UPM forest departments granted FSC chain of custody certificate

Archive 21.10.2005 0:00 EEST

UPM's Forestry and Wood Sourcing organisations in Finland and Central Europe have been granted an FSC chain of custody certificate. The organisations already have a PEFC certified chain of custody. UPM's wood procurement operations in the UK received the FSC chain of custody in 2003.

The majority of wood used at UPM's mills is purchased from private forest owners. The forest owner decides on the certification of his forests and which certification scheme is used. For the time being the global availability of certified wood is limited, and varies from region to region. 85% of the wood UPM buys from Finnish forests is PEFC certified. However, the amount of certified imported wood is still limited, and so far it has not been possible to report it because the chain of custody has not been in place.

"UPM's Forestry and Wood Sourcing organisation in Finland imports FSC certified wood from the UK, Sweden and Uruguay. The FSC certificate makes it possible to verify and report the share of FSC certified wood", says Sixten Sunabacka, Vice President, Forestry and Wood Sourcing in Finland.

The chain of custody also sets requirements on the origin of uncertified wood. For example, in the Baltics and Russia, where the share of certified forests is still small, UPM's chain of custody ensures that the wood purchased is sustainable, legal and not from protected forest areas.

UPM started building its generic chain of custody model in winter 2005. In addition to the Forestry and Wood Sourcing organisations in Finland, Central Europe and UK the group's Caledonian, Nordland and Rauma paper mills and Pietarsaari pulp mill have chain of custody certified to both PEFC and FSC. In future, the model will be rolled out and applied to all of UPM's wood sourcing and mill activities worldwide.

Further information:
Matti Ylänne, Project Manager, Environmental Forestry Affairs, telephone: +358 20 416 2163 or +358 400 256 170
Thomas Voit, Wood Procurement Manager, Forestry and Wood Sourcing, Central Europe, telephone +49 821 310 9375

Corporate Communications
October 21, 2005

Notes for Editors:

UPM supports all credible forest certification schemes like FSC and PEFC. The company aims at increasing the amount of certified wood in its products and ensuring credible control of the origin of wood through the whole chain from the forest to the customer.

Chain of custody is a verified system for tracking the changes in custodianship of forest products, and products thereof, during the transportation, processing and distribution chain from the forest to the end-use.

PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification Schemes) is, by area, the world's largest forest certification system. PEFC has endorsed 20 national forest certification systems, e.g. CSA, FFCS, UKWAS. SFI is currently under review for endorsement. 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. Forests certified against FSC standards are located in more than 60 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.fsc.org.