upm forestAn evergreen future – The role of forests as carbon sinks

When it comes to combating climate change, the significance of forests is widely known. Understanding the mechanics of how forests grow and thrive helps us assess their value as so-called ‘carbon sinks’ that act as natural reservoirs to trap carbon.

Carbon dioxide is the most significant greenhouse gas in the world. Global efforts to mitigate climate change focus on lowering carbon dioxide emissions, particularly those coming from the use of fossil fuels.

BANDERA UPMUnited Nations recognises UPM as one of the 36 Global Compact LEAD participants demonstrating world-class commitment to corporate responsibility

(UPM, Helsinki, 23 September 2019 at 9:30 EET) — UPM will today be recognised as a Global Compact LEAD participant for its strong commitment to the United Nations Global Compact and its Ten Principles for responsible business. The recognition will be addressed to only 36 global companies at the Global Compact Leaders Summit in New York. UN Global Compact is the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative.

industria madereraSerrín de aserraderos para producir un biocombustible apto para el transporte

Desde 2008, la compañía holandesa BTG BioLiquids (BTG-BTL) y la multinacional británica TechnipFMC, asociada principalmente a procesos tecnológicos en torno a los combustibles fósiles, trabajan en el desarrollo de nuevas tecnologías de producción de biocarburantes. Ambas anuncian que el conseguido a partir de madera y un proceso que emplea pirólisis rápida tendrá su primera fábrica de producción lista en Suecia para 2021. No sería la primera que produce biocarburantes a partir de madera, ya que al menos una de UPM en Finlandia lo hace desde 2015.

dedication and personal upmDedication and personal development at UPM Plywood millsDedication and personal development at UPM Plywood mills

Production manager Saila Tiihonen supervises one of the three UPM Pellos mills. “Career opportunities have always been readily available. You decide which path to focus on and how to develop yourself professionally,” she says.

Growing up in Ristiina by Lake Saimaa, Saila Tiihonen became familiar with the UPM Pellos plywood mills at a young age. A long-standing and important employer in the region, UPM Pellos began operations as a chipboard mill in 1964. Since then, it has gone on to become the largest manufacturer of softwood plywood in Europe.

papel itusaA tale of two cultures

While the fundamentals of the tissue paper business are largely the same in both Europe and China, consumers’ differing needs and demands have created distinct markets. Read on to understand why there is more to tissues, than what you see on the surface.

At USD 246 billion global revenue last year, tissue and hygiene paper is big business. As global population levels continue growing and standards of living rise, there is steadily growing demand for tissue paper products, especially toilet paper.

banderaupmUPM maintains its industry leader position in the global Dow Jones Sustainability Index


UPM maintains its industry leader position in the global Dow Jones Sustainability Index

(UPM, Helsinki, 16 September 2019 at 08:00 EET)  – UPM has been listed as the forest and paper industry leader in the Dow Jones European and World Sustainability Indices (DJSI) for 2019-2020.

“DJSI is an esteemed, global index measuring corporate sustainability. First of all, I would like to thank all UPMers for their valuable contribution to this recognition,” notes Sami Lundgren, VP, UPM Responsibility.

upm543Business acumen and ethics: Online courses develop young people’s economic skills for working life

Economy, work life and responsibility issues are often unfamiliar concepts for young students. Teaching materials provided by national influencer Economy and youth TAT and UPM are helping to answer questions on the business world and society.

Understanding the economy, skills for working life and entrepreneurial mindset are becoming increasingly important in Finland. Companies need a competent work force, both in Finland and internationally. Despite this increasing need for skilled employees, young people and their teachers feel that schools are not providing enough education on economy and working life. These skills should be learnt at home.