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

Greenhouse gas emissions related to energy use


- 6%

Production waste reused or recycled


89%

Share of certified wood and fibre


85%

Total recordable injury frequency


-12%

Dow Jones Sustainability Index 2017-2018


Industry leader in global DJSI


Responsibility is good business

Sustainability is the only way we can do business in the future, says Sami Lundgren, VP, Environment and Responsibility. We believe in innovations and turning these megatrends and challenges into solutions. But is sustainability good business? Let Sami convince you.

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.
FROM UPMBIOFORE.COM
JULY 6, 2018

Our mills boost the vitality of their surrounding areas

Our mills are visible in the local landscape, and they bring economic prosperity for many families and the area. We are often one of the biggest employers and taxpayers in the locations where we operate. That’s why we want to tell people more about our impact on the local society.


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.

 Responsibility news

 

 

Beyond Fossils crystallises UPM's position as the leading supplier of renewable and responsible solutions2018-09-17T10:00:00Zhttp://www.upm.com/About-us/Newsroom/Releases/Pages/Beyond-Fossils-crystallises-UPM's-position-as-the-leading-supplier-of-renewable--001-Mon-17-Sep-2018-10-03.aspxBeyond Fossils crystallises UPM's position as the leading supplier of renewable and responsible solutions<p class="hugin">(UPM, Helsinki, 17 September 2018 at 10:00 EET) - UPM's new brand promise, UPM Biofore - Beyond fossils, captures the company's strong commitment to a future which is not dependent of fossil raw materials. The new direction is a natural continuation to UPM*s purpose of creating value from the limitless opportunities of bioeconomy.</p> <p class="hugin">Global megatrends, such as urbanisation and the growing middle class in the emerging markets, represent many long-term growth opportunities for UPM's businesses. Climate change, environmental concerns and the scarcity of non-renewable raw materials are driving societies and businesses all over the world towards the use of renewable, non-fossil raw materials and circular economy. They are also driving demand for renewable and responsible solutions and new technologies.</p> <p class="hugin">"Our innovations are based on renewable wood fibres and biomolecules that provide viable alternatives to fossil-based solutions. We constantly look for new business opportunities and end-uses of forest biomass to meet the growing global consumer demand. As a leader of the bio-based forest industry, we provide solutions to global challenges while at the same time create value to our stakeholders," says <b class="hugin">Elisa Nilsson</b>, Vice President, Brand and Communications of UPM.</p> <p class="hugin">The position is launched via extensive communications and marketing, starting from UPM's main markets. "With the new statement, we communicate a clear vision of our way forward. As a globally leading company in this industry, we want to show the way and inspire our stakeholders on a journey towards a future beyond fossils," says Elisa Nilsson.</p> <p class="hugin"><b class="hugin">For further information please contact:</b><br class="hugin">Elisa Nilsson, Vice President, Brand and Communications, UPM, tel. +358 (0)2041 67806</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">We deliver renewable and responsible solutions and innovate for a future beyond fossils across six business areas: UPM Biorefining, UPM Energy, UPM Raflatac, UPM Specialty Papers, UPM Communication Papers and UPM Plywood. We employ around 19,100 people worldwide and our annual sales are approximately EUR 10 billion. Our shares are listed on NASDAQ OMX Helsinki. UPM Biofore - Beyond fossils. <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="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> #UPM #biofore</p> GP0|#81853a22-b160-4cb3-8242-e79183473299;L0|#081853a22-b160-4cb3-8242-e79183473299|Press release;GTSet|#755a91e0-667c-4344-8c43-ca8420eb841f
UPM recognised as the industry's most responsible company in the global Dow Jones Sustainability Index2018-09-13T05:30:00Zhttp://www.upm.com/About-us/Newsroom/Releases/Pages/UPM-recognised-as-the-industry's-most-responsible-company-in-the-global-Dow-Jone-001-Thu-13-Sep-2018-08-33.aspxUPM recognised as the industry's most responsible company in the global Dow Jones Sustainability Index<p class="hugin">(UPM, Helsinki, 13 September 2018 at 08.30 EET)  - UPM has been listed as the forest and paper industry leader in the in the Dow Jones European and World Sustainability Indices (DJSI) for 2018-2019 for the sixth time.</p> <p class="hugin">"We create value by seizing the limitless potential of bioeconomy, this is what we are committed to do at UPM", says <b class="hugin">Sami Lundgren</b>, Vice President, UPM Environment and Responsibility.</p> <p class="hugin">Global megatrends and their impacts on the environment and society make it clear that a major turnaround in the use of non-renewable fossil-based products and materials is needed. As the leader of the bio-based forest industry UPM's mission is to be a part of the solution.</p> <p class="hugin">"Creating value for society both as a company and through our renewable and responsible products is an essential part of the Biofore strategy, since our operations and products have an impact on society at large. Understanding our influence is a prerequisite for us to develop our operations and to respond to the needs of surrounding communities," concludes Lundgren. </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 alt="DJSI_Member_Logo_2015" class="hugin" height="118" id="Picture 1" src="https://hugin.info/165629/I/2215861/130895.jpg" width="345" /></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 Communication Papers 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 19,100 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="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> #UPM #biofore</p> GP0|#c72b848f-2cb3-4c62-ac14-e72f6f391f59;L0|#0c72b848f-2cb3-4c62-ac14-e72f6f391f59|Investor news;GTSet|#755a91e0-667c-4344-8c43-ca8420eb841f
Combining the best of functionality, efficiency and sustainability: Introducing PE 65, UPM Raflatac's thinnest squeezable film2018-08-29T14:00:00Zhttp://www.upm.com/About-us/Newsroom/Releases/Pages/Combining-the-best-of-functionality,-efficiency-and-sustainability-Introducing-P-003-Wed-29-Aug-2018-17-03.aspxCombining the best of functionality, efficiency and sustainability: Introducing PE 65, UPM Raflatac's thinnest squeezable film<p class="hugin">(UPM Raflatac, Mills River, NC, USA, August 29, 2018 at 17:00 EET) - As part of its commitment to labeling a smarter future, UPM Raflatac is pleased to announce the launch of its <a class="hugin" href="http://go.upmraflatac.com/PE65" target="_blank">new PE 65 film label stock range</a> in the Americas market, the company's thinnest squeezable films to-date and the thinnest PE label produced for the home and personal care market.</p> <p class="hugin">These thinner versions of UPM Raflatac's standard PE 85 films offer the same excellent conformability and squeezability and can create a seamless, no-edge look on bottles. Combined with their resistance to water, oils and chemicals, new clear and white PE 65 film constructions are a sustainable alternative for conformable and squeezable containers and tubes. These thin films do not sacrifice performance, as they are at the top of the squeezability scale.</p> <p class="hugin">Not only do labels printed with PE 65 flex with the packaging and maintain their good looks, their thinner overall construction helps printers, converters and brands run a more efficient operation. PE 65's thinner caliper means more labels per roll and longer roll lengths, resulting in fewer roll changes and less down time. These 65 micron (2.6 mil) PE film label materials also reduce transportation and packaging waste at multiple stages in the operational process.</p> <p class="hugin">Choosing ecodesigned products like PE 65 materials can also help reduce the environmental impact of labels. According to a UPM Raflatac Life Cycle Assessment study performed in accordance with internationally recognized ISO 14040/44 standards, by switching from PE 85 to PE 65, companies can see significant reductions in energy use (15%), greenhouse gas emissions (14%) and water consumption (13%).</p> <p class="hugin">"UPM Raflatac's new PE 65 film label materials are ideal for any brand looking to combine the ultimate in performance with increased production efficiency and a sustainable design," says <b class="hugin">Daryl Northcott</b>, Director, Films Business, Americas, UPM Raflatac. "Our company continuously strives to be the pressure-sensitive label industry's sustainability leader and partner of choice, and our new PE 65 films are helping us build a more sustainable world, one label at a time."  </p> <p class="hugin"><a class="hugin" href="http://go.upmraflatac.com/PE65" target="_blank">Learn more about UPM Raflatac's new PE 65 film materials, their thinnest squeezable film »</a></p> <p class="hugin"><a class="hugin" href="http://pet.upm.com/l/TPZdqXd66Dkc" target="_blank">Click here to download a hi-res image of new PE 65 film materials »</a></p> <p class="hugin"><b class="hugin">For further information please contact:</b></p> <p class="hugin"><b class="hugin">Scott Sowers</b><br class="hugin"><b class="hugin">Senior Communications Specialist, UPM Raflatac</b><br class="hugin">Mon-Fri 8.00-17.00 ET<br class="hugin">tel. +1 828-275-7261 <br class="hugin"><a class="hugin" href="mailto:scott.sowers@upmraflatac.com" target="_blank">scott.sowers@upmraflatac.com</a> </p> <p class="hugin"><b class="hugin">UPM Raflatac </b><br class="hugin">UPM Raflatac is labeling a smarter future by developing innovative and sustainable labeling solutions complemented with world-class service. As 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 labeling through a global network of factories, distribution terminals and sales offices. We employ around 3,000 people and made sales of EUR 1.5 billion (USD 1.9 billion) in 2017. 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"><strong class="hugin">UPM</strong><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 Communication Papers 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 19,100 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> <br class="hugin">  <br class="hugin"> Follow UPM on <a class="hugin" href="https://twitter.com/UPMGlobal" 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><u class="hugin"> </u>| <a class="hugin" href="https://www.upmbiofore.com/" target="_blank">upmbiofore.com</a> #UPM #biofore</p> GP0|#81853a22-b160-4cb3-8242-e79183473299;L0|#081853a22-b160-4cb3-8242-e79183473299|Press release;GTSet|#755a91e0-667c-4344-8c43-ca8420eb841f
Societal impacts have a visible role in UPM's EMAS reporting 2018-07-06T10:00:00Zhttp://www.upm.com/About-us/Newsroom/Releases/Pages/Societal-impacts-have-a-visible-role-in-UPM's-EMAS-reporting--001-Fri-06-Jul-2018-10-03.aspxSocietal impacts have a visible role in UPM's EMAS reporting <p class="hugin">(UPM, Helsinki, 6 July 2018, 10:00 EET) - UPM has today published the EMAS (EU Eco-Management and Audit Scheme) statements of its pulp and paper mills. The statements are more extensive than ever. Over the years, the company has reported on environmental impacts at its pulp and paper mills in Europe, China and Uruguay. Now the reports also provide a thorough analysis of the company's societal impact at a local level.</p> <p class="hugin">According to <b class="hugin">Gabriele Wende</b>, Director, Reporting and Product Stewardship, UPM, people are interested in companies' impact on society in addition to the environmental matters. "Mills are a part of local people's everyday lives, so what happens within the company is not insignificant by any means. That's why we want to provide verified and concrete information, e.g. on our contribution to employment, tax income and  purchasing power, as well as co-operation with the communities. The information also has to be easily accessible," Wende says.</p> <p class="hugin">"UPM's initiative to open the scope of its environmental reporting to include social indicators shows the strong commitment of the company to transparency, a value shared by all EMAS organisations," says <b class="hugin">Kestutis Sadauskas,</b> Director for the Green Economy at the European Commission's Directorate General for the Environment. <br class="hugin">"The performance of the company is verified by an independent EMAS verifier, providing the public and other stakeholders with reliable information on its contribution to sustainable development. We would encourage other companies to move in this direction too", he says.</p> <p class="hugin"><b class="hugin">A mathematical model of effects on consumption</b></p> <p class="hugin">Extended EMAS reporting was improved first time this year using a mathematical calculation model developed by the Research Institute of the Finnish Economy. The model was used to estimate indirect jobs and effects on consumption created by the company's production units in Finland.<br class="hugin">Research Director <b class="hugin">Jyrki Ali-Yrkkö</b> from Etlatieto Oy says, that calculations can be made both regionally and nationally.<br class="hugin">"The model is based on input-output statistics from Statistics Finland. Those statistics show how companies from different industries buy goods and services from each other," Ali-Yrkkö explains.</p> <p class="hugin">Local tax income generated by our business operations as well as cooperation with local operators, such as educational institutes, are an essential part of our societal impacts. Read more about these and many more societal impacts at the following websites:</p> <p class="hugin"><a class="hugin" href="https://www.upmbiofore.com/upm/our-mills-boost-the-vitality-of-their-surrounding-areas/" target="_blank">www.upmbiofore.com </a><br class="hugin"><a class="hugin" href="http://www.upm.com/responsibility/fundamentals/reporting/emas/pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">www.upm.com > Responsibility</a><br class="hugin"> <br class="hugin"> The final EMAS registration is complete only when the Corporate Environmental Statement 2017 has been approved.</p> <p class="hugin"><b class="hugin">More information:</b><br class="hugin">Sami Lundgren, Vice President, UPM, Environment & Responsibility, tel. +358 40 5800 910</p> <p class="hugin"><b class="hugin">UPM, Media Relations</b> <br class="hugin">Mon-Fri from 9:00 to 16:00 EET<br class="hugin">Tel. +358 (0)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 Communication Papers and UPM Plywood. UPM provides sustainable and safe solutions for growing global consumption. Our products are made of renewable raw materials and are recyclable. 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="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> | upmbiofore.com #UPM #biofore</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 Communication Papers 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 19,100 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="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> #UPM #biofore</p> GP0|#c72b848f-2cb3-4c62-ac14-e72f6f391f59;L0|#0c72b848f-2cb3-4c62-ac14-e72f6f391f59|Investor news;GTSet|#755a91e0-667c-4344-8c43-ca8420eb841f