removed after their operation ceased in 1964. When the buildings are heated again, their preservation conditions will become more favourable. When a building is heated, the heat is conducted through its structures, drying both the air inside the building and the structures in turn. This also stabilizes harmful changes in indoor temperature and reduces the damage caused by moisture. Heating the facilities also protects the preserved machines and equipment. </p> <p class="hugin">The new heating system at Verla will be installed into the existing boiler room of the drying plant that was built in 1893. The room will then return to its former purpose. The new boiler produces heat using renewable wood pellets and is installed between the old boilers. "The project has been developed in co-operation with the National Board of Antiquities. It is wonderful that we can utilize the old facilities and structures of the preserved mill, such as the boiler room and chimney, for their original purpose," Majuri continues.</p> <p class="hugin">Until now, Verla has only been open to the public during the summer season. Heating enables the development of tourism and a longer - at best, year-round - operating season.</p> <p class="hugin">For the technical implementation of the heating solution, UPM has collaborated with KSS Lämpö, a subsidiary of KSS Energia. The company's field of operation includes heating solutions for different areas. KSS Energia owns two hydropower plants at Verla World Heritage Site. "I am pleased with the result. We found a practical solution for heating the preserved buildings," states <b class="hugin">Ilmo Penttilä</b>, KSS Lämpö CEO.</p> <p class="hugin">In its statement, the National Board of Antiquities has recommended the heating solution. "By heating the buildings moderately and in a manner that takes their cultural and historical value into account, the life of the drying plant and the entire Verla World Heritage Site will likely be extended. The project has been well prepared and it will likely have a positive effect on preserving the World Heritage Site as well as its cultural and historical value.</p> <p class="hugin"><b class="hugin">For further information, please contact:</b><br class="hugin">Museum director Ville Majuri, UPM, Verla Mill Museum, tel. +358 204 152 206, ville.majuri@upm.com   <br class="hugin">CEO Ilmo Penttilä, KSS Lämpö, tel. +358 400 55 1214, ilmo.penttilä@kssenergia.fi</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">Verla</b><br class="hugin">World Heritage Site Verla is a unique monument. The setting for the old board mill  is located in northern Kymenlaakso by the Verlankoski stream, about 30 kilometres from the town of Kouvola. Verla has been serving as a mill museum since 1972 and was included on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1996. Verla Mill Museum is open in the Summer between 2 May and 30 September, from Tuesday to Sunday 11:00-16:00 and after Midsummer until the end of August every day 10:00-18:00. The museum is closed on Midsummer Eve and Midsummer Day. It is possible to arrange for the museum to be opened for groups outside of these times. For more information: <a class="hugin" href="http://www.verla.fi" target="_blank">www.verla.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 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