While producing pulp, we take actions that benefit people and local communities in the present and the future.
A responsible member of society
We want to take an active role in improving people’s livelihoods and wellbeing. We do this by providing employment, promoting education and sustainable development, and by sponsoring activities that matter. We want to be a responsible landowner and member of society.
Booster of the local economy
Our pulp mills provide significant benefits to the whole surrounding community by creating jobs and increasing buying power, cooperating with nearby suppliers and educational institutes, and procuring wood from private landowners.
All our our mills provide detailed information about their environmental and societal impacts in annual Environmental and Social Responsibility statements that form part of our UPM-wide EMAS Statement.
Our Biofore Share and Care programme reflects our commitment to building a sustainable, innovation-driven future by sharing our expertise and assets for causes we care about. The Biofore programme comprises three forms of support: sponsorships, donations and employee volunteering. The support can be a monetary contribution, products, materials or employee volunteering.
Promoter of education
The UPM Foundation – Fundacion 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 local stakeholders.
The Foundation’s work is carried out in collaboration with social organisations, public institutions, departmental and national authorities and other social agencies.
UPM Foundation in Uruguay
UPM is one of the largest private forest owners in Europe and also holds significant land holdings in the US and Uruguay. We also lease land in Uruguay and manage private forests in Finland.
Land acquisition and possible restrictions on land and natural resource use can have adverse impacts on communities and people using the land, if not diligently managed. We also recognise that the most marginalised and vulnerable segments of the population may be disproportionally affected by land acquisition and/or natural resources use and therefore warrant special safeguards.
Responsible land tenure is in the core of UPM’s operations and evidenced by our third-party forest management certifications. We ensure that our own forestry operations and wood sourcing do not violate land tenure or land use rights of traditional or indigenous peoples groups.