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

In September 2018 we were again honoured to be named a Global Compact LEAD company for our committed engagement to the United Nations Global Compact, the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative. UPM is one of only 34 global companies to receive this recognition alongside other leading corporations.

UPM has enjoyed LEAD status since January 2016. We are the only forest industry enterprise and the first Finnish company to be invited to join this distinguished network.

To be eligible for LEAD recognition, companies are expected to be active on at least two Global Compact Action Platforms. They must also demonstrate engagement in defining and fostering leadership practices in line with the Global Compact Ten Principles and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In addition, they must report annually on their progress in implementing the Ten Principles.

UPM participates in two Action Platforms: Reporting on the SDGs and Decent work in global supply chains. The Decent Work Action Platform members have today published their commitment to advance responsible supply chains and a Baseline Report describing the challenges and opportunities of this work. Read more here.

The Reporting on the SDGs Action Platform has already earlier published two reports and a guidance document for SDG reporting.

For more information, please check

UN Global Compact LEAD website

UPM press release 24th September 2018

Gold Class distinctions in RobecoSAM's Sustainability Yearbook 2019

In February 2019 we were listed in the RobecoSAM Sustainability Yearbook 2019, achieving the Gold Class distinction. We were one of the top-scoring companies in our industry and receive this recognition for our excellent sustainability performance.  The evaluation is made by using RobecoSAM’s annual Corporate Sustainability Assessment (CSA).

Read more: RobecoSAM Sustainability Yearbook 2019 

Dow Jones Sustainability Index

The Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI)

lists sustainability leaders from each industry, both on a global and regional level.

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

On the 13 September 2018, UPM was listed as the forest and paper industry leader in the Dow Jones European and World Sustainability Indices for 2018-2019, now for the sixth time.

Read more on our press release on 13 September 2018


UPM gains valuable sustainability recognitions by Corporate Knights and CDP


United Nations recognises UPM as one of 34 Global Compact LEAD companies


UPM recognised as the industry's most responsible company in the global Dow Jones Sustainability Index Leader in responsibility


Corporate Knights - 100 most sustainable corporations

In January 2019 we were ranked on the 23rd place in the list of 100 most sustainable corporations by the Corporate Knights, the Canadian-based media and research company. We are the only company listed in the Paper and Forest Products category. 

Corporate Knights analysed some 7,500 companies with revenues more than USD 1 billion. The Global 100 Index use determined quantitative sustainability indicators, including carbon productivity (revenue-to-tonne-CO2 ratio), the percentage of taxes paid and board gender diversity, for example. 50 per cent of each company’s score measures the percentage of revenues earned from products and services that have environmental or well-defined social benefits.

Read more on UPM press release 22 January 2019

More information about Corporate Knights and the 100 ranking


Water Efficiency Frontrunner in China 

In January 2018 we were selected as a Water Efficiency Frontrunner in Jiangsu Province and China at large. 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. In total, 11 companies received this highest level of recognition in China. UPM is the first and only company to be awarded this title in Jiangsu Province.

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.

CDP Programme – Forest, Climate and Water

In 2019 CDP recognised more than 150 corporates as the pioneers acting on climate change, water security and deforestation. In this evaluation we were recognised among the global leaders on the CDP Forest A List for our actions to tackle deforestation in our supply chain.

Read UPM press release 22 January 2019.

With regard climate change CDP recognised us with a leadership position A- and with regard water security with B. 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. In 2018 over 7,000 companies with over 50 per cent of global market capitalisation disclosed environmental data through CDP.

Read more on CDP’s website.  

Euronext Vigeo Europe 120 Index

UPM has been listed on the Euronext Vigeo Europe 120 Index since 2015. This index recognizes companies achieving advanced standards of excellence in Environmental, Social and Governance performance. The 330 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.​