​​​​​​Engaging with communities

Our local sponsorship focuses on communities in which we have an active presence. Our activities are primarily aimed at ensuring the wellbeing of the surrounding community. 

Uruguay Foundation

The Uruguayan UPM Foundation supports and encourages training, entrepreneurship, employment, healthy living and entertainment in local communities in rural Uruguay.  Our specific focus is on improving education (particularly the technical education) on local communities. Our projects include a teacher training programme in Fray Bentos, basic professional training in mechatronics in Fray Bentos, professional training for drivers and support of organic food production in the Arevalo community.


Children’s after school sports clubs

We support children’s after school sports clubs in order to provide as many children as possible the opportunity to participate in recreational afternoon activities. We donate money to cover trainers’ fees, equipment and facility costs particularly in our largest production locations in Lappeenranta, Kouvola and Rauma in Finland. The project is coordinated by the Finnish Olympic Committee.


Co-operation with Birdlife

We co-operate with expert networks locally and internationally. We are carrying out dozens of local projects with BirdLife, especially in regions where we are active as a landowner or procuring wood.


Supporting local communities

The various projects we support include the SOS Kinderdorf (Children’s Villages) in Augsburg, Germany, the Icehearts children’s organisation in Tampere, Finland, as well as numerous local sports clubs such as Valkeakosken Haka, Pietarsaaren Jaro and Rauman Lukko in Finland. In Uruguay, we collaborate with WWF in the New Generation Plantations Project to promote new plantation practices.