We are in continuous dialogue and collaboration with our stakeholders in order to develop our operations and wellbeing of forests in a sustainable manner.
We are continuously in contact with a variety of stakeholders, such as forest owners, authorities, researchers, various organisations and associations, educational institutions, local communities and many other parties who are interested in our operations. All of these dialogues are valuable and provide us an opportunity to review our operations from different perspectives and to develop our practices. Learn more about our stakeholder cooperation from UPM's annual report.
Forest owners decide what we can do in their forests
We purchase wood from private forest owners and manage their forests in Finland. We listen to their needs and requests closely, taking their needs into account when preparing them action plan proposals. When discussing with them to support their decision making we are able to share our knowledge gathered over many years of managing UPM forests and from various joint projects with researchers and organisations. Feedback from our customers regarding our way of worging and the quality of our work is an essential part of our operations development.
- Forestry is like running a marathon finds forest owner Antti Niemelä (in Finnish)
- Own forest is best forest says fores owner André Forsström (in Finnish)
- Forest owner Antti Ruissalo likes to see his forest also digitally (in Finnish)
- Forest owner Liisa Niskanen lives in the middle of her forests (in Finnish)
- Forests managed now by Timo Kalima have been a valuable property for many generations (in Finnish)
- Forest owners Janika and Rami Hanniala wanted to make grandfarther's forest productive (in Finnish)
- For the town Hämeenlinna the forests are a as green gold (in Finnish)
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Forest owners have different targets (in Finnish)
In forest with a forest owner (in Finnish)
A versatile forest full of life means happiness for the forest owner (in Finnish)
Game oriented forest management plan supports biodiversity (in Finnish)
Our contractors and their personnel act as an important link between UPM and the forest owners. The contractors work in forests and ensure that all operations are carried out by respecting the property of the forest owner and nature, as well as the relevant laws, regulations and UPM guidelines. Experiences of field operators are valuable when developing new operating methods.
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Taking care of the wellbeing of the forest is a shared responsibility (in Finnish)
Authorities set the boundaries and steer the operations
Our operations are based on laws, regulations, certification standards and our internal guidelines. Our personnel and contractors are familiar with these requirements and can keep the forest owners informed; often they can also take care of paper work required on behalf of the customer.
We are in regular contact, for example, with officials and specialists from the Ministry of the Environment and the local Centres for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment when determining the borders of valuable habitats and natural habitats for endangered species. Our experts also prepare proposals for areas to be protected in the company forests to the Ministry or local Centres for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment. Such proposals we prepare also on behalf of our customers. The Ministry of the Environment is responsible conservation status and for deciding which habitats and areas are accepted in the conservation programmes in Finland.
- Bioeconomy and clean solutions are part of the Government Programme of Prime Minister Juha Sipilä's Government
- The goals of the Ministry of the Environment
- Strategies and progremmes of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry
- Forest legislation in Finland
- Tasks of the Centre for Economic Development, Transportand the Environment in relation to environment
- Forest Biodiversity Programme for Southern Finland (METSO)
We promote forest certification
UPM has been involved in developing forest certification since the 1990s, when work towards standardisation began in Finland. Forest certification is an excellent tool for promoting sustainable forestry and for demonstrating to our consumers and downstream processors that the raw materials used in our products are legally sourced from sustainably managed forests.
We promote all responsible forest certification schemes. On a global scale, the two major certification schemes are FSC® (FSC C 109750) and PEFCTM. Our target is to increase the use of certified wood so that all sourced wood will be certified by 2030. To reach this target we participate actively in the development of standards as well as offering forest certification to forest owners according to their needs. This is also the aim of the global partnership agreement between UPM and FSC International.
All forests owned by UPM are covered by PEFC and/or FSC certificates. In addition, we manage our own FSC and PEFC certification groups, which private forest owners are welcome to join. We are responsible for ensuring that the forests covered in the certififace are managed with the applied standards, as well as contacts with the FSC and PEFC auditors, whose task it is to verify that our operations meet the standard requirements.
- Growing interest in FSC® group cerification
- External audits ensure forest certification quality
- UPM develops forest certification together with its stakeholders
- UPM and FSC® announce a global strategic partnership
- Global partnership agreement with FSC®: a natural part of UPM’s responsibility strategy
- PEFC, an effective environmental movement
- UPM Biofuels and WWF Finland together promote certification of wood-based biofuels
- UPM promotes FSC forest certification in Finland
- UPM prepares its own PEFC certification group
- Over 100,000 hectares of private forests certified under UPMs FSC® group certificate in Finland
- UPM expands its forest services in Finland by obtaining FSC® certification
- UPM awarded FSC® certificate for company's forests in Finland
- UPM applies for FSC certification for its own forests in Finland
- UPM tests the Finnish FSC standard in company forests
- UPM's position as frontrunner in ecolabelled products is further strengthened
- UPM to start selling FSC certified plywood in the UK and France
- UPM's Parallel field testing of forest certification standards indicates: Five standards promote economic, social and environmental forest management with differences in emphasis
- UPM to begin parallel certification field testing in three countries
- UPM aims at increased use of certified fibre in all its mills
- The world's first PEFC certfied products from Schauman Wood Lahti to Holland
- UPM-Kymmene's wood raw material and plywood producer receive the right to use the world's first PEFC logo
Watch the videos:
Plannind a FSC® stand for cutting
FSC® and regeneration felling
FSC® forest management plan
FSC® and forestry
FSC® and water bodies
FSC® and peatland and mires
Operations development requires collaboration, research and testing
Researchers at universities and research institutes carry out continuous, high-quality research to improve forest management methods and approaches, and to investigate the impacts of forestry. Simulations are often used nowadays, but impact assessment also requires field trials and suitable sites in which to conduct them. UPM forests located around Finland complement research institutes' own networks and can offer excellent test environments for various research projects.
Maintaining of the species and valuable habitats in our forests interests researchers, environmental organisations and us alike. For years, we have implemented joint projects with various parties aimed at developing new ways to enhance biodiversity in commercial forests. Learn more from the section Protecting life in forests.
Collaborating with machine and equipment manufacturers is another major part of our operations development. Introduction of new, safe and efficient methods requires new functionalities from machines and equipment. Collaboration with specialists in different fields also enables us to develop new types of services for our forest owner customers.
- Creating UPM Metsäni app to evaluate the value of the forest was a joint effort
- Three months since Slush: some of the start-up spirit has rubbed off on us
- UPM challenges startups to view forest from a new perspective at Slush
- NordicEdu develops a mobile game for UPM and the Guides and Scouts of Finland
- UPM and transport contractors work together to develop new safe and efficient transport solutions
Watch the videos:
Figure out in a second the value of your forest (in Finnish)
Testing the timber truck of the future (subtitled in English)
Local communities are interested in our operations
Each year, we organise hundreds of events where we can meet forest owners and other people interested in forestry issues. We participate in local events and fairs and arrange different demonstrations to inform people of our services and way of operating. More information about these events is available from our website www.upmmetsa.fi.
Our activities have impacts, and harvesting near to residential areas requires particularly careful planning. Changes in the landscape can provoke debate, and particular attention must be given to safety. Depending on the site, we and the forest owners inform the closest neighbours about the starting time of the operations and safety information related to the operations before we start our work, either by mail, via the local media or by arranging public discussions. If there is a school or a day-care centre near the work site, we will visit them to discuss what the children and teachers should keep in mind to ensure the safety of all parties.
Versatile collaboration with schools and educational institutions
Teachers often like to take their pupils to the forest to explore in real life the things they have learnt in class. UPM forests are perfectly suited to such activities, and our forest professionals can often join the class and act as guides during the excursion. Planting trees has been a exciting event for many schoolchildren. We also participate in the Finnish Forest Association's Forest Quiz, which attracts hundreds of schoolchildren from around the country each year.
Universities and educational institutions train new professionals for the industry. Each year, we welcome dozens of students to come and write their thesis for UPM or learn about the working life as trainees. Learn more from the section Working in the forest.
- UPM and the Guides and Scouts of Finland start cooperation - a mobile game about forests to be designed
- UPM plants thousands of trees with school children
- UPM and ENO Environment Online plant trees with schoolchildren in UK, Uruguay and Finland
- UPM and its stakeholders plant trees together
- A commitment to last many seasons - UPM supports tree planting around the world
- UPM Forest Life receives certificate of honour in e-Eemeli eLearning competition
- Our future grows on forests
We follow actively the international forest discussion and participate in different forums to share or forest know-how and to learn from the others. Examples of our international collaboration are the partnership agreement with FSC International and the UN Business and Biodiversity Initiative.