UPM and the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC®) announced a global strategic partnership to develop solutions for advancing the uptake of FSC in the market. According to the announcement, UPM and FSC signed the partnership agreement on May 16, 2017 during the FSC international members meeting in Karkkila, Finland. The partnership aims at delivering benefits to forest owners through FSC certification and to increase the FSC-certified wood supply.
Heikki Vappula, EVP, UPM Biorefining, commented:
“UPM’s customers take a growing interest in the company’s environmental performance and the sustainability of its operations. Third-party verified certificates give them useful information about the responsibility of UPM products.
The global partnership is a natural continuation to UPM Biofore strategy and to our valuable cooperation with FSC. FSC certification is an excellent tool for promoting responsible forestry. Our joint target is to extend the use of the FSC system in general as well as to develop UPM forest management and solutions for group certification to expand in the Finnish private smallholder structure.”
To promote the certification of privately owned forests in Finland, UPM established an FSC group certification scheme in 2012. In 2016, the scheme (FSC C 109750) grew to cover about 300,000 hectares of private forest.
The company is largely focused on fibre- and biomass-based businesses, recyclable raw materials and products. UPM integrates bio and forest industries and operates across six business areas: UPM Biorefining, UPM Energy, UPM Raflatac, UPM Paper Asia, UPM Paper ENA (Europe and North America) and UPM Plywood.