Social responsibility

​A pulp mill gives a vital boost for the whole surrounding community. We focus on improving people’s livelihood, wellbeing and safety. Watch the video »

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​Occupational health and safety first

​One of the cornerstones of our unrivalled supply reliability is employee wellbeing and health as well as a safe working environment. We have been actively building our corporate culture making safety a natural part of everyday activities. In addition to our own employees, we also involve contractors and visitors in our safety thinking.

Focusing on preventive actions, UPM’s company-wide ‘Step Change in Safety’ campaign was a huge success from 2012 to 2014. During these three years, we were able to reduce lost-time accident frequency by 70%. Safety work continues to be one of our key focus areas with the aim to take safety from campaign mode to company-wide culture.

Good performance in safety is recognised in UPM with company-wide safety awards. The 2015 UPM Safety Award of the best improver was given to UPM Fray Bentos mill for improved safety culture.
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​UPM is actively involved in local development

​UPM impacts the surrounding communities directly and indirectly – and we want this impact to be positive. This is why we are maintaining continuous dialogue with the different stakeholders and taking an active role in the local economy. This means creating jobs, cooperating with nearby suppliers, buying wood from private landowners, partnering with local NGOs – and overall listening what the people have to say and taking action.

We are committed to responsible and ethical business practices wherever we operate. We respect international human and labour rights to create and maintain a healthy and safe workplace for our
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Road safety through simulation

UPM Forestal Oriental and the Technical University of Uruguay are developing a modern training programme to help new truck drivers avoid dangerous situations on the road. Read more »

Opening UPM Biofore stations in Uruguay

The “Palmares de Cuico” path was the first UPM Biofore station opened in Uruguay. The site is a part of an agreement between UPM’s plantation company Forestal Oriental and the government of the Paysandú region
to create and promote tourist areas.
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PEFCTM CoC, FSCR CoC, ISO 14001, EMAS, OHSAS 18001, product safety etc.They can be found through our Certificate Finder »
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​UPM Foundation works with local communities

​Founded in 2006, the UPM Foundation – Fundación UPM – promotes education and entrepreneurship through joint work with social organisations and local representatives in Uruguay. The Foundation’s objective is to promote long-term development and sustainable growth of rural communities in cooperation with the local stakeholders.

The Foundation’s work is carried out in collaboration with social organisations, public institutions, departmental and national authorities and other social agencies. Altogether over 308,000 people have participated in the UPM Foundation programmes in eight departments and more than 90 communities in Uruguay since it was founded.

Have a look at the interview of Magdalena Ibañez, President of UPM Foundation.