People and society

People and society

For us at UPM, acting responsibly is much more than taking care of the environment. Responsible business means focusing on health and safety of our own personnel as well as our contractors and visitors. We have an open dialogue with customers, suppliers and the surrounding communities of our paper mills. Our engagement with communities is founded on decades of close cooperation. In many cases the community has grown around UPM's operations over the years. We aim to be a good neighbour to the surrounding communities. Every decision counts and can make a difference.

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​Biofore Share and Care

UPM's Biofore Share and Care program reflects our commitment to building a sustainable, innovation-driven future by sharing our expertise and assets for causes we care about. Sponsorships and donations are one way we do that. Our focus areas are: Reading & learning, engaging with communities, responsible water use and boosting bioinnovations. UPM's support can take different forms in different projects. It can be a cash contribution to support community projects, membership of community-related organisation or it can be donations of products or materials or employee volunteering or fundraising.

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​The Papermakers

UPM papers are produced by 11,000 paper professionals working at 19 modern and efficient mills in Europe, North America and Asia. Customer understanding, innovations, continuous improvement of efficiency and full utilisation of renewable raw materials are at the core of our sustainable operations.

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Our safety culture

​Our safety culture

Safety of both our own employees and contractors is essential for us. We have strict safety requirements which are applied to all employees as well as visitors and contractors working at UPM mills and other premises. Workplace safety can be improved through small changes in our everyday behaviour. At the same time simple choices can have a life-changing impact to ourselves, our colleagues and families. In the past few years our safety performance has remarkably improved. We continue working hard to achieve world class safety records and to create real safety culture at each of our paper mills.

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Local communities​

We operate globally with local impacts, and have responsibility embedded in our strategy. That means that we must always act and behave responsibly – with no exceptions. We work closely with the surrounding communities of our paper mills and have an open dialogue with the local people. The most important impacts are related to employment – directly and indirectly, logistics, raw materials supply and tax revenues. For example, in the small town of Rauma in Western Finland we generate district heating for the community, treat wastewater both our own and the people in the town and create stability for the local community by providing reliable employment.

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Responsible sourcing

​Wood is the primary raw material for UPM businesses, but we also purchase pulp, chemicals and recovered paper worldwide. Our sourcing network consists of suppliers ranging from private forest owners and local companies to large international corporations in many different countries. By working closely with our suppliers we ensure that they all understand and meet UPM's requirements on sustainability and responsibility.