We value diversity and strive for an inclusive culture and working environment. We respect the privacy of our employees and promote equal opportunities and objectivity in employment and career development. All UPM employees are treated as individuals regardless of gender, age, ethnic origin, or nationality, and we welcome the talent of people of various competences and backgrounds to our global team. Promoting diversity and inclusiveness at the workplace is not only the right thing to do, it is also a prerequisite for our business success.
Diversity and inclusion
Developing a diverse and inclusive workplace
It is important to employ people with different competences, backgrounds and experiences and of different genders, ages and nationalities to bring together multiple views and improve decision-making and business success. UPM regularly reviews its diversity status and defines intent for each business and function. Diversity and inclusion are included in the regular management team self-assessments. Inclusive behaviour is integrated into key UPM leadership development programmes and emphasised in UPM Code of Conduct training. We are also committed to developing a diverse and inclusive workplace through the Finnish Diversity Charter.
To further develop inclusive leadership and culture, UPM started a dialogue with management teams in 2019 and this work will continue in 2020. Approximately 600 people participated in the dialogue in autumn 2019. Workshops have shown that diversity is often simplified as a gender, nationality or age issue, but there are many invisible factors in each individual’s background, such as work history, personal experiences, language and so on. There are stereotypes, prejudices and personal experiences that may be difficult to recognise, but which affect our decisions and behaviour.
However, diversity without inclusion will not improve performance in the way that is expected of diverse teams. Also, we cannot bring the best out of people and their potential without inclusive culture.
If UPMers ensure that team members are encouraged to contribute to company development and ideas are listened to, diversity becomes a big asset.
Discrimination in the workplace can take many forms. We aim to develop our working environment and local conditions to ensure diverse and inclusive working environment. Our approach to promoting diversity and inclusion includes policy commitment through our Code of Conduct and other company policies, our social responsibility targets, inclusive leadership and recruitment, and retention and development of female talent.
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Recognised by Bloomberg
In January 2021 we were selected among the 380 listed companies in the Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index (GEI) as one of the two Finnish companies. 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.