Acknowledged industry leader

Our committed work has brought us recognition as an industry leader in international indices assessing various aspects of responsibility.


​Top listing in key indices

Over the past few years UPM’s performance and consistent work in the field of corporate responsibility has received recognition from many external parties. Here are some examples:

UN Global Compact LEAD Participant 2021

In September 2021 we were again recognised as a Global Compact LEAD participant for our strong engagement to the United Nations Global Compact, the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative. UPM is among the 37 global companies to receive this recognition alongside other leading corporations. 

We have had the LEAD participant status since 2016 and are still the only forest industry company and the only Finnish company in this distinguished network.

To be eligible for a LEAD participant, companies must join at least two Global Compact Action Platforms. We have participated to two Action Platforms: "Climate Ambition" and "Decent Work in Global Supply Chains". Companies also need to demonstrate engagement with the initiative and commitment to defining and fostering leadership practices in line with the Global Compact Ten Principles and the Sustainable Development Goals. In addition, the companies are to report on their progress on implementing the Ten Principles on annual basis.

For more information, please check

UN Global Compact website

UPM press release 20 September 2021

Gold Class distinction in S&P Global's Sustainability Yearbook 2022

In February 2022 we were recognised with a Gold Class distiction in The Sustainability Yearbook 2022 by S&P Global. We were one of the top-scoring companies in our industry and receive this recognition for our excellent sustainability performance. 

In 2022, more than 2,100 companies, representing over 45% of global market capitalisation, participated in the Corporate Sustainability Assessment, and over 7,500 companies in total were assessed for potential inclusion in the Yearbook. 

Read more: The Sustainability Yearbook 2022

Dow Jones Sustainability Index

The Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) lists top-performing companies in sustainability from each sector, both on a global and regional level.

The annual review of the DJSI is based on a thorough analysis of corporate environmental, social and governance performance, assessing issues such as climate change mitigation, supply chain standards, labour practices, corporate governance and risk management.

On the 15 November 2021, UPM was listed as the forest and paper industry leader in the Dow Jones European and World Sustainability Indices for 2021 - 2022. 

Read more on our press release.

AAA in MSCI ESG ratings

In 2021, UPM received a rating of AAA in the MSCI ESG Ratings assessment.

MSCI ESG Research provides MSCI ESG ratings on global public and a few private companies on a scale of AAA (leader) to CCC (laggard), according to exposure to industry-specific ESG risks and the ability to manage those risks relative to peers.

Learn more about: MSCI ESG ratings

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Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index (GEI)

In January 2022 we were selected among the 418 listed companies in the Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index (GEI) as one of the two Finnish companies. UPM has been selected in the index for four times in a row. The index lists the most committed companies to transparency in gender reporting and advancing women’s equality. We acknowledge that diversity is becoming increasingly important topic for many of our stakeholders and are committed to continuously improve our reporting and show the progress of our work transparently.

Read more about the index here.

Water Efficiency Frontrunner in China 

UPM has been recognised as a Water Efficiency Frontrunner in Jiangsu Province and China at large. This recognition has been issued twice since 2018, and UPM is the only paper company in China to receive this recognition both times. The qualification process, including on-site audits and a review of all relevant documentation, was done by the China Ministry of Industry and Information Technology and Ministry of Water Resources. As a frontrunner, we set the industry benchmark for the promotion of water efficiency in China.

Read more. 

Platinum level LEED® green building certification for UPM's head office Biofore House in Helsinki, Finland

In January 2019 our Biofore House in Helsinki was awarded a platinum level LEED® green building certification. It is the first platinum level certification achieved with version LEED v4 for Building Operations and Maintenance and third in Europe. The achieved certification level verifies the building’s excellent energy and environmental performance.


Bioenergy Industry Leadership award

In December 2017 UPM Biofuels was chosen as the Bioenergy Industry Leader at the 2017 Platts Global Energy Awards - often described as the Oscars of the energy industry. UPM Biofuels was nominated for its wood-based, low-emission advanced UPM BioVerno biofuels, and its one-of-a-kind commercial scale biorefinery in Lappeenranta, Finland. UPM outperformed energy companies from nearly 30 countries on four continents, including some of the world's leading energy giants.

Read more in UPM press release 8th December 2017.

Nordic bioeconomy - 25 cases for sustainable change

The Nordic Bioeconomy Panel under The Nordic Council of Ministers has chosen UPM BioVerno and GrowDex® for the Nordic bioeconomy - 25 cases for sustainable change catalogue. 

UPM BioVerno is a renewable diesel made of crude tall oil, a wood residue from pulp production. GrowDex® is a wood-based nanocellulose hydrogel developed for the needs of the pharmaceutical industry. 

Read more in UPM press release 19 January 2017.


In December 2021 CDP, a global non-profit organisation, recognised us on a Forests A List for tackling deforestation, with a score A- in water security and in climate for tackling climate change. We are one of a few high-performing companies out of nearly 12,000 that were scored with an A in the forest category. 

In February 2022 we received a Supplier Engagement Leader position in CDP’s Supplier Engagement Rating. The rating shows how effectively companies are engaging their suppliers on climate change. Only the top 8% of companies who disclosed to the full climate questionnaire received this recognition.  

By scoring businesses from A to D-, CDP evaluates organisations’ activities from being transparent; being aware of the issue; managing the issue and finally being the leader. As an international non-profit organisation CDP drives companies and governments to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, safeguard water resources and protect forests. 

Read more on our press release on 7th December 2021. 

Read more on CDP's website. 

Platinum level in responsibility assessment by EcoVadis

In July 2022 the global sustainability ratings provider EcoVadis recognised UPM on the highest possible Platinum level for its responsibility performance. 

EcoVadis’s methodology covers four categories: environment, labor and human rights, ethics and sustainable procurement and it’s based on leading standards, such as GRI, UN Global Compact and ISO 26000. The assessment process and methodology are supervised by an international scientific committee.  

UPM’s score increased by three points since last year and was 87/100 which is the highest in the company’s seven-year-history in the EcoVadis network. The Platinum score was addressed only to one per cent of over 90,000 companies assessed across over 160 countries and over 200 purchasing categories. 

EcoVadis acts as a trusted partner for procurement teams all over the world and helps the organisations to reduce risks and drive innovation in their responsibility activities. Also UPM Sourcing uses EcoVadis to assess its suppliers.

Read more on EcoVadis web site:

Read more on our press release 18 August 2022

Euronext Vigeo 

UPM has been listed on the Euronext Vigeo Europe 120 Index and Eurozone 120 Index. These indices recognize companies achieving advanced standards of excellence in Environmental, Social and Governance performance. Index components are reviewed every six months, in December and June.

A list of the full SRI index range can be viewed on the Euronext and Vigeo Eiris websites. 

Global Compact Stock Index

UPM has been included in the United Nations Global Compact 100 since 2013. Combining corporate sustainability and baseline financial performance, this global stock index recognizes 100 companies selected for their adherence to the Global Compact’s ten principles as well as evidence of executive leadership commitment and consistent baseline profitability.

UPM forest management practises recognised by FAO

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) recognised UPM for its exemplary forest management practices  in June 2015. The recognition was conferred by the Forestry General Direction of Uruguay as part of a National Workshop titled “Methodological Transfer of Exemplary Cases of Sustainable Forest Management”.

STOXX Global ESG Leaders Index

The STOXX Global ESG Leaders Index is a listing of leading global companies based on environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria and indicators provided by Sustainalytics. UPM has been listed since the launch of the index in 2011.​ 


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