UPM aims at increased use of certified fibre in all its mills

Archive 1.3.2004 0:00 EET

UPM aims at increasing the use of certified fibre in all its mills. As part of the programme UPM's Caledonian paper mill in Scotland has recently been certified to both the PEFC and FSC Chain of Custody standards. As well known, both of the certificates promote well and sustainably managed forests in an excellent way.

"Forest certification has been under public debate for a long time. However, only approximately 4% of the world forests have been certified. UPM aims at increasing significantly the use of certified fibre in all our mills. In Scotland we want to investigate the functionality of the different standards in practice, and the double certification provides an excellent opportunity to compare the two certification standards on an unbiased basis", said Markku Tynkkynen, Executive Vice President, Resources.

UPM strongly supports mutual recognition of forest certification systems that have congruent, and therefore comparable, standards for sustainable forest management. Through forest certification UPM wants to confirm that the fibre used in its products comes from well and sustainably managed forests. UPM has its own forest certification guidelines and the company is committed to several national and international certification schemes including PEFC, FSC and SFI. The choice of the certification scheme is based on local conditions.

During recent years UPM has developed Chain of Custody systems especially at its European pulp and paper mills. At present, 12 UPM mills have a certified Chain of Custody. Through the Chain of Custody system the share of certified fibre in the company's products can be confirmed.
There are currently more than 50 different certification schemes worldwide. UPM promotes mutual recognition of the schemes by participating actively in the operation of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and its sub working bodies.

For further information, please contact:
Olav Henriksen, Vice President, International Forest Affairs, tel. +358 204 15 0052
Päivi Salpakivi-Salomaa, Environmental Manager, UPM Forest, tel. +358 204 16 3862
Gordon Mitchell, Vice President and General Manager, UPM, Caledonian, tel. +44 1294 314 422

Corporate Communications
March 1, 2004

Notes to the editors:

PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification Schemes) is, by area, the world's largest forest certification system. PEFC has endorsed 13 national forest certification systems in Europe. PEFC is an umbrella organisation for the mutual recognition of national or regional forest certification schemes which meet internationally recognised requirements for sustainable forest management. PEFC includes forest certification, Chain of Custody and product labelling. Fulfilling the PEFC standard requires independent third-party verification. PEFC members are national or regional forest certification schemes based on inter-governmental processes for sustainable forest management around the world. In Europe these principles were agreed at a conference of European forest ministers. For more information: www.pefc.org.

FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) is an international non-governmental organisation founded in 1993, whose task is to support environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial, and economically viable management of the world's forests. FSC has members in 58 different countries. The Council has defined ten general principles of forest management. The actual certification standards are drawn up in accordance with the FSC principles in a national co-operation process. Fulfilling the FSC standard requires independent third-party verification. For more information: www.fscoax.org.