As a global company impacting people, nature and the economy – both locally and globally – we see it as our duty to actively co-operate with a number of associations and initiatives on a local and global level.
Cooperation on many levels
Promoting stakeholder dialogue through our memberships
We actively seek to maintain and develop good relations with our various stakeholders. The company’s key stakeholders are employees, customers, investors, suppliers, local communities, non-governmental organisations, media, governments and regulators.
Being a committed member of industry and business associations as well as other networks and initiatives is an important way to participate in the dialogue with our stakeholders at a national, EU and global level.
UPM is a member of a number of national industry associations, which engage with policy makers on key issues related to climate change, energy efficiency, renewable energy as well as to bio and circular economy. UPM's global spend on membership fees of industry and trade associations was 4.9 million euros in 2020.
Finnish Forest Industries Federation - FFIF
UPM is a member of Finnish Forest Industries Federation FFIF. FFIF is an organisation for forestry industry in Finland promoting forest industry's competitiveness both in Finland and abroad. FFIF's activities cover labor market policies, forest-related issues, energy and environmental regulation, as well as general issues relating to competitiveness. UPM's membership fee in 2020 was 2,1 million euros.
Confederation of European Paper Industries - CEPI
UPM is a member of the Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI), a Brussels-based organisation for the promotion of the paper and pulp industry in the European Union. CEPI's activities cover forest-related issues, energy and environmental regulation, as well as general issues relating to competitiveness. UPM's membership fee in 2020 in CEPI was 300.000 euros.
Industry associations in Germany
Europe's largest national paper industry is based in Germany, where UPM is actively shaping the future of the paper business. UPM acts in various bodies of the German Paper Association (VDP), Bavarian Paper Mills Association (VBP) and Northern German Paper Association (VNP). These associations represent the interest of more than 160 member companies. The annual membership fees sum up to approximately 1.1 million euros. Winfried Schaur, Executive Vice President, UPM Communication Papers, was elected the Chairman of VDP in 2016.
Other national industry associations
UPM is also a member of a number of national industry associations, such as the UK Paper Federation (CPI), Austropapier and the American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA). In China, UPM is a member of the China Paper Association (CPA) and of the SPF in Uruguay. Annual membership fees in these associations are typically less than 100.000 euros.
European Chemical Industry Council - CEFIC
UPM Biochemicals is a member of Cefic, the European Chemical Industry Council, founded in 1972, which is the voice of large, medium and small chemical companies across Europe.
Advanced Biofuels Coalition - LSB
UPM is founding member of LSB, advanced biofuels coalition which brings together 11 companies from nine countries to promote regulation related to uptake of advanced biofuels in the EU.
We are globally active in co-operation with different sustainability and environmental associations and initiatives. Co-operation aimes to maintain consistent quality in opeartions and products in environmental and respossibility issues, securing the prerequisites for future activities.
Baltic Sea Action Group - BSAG
UPM as a global, responsible company is a member of the Baltic Sea Action Group. The Baltic Sea Action Group (BSAG, officially called The Foundation for Living Baltic Sea) is an independent, non-profit foundation established in 2008 with a home base in Finland. The mission of BSAG is to revive the ecological state of the entire Baltic Sea.
In March 2016 we published the third commitment for BSAG and in March 2019 we confirmed that we continue the good co-operation. Read more on our press release 22 March 2019.
One of our 2030 environmental responsibility targets is to use only recycled nutrients at our biological waste water treatment plants. We aim to find recycled nutrients from local sources, thus reducing local eutrophication in the best case and in any case promoting circular economy.
More information about our Commitments can be found from BSAG commitment bank.
Biodiversity in Good Company
The Business and Biodiversity Initiative 'Biodiversity in Good Company' was founded under the auspices of the German presidency of the 9th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in May 2008. UPM is one of the founder members of Biodiversity in Good Company. The initiative is targeted at promoting business engagement for the protection of biological diversity.
UPM is partnering with BirdLife as a part of its global biodiversity program. UPM co-operates with expert networks locally and internationally. BirdLife is a global organization that is uniting a network of environmental organisations and experts. UPM is carrying out dozens of local projects with BirdLife, especially in regions where UPM is operating as a landowner or procuring wood.
CEO Water Mandate
UPM has been a member of CEO Water Mandate since 2009. The CEO Water Mandate seeks to build an international movement of committed companies, both leaders and learners, interested in addressing the global water crisis. In this spirit, the initiative is open to industry sectors and companies who are members of the UN Global Compact.
UPM is a member of Cleantech Finland, a network comprising nearly 100 Finnish companies that focus on environmental business. Cleantech Finland links leading Cleantech experts and channels Finnish expertise to meet global demand.
UPM is a member of Corporate Responsibility Network FIBS, a leading non-profit corporate responsibility network in Finland, founded in 2000. FIBS promotes financially, socially and ecologically sustainable business in Finland by supporting its members' CR strategy and initiatives. FIBS is a member of CSR Europe, CSR 360 Global Partner Network, Global Reporting Initiative GRI and also GRI's Data Partner in Finland.
Renewable Carbon Initiative - RCI
UPM Biochemicals is member of RCI, the Renewable Carbon Initiative. The aim of RCI is to support and speed up the transition from fossil carbon to renewable carbon for all organic chemicals and materials. The initiative wants to drive this message, initiating further actions by bringing stakeholders together, providing information and shaping policy to strive for a climate-neutral circular economy.
Together for Sustainability - TfS
We are a member of Together for Sustainability (TfS), a chemical industry initiative that promotes and improves sustainability practises within its supply chains. TfS has established a standard approach for evaluating and improving the sustainabilty performance of suppliers. Evaluation covers key areas such as environmental impact, health and safety, labour and human rights as well as management and governance.
As a member of this initiative we can share a wide coverage of supplier data, such as audit reports and sustainability assessments performed by independent experts.
Read more on UPM press release 5th July 2018
UN Business and Biodiversity initiative
UPM signed the UN Business and Biodiversity Initiative, established in 2008, at the ninth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 9) in Bonn, Germany. The Conference of the Parties is the governing body of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).
UN Global Compact
Since 2003, UPM has been a signatory of the United Nations Global Compact initiative, a global network of businesses and other stakeholders from around the world committed to sustainability and responsible business practices. The core values of the Global Compact are presented as ten principles, which cover human rights, labour standards, the environment and anti-corruption.
In April 2017 UN Global Compact and DNV GL launched a joint digital platform, Global Opportunity Explorer which offers direct access to the most innovative solutions and markets opportunities for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which again create great value to the societies and environment.
UPM BioVerno, the renewable diesel and UPM GrowDex, a wood-based cellulose nanofibril hydrotel for 3D cell culturing and other biomedical solution were among the first cases invited in this platform. On the platform each solution is concretely connected to a number of SDGs. Go and explore how our products are valued.
UN Global Compact LEAD
As of 1 January 2016 UPM has been a member of UN Global Compact LEAD. UPM is the first forest industry company and also the first Finnish company ever having received an invitation to LEAD.
Global Compact LEAD is a unique leadership platform within the United Nations Global Compact that strongly promotes the integration of sustainability into business strategies. At the moment the 50 most sustainably advanced companies across geographical regions and industry sectors have been invited to LEAD. The total number of member companies at UN Global Compact is approximately 8000.
UN Global Compact Finland network
We are a member of UN’s Global Compact Finland network, established in September 2018. Sami Lundgren, VP, UPM Responsibility acts as the Chairman of the Board of this network.
Vida Silvestre and UPM´s plantation forestry company Forestal Oriental have entered in into a three-year co-operation project on the conservation of environment in Uruguay. The main purpose of the co-operation is to contribute to the sustainable development of natural resources in the long term. UPM and Vida Silvestre are also looking for partnerships with other public or privatestakehodlers to facilitate more efficient management of biodiversity.
UPM joins Together for Sustainability (TfS) initiative to enhance sustainability in its supply chains
UPM and WWF work together on a number of projects, such as: Check your paper tool, New Generation Plantations Platform (NGP) and Rivers for Life project (UPM Raflatac in Poland), and is co-operating with WWF Finland.
The China Sustainable Paper Alliance (CSPA)
The China Sustainable Paper Alliance (CSPA) was initiated by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and China National Forestry Industry Federation. The alliance accepted its first members in September 2015, UPM being one of them. The companies in the alliance commit to sourcing raw material and producing paper and pulp sustainably and using only products which has been produced accordingly.
Forest Stewardship Council® - FSC®
In May 2017 UPM signed a global strategic partnership with the Forest Stewardship Council®(FSC) to develop solutions for advancing the uptake of FSC in the market. The partnership aims at delivering benefits to forest owners through FSC certification and to increase the FSC-certified wood supply.
Read the UPM press release 17 May 2017 .
FSC® is an independent, non-profit organization that protects forests for future generations. FSC is an open, membership-led organization that sets standards under which forests and companies are certified. UPM is also a member of the FSC International.
Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification - PEFC ™
PEFC ™ (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification schemes) is an international forest certification system that promotes environmentally, socially and economically sustainable forestry throughout the world. About ten percent of the world's forests are certified - and the two-thirds, or about 245 million hectares of PEFC in accordance with EU requirements. PEFC-certified forests can be found in dozens of countries.
Finnish Standards Association - SFS
The Finnish Standards Association (SFS) is the central standardization organization that controls and co-ordinates national standardization work in Finland. SFS develops, approves and publishes national SFS standards. It also sells standards and communicates information about the standards and standardization to the public.
Finnish mirror committee of ISO/TC 207 environmental management
UPM is member of the ISO Working Group on Finland and actively participates in ISO's product-footprint models, standardization work and especially the carbon dioxide and water related issues. ISO is the example used in UPM's results in a water footprint study in their own work.
European Committee for Standardization - CEN
CEN, the European Committee for Standardization, is an association that brings together the National Standardization Bodies of 33 European countries. CEN is one of three European Standardization Organizations (together with CENELEC and ETSI) that have been officially recognized by the European Union and by the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) as being responsible for developing and defining voluntary standards at European level.
Kemesta is the chemical, forest and paint industry standardization association in Finland. Kemesta is responsible for coordinating the national work in the field of chemical, forest and paint industry standardization, both on the European (CEN) and international (ISO) level. Kemesta is a standards writing body for Finnish Standards Association SFS.
Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials
In December 2016 UPM became a member of RSB, the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials. RSB is a global standard and certification scheme for sustainable production of biomaterials and biofuels. It is also an independent multi-stakeholder coalition, which works to support the sustainability of biomaterials.
RSB is considered one of the strongest sustainability schemes, verifying that biomaterials are ethical, sustainable, and credibly sourced. It is also one of the EU approved voluntary schemes for biofuels to show compliance with sustainability requirements set for the production of biofuels in the EU's Renewable Energy Directive.
Read more on UPM press release 7 December 2016.
UN Global Compact Business Ambition for 1.5°C
In January 2020 we published our commitment to the United Nations Global Compact’s Business Ambition for 1.5°C. We will strive to mitigate climate change and drive value creation through innovating novel products, committing to a 65% CO2 emission reduction and by practicing sustainable forestry. The 1.5°C ambition is a response to increasing concern about the severe consequences of a failure to stop global warming.
All companies who are committed to the Business Ambition promise to pursue science-based measures to limit global temperature rise to 1.5°C. We were able to make this commitment thanks to the scenario analysis on forests and emissions that we carried in 2019. Back then we also applied for the approval for or 65% emission reduction target from the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi). In November we received the approval from SBTi that our new target is aligned with the Paris Agreement goal to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees.
UPM signed the WBCSD (World Business Council for Sustainable Development) WASH Pledge in December 2014. By signing the Pledge we ensure that UPM is a safe and healthy workplace, where our employees have access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene in all premises under our direct control. We also want to increase the awareness and knowledge of the importance of safe water and good sanitation & hygiene everywhere at UPM.
The three-year-WASH-programme was closed in December 2017. During the programme, the WASH conditions were evaluated in all UPM's production sites, sales offices and terminals and at the facilities of UPM Forestry and Wood Sourcing. The results confirm that the standards regarding water, sanitation and hygiene are on a very high level everywhere at UPM. A few improvement areas were identified and corrected respectively, most of them in the area of hygiene trainings and incresing the general awareness of our and contractors' employees.
Also as part of this programme, some new recommendations were made in our global safety standards and guidelines. In the future the WASH related issues will be followed-up and developed as part of internal audits performed by the Occupational Health and Safety organisation.
The results and progress of this programme has been regularly reported to UPM's own personnel and the WBCSD.
More about the WBCSD WASH Pledge
UPM's global spend on commercial sponsorships was 193, 000 euros in 2020. This entails UPM businesses’ memberships and involvement in customer associations, partnerships with customer associations and their various projects, as well as sponsorships of customer awards and events.
Water stewardship commitment
In Finland, UPM has in March 2018 published its commitment to responsible water use. The water stewardship commitment challenges companies to identify their water related risks in their value chains, to ensure sustainable water use of their employees and all parties they operate with, and to develop sustainable water management together with the stakeholders. The commitment is founded by Aalto University, Natural Resources Institute Finland, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, WWF Finland and Ministry of the Environment. These organisations promote responsible water use in their operations and encourage companies in their water management efforts.