How responsible are the wood fibres used for fine paper production?

Result: 36% of the achievable points for this section
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  • The company has a policy in place to eliminate all controversial sources
  • All fibres for fine paper production are either certified or meet the FSC Controlled Wood standard
  • UPM conducts social and environmental performance assessments for all its pulp suppliers, including audits of suppliers considered risky
  • In late 2009 UPM launched its first fine paper grade based on recycled fibre
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  • UPM does not have a target for overall recycled fibre and post-consumer recycled fibre use levels for fine paper production
  • UPM does not have a specific target for FSC certified fibre content for fine paper production
  • UPM made a public commitment toward certification (FSC and PEFC), but not a clear commitment towards FSC and preferential sourcing of FSC wood fibres
  • UPM does not commit to survey their market pulp suppliers with the WWF Paper Scorecard, however the company applies its own scheme

Company snapshot

Origin: Finland
Main markets: Europe, Asia Pacific, North America
Origin of mills: China, Finland, France, Germany
Main product brands: Future, Yes, UPM Office

How clean and efficient is the production of fine paper?

Result: 51% of the achievable points for this section
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  • UPM has a low amount of water consumption (30 m³) to produce a tonne of fine paper
  • UPM produces less landfill waste per tonne of fine paper than any other company listed publicly
  • COD emissions to water (8.9 kg per tonne of fine paper) are low compared to other fine paper producers
  • UPM can give figures on CO2 emissions for land use and land use change due to fibre harvesting for their forests in Finland
  • UPM surveys pulp suppliers on environmental parameters on clean production
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  • UPM does not differentiate its energy use by energy type
  • UPM does not use Totally Chlorine Free (TCF) pulp, but enhanced ECF pulp. However, due to biological waste water treatment AOX emissions are low
  • UPM does not commit to survey their market pulp suppliers with the WWF Paper Scorecard on parameters for clean production

Environmental management systems and transparency

Result: 77% of the achievable points for this section
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  • All UPM fine paper mills have ISO 14001 or EMAS certified environmental management systems in place
  • UPM has published scorecards for several fine paper grades
  • UPM has provided all the information requested by WWF for the purposes of assessing the company in the Index
  • UPM published detailed environmental statements for 2 out of 4 fine paper mills
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  • UPM reports publicly its overall certified fibre share, but does not differentiate by certification scheme
  • UPM does not inform publicly on its target on recycled fibre use

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