Story | 07/23/2015 09:23:00

Transparency brings competitive edge

UPM provides comprehensive environmental information, verified by third parties, from the corporate level to the mills and individual products. The improving figures indicate increasing efficiency in production processes and good overall environmental performance.

The third-party assured reporting highlights the efforts UPM has made in terms of environmental performance.

“In a global business, all players should be evaluated by the same criteria. Consequently, our commitment to continuous improvement and transparency enhance our competitive advantage and leading position in this field,” says Päivi Salpakivi-Salomaa, Vice President, Environment & Responsibility.

At the corporate level, UPM follows the Global Reporting Initiative’s (GRI) G3 reporting guidelines, which enable companies and organisations to measure and report their sustainability performance. As of 2015, UPM will adopt GRI4.

UPM has certified all its European pulp and paper mills, the UPM Fray Bentos pulp mill in Uruguay, and the UPM Changshu paper mill in China in accordance with the EU Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS). EMAS requires participants to have an Environmental Management System and to publish a third-party verified Environmental Statement, which increases the credibility and reliability of environmental data. UPM has participated in EMAS for 20 years.

UPM products have been granted several ecolabels, such as the EU Ecolabel, the German Blue Angel label and the PEFC and FSC forest certification labels.

UPM is the largest producer of EU Ecolabelled newsprint, graphic and office papers. Ecolabels demonstrate that UPM’s products meet the environmental performance criteria expected by third parties.