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  • Overall approach
    5/12
    • Overarching commitment on deforestation
      3/4
      Zero deforestation/Deforestation-free commitment or, for timber, pulp & paper companies only, commitment to well implemented harvest and no deforestation of HCV & HCS areas
      3/4
      "Our wood sourcing and forestry causes zero deforestation. [...] The forests and plantations owned by UPM are 100% certifiedAll the fibre we use will be 100% certified by 2030. We know the origin of our wood, and our supply chain is 100% certified. We do not harvest wood from tropical rainforests or plantations that were formerly rainforest. We do not harvest wood from areas where the rights of indigenous people are threatened."
    • Signatory to an initiative tackling deforestation
      1/1
      Yes
      1/1
      Which initiatives?: UN Global Compact
      "Since 2003, UPM has been a signatory of the United Nations Global Compact initiative, a global network of businesses and other stakeholders from around the world committed to sustainability and responsible business practices. The core values of the Global Compact are presented as ten principles, which cover human rights, labour standards, the environment and anti-corruption."
    • Awareness of the value of forests
      1/1
      Yes
      1/1
      "Diverse and well-functioning forest ecosystems are productive. Forests provide many benefits – also called ecosystem services. Forests provide wood raw material, habitats for many species, food and recreation. They also sequester carbon from the atmosphere, circulate and purify water and support soil formation, pollination, and nutrient cycling. So, from a business perspective it’s clear why we are interested in biodiversity: our business is based on sustainable use of forests on a long-term. That’s why we want to keep forests healthy and growing for generations to come. It’s a business fundamental."
    • Deforestation as a business risk
      0/1
    • High-level management of deforestion
      0/1
    • Executive compensation linked to deforestation
    • Target to reduce emissions from land-use change
      0/2
    • Reporting on emissions from land-use change
      0/2
    • Disclosure of conservation activity
    • Disclosure of reforestation activity
    • Target to reduce emissions in scope 1/2
      Yes
      0/0
      Type of climate target: Other or unclear

      What is the target date for the company to achieve their climate target?: 2030
      "In 2020, we started a comprehensive project on scope 3 emissions to help achieve our 2030 target to reduce the fossil CO2 emission levels of our supply chain by 30% by 2030. "
  • Commodity score
    43/88
    • Pulp & Paper
      43/88
      • Commitment Strength
        10/20
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          7/8
          • Commitment details
            Zero-gross conversion
            6/6
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Zero-gross conversion
            6/6
            Which certification schemes are used?: FSC
            "Our wood sourcing and forestry causes zero deforestation. [...] The forests and plantations owned by UPM are 100% certifiedAll the fibre we use will be 100% certified by 2030. We know the origin of our wood, and our supply chain is 100% certified. We do not harvest wood from tropical rainforests or plantations that were formerly rainforest. We do not harvest wood from areas where the rights of indigenous people are threatened."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "Our wood sourcing and forestry causes zero deforestation. [...] The forests and plantations owned by UPM are 100% certifiedAll the fibre we use will be 100% certified by 2030. We know the origin of our wood, and our supply chain is 100% certified. We do not harvest wood from tropical rainforests or plantations that were formerly rainforest. We do not harvest wood from areas where the rights of indigenous people are threatened."
          • Target date
            2028-2030
            0/0.7
            Target date
            2028-2030
            0/0.7
            "Our wood sourcing and forestry causes zero deforestation. [...] The forests and plantations owned by UPM are 100% certifiedAll the fibre we use will be 100% certified by 2030. We know the origin of our wood, and our supply chain is 100% certified. We do not harvest wood from tropical rainforests or plantations that were formerly rainforest. We do not harvest wood from areas where the rights of indigenous people are threatened."
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.3
        • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
          3/5
          • Commitment details
            Yes
            3/3
            Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes
            3/3
            Type of commitment: Recycled content
            "We are also one of the world’s leading users of recovered paper for the production of graphic paper. In 2020, we used approximately 1.8 (2.3) million tonnes of recovered paper. Recycled fibre accounted 26% (28%) of all fibre raw materials used in UPM’s paper production. The decrease is mainly due to the closure of one newsprint mill."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/1.3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/1.3
            If no, what is excluded?: Segment

            What percentage of commodity production/sourcing is excluded?: 0 not specified

            What is the rationale for any exclusions?: None given
            "We are also one of the world’s leading users of recovered paper for the production of graphic paper. In 2020, we used approximately 1.8 (2.3) million tonnes of recovered paper. Recycled fibre accounted 26% (28%) of all fibre raw materials used in UPM’s paper production. The decrease is mainly due to the closure of one newsprint mill."
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/0.7
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.3
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/6
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/4
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/1.3
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/0.7
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.3
      • Social Considerations
        7/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Details of commitment: ILO; UNGP; UN Declaration for HR; Discrimination; Forced labour; Child labour; Freedom of association

          Other workers' rights commitments: Only work legal working hours; Guaranteed safe and healthy workspaces
          "UPM Supplier and Third-Party Code is based on the ten principles of the United Nations Global Compact initiative, the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, and the International Labour Organization's Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work. [...]  The UPM Supplier/Third-Party needs to: • Respect universal human rights such as freedom of thought, opinion, expression, religion and freedom from any discrimination based on e.g. race, age, nationality, gender or sexual orientation or any form of harassment. • Respect local laws on working time and compensation, freedom of association, and right to collective bargaining. • Respect children’s rights and not use or tolerate the use of child labour. Follow minimum age set by local laws or International Labor Organization’s (ILO) definition of minimum age of 15 years, whichever is higher. • Ensure no form of forced labour is used or tolerated in any of its operations or activities. • Ensure the health, safety, and security of its employees and visitors as well as other people impacted by its operations."
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address gender related labour rights including discrimination and harassment
          1/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address gender related labour rights including discrimination and harassment
          1/4
          "Respect people and human rights [...] The UPM Supplier/Third-Party needs to: • Respect universal human rights such as freedom of thought, opinion, expression, religion and freedom from any discrimination based on e.g. race, age, nationality, gender or sexual orientation or any form of harassment."
        • Commitment to remediation
          Yes
          2/2
          Commitment to remediation
          Yes
          2/2
          Type of harm covered: Social harm; Environmental harm
          "Our commitment to respecting human rights is a focal point of our responsible business practices. We are committed to remediate adverse impacts to human rights and environment caused or contributed by our activities. Remediation is specified case by case based on verified impacts."
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No
          0/4
        • Commitment to resolve land conflicts
          No
      • Reporting and Implementation
        25/50
        • Reporting against commitments
          0/2
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            1.7/1.7
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            1.7/1.7
            "Our wood sourcing and forestry causes zero deforestation. [...] The forests and plantations owned by UPM are 100% certified. All the fibre we use will be 100% certified by 2030. We know the origin of our wood, and our supply chain is 100% certified. We do not harvest wood from tropical rainforests or plantations that were formerly rainforest. We do not harvest wood from areas where the rights of indigenous people are threatened." [...] "We aim to use certified fibre to the highest possible degree and to promote a global increase in the use of certified wood. Today, 83% (2020) of the wood we use is certified."
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            1.7/1.7
            Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            1.7/1.7
            Does the company report on the degree of compliance/progress with commitments, disaggregated by relevant factors such as origin or supply chain stage?: No
            "We are also one of the world’s leading users of recovered paper for the production of graphic paper. In 2020, we used approximately 1.8 (2.3) million tonnes of recovered paper. Recycled fibre accounted 26% (28%) of all fibre raw materials used in UPM’s paper production. The decrease is mainly due to the closure of one newsprint mill."
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.7
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/1
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1/1
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1/1
            Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: FSC, PEFC, though not specified for Uruguay, just mentioned "worldwide"

            Which processes or groups does the company use for third party verification?: FSC, PEFC
            "Our wood sourcing and forestry causes zero deforestation. [...] The forests and plantations owned by UPM are 100% certified. All the fibre we use will be 100% certified by 2030. We know the origin of our wood, and our supply chain is 100% certified. We do not harvest wood from tropical rainforests or plantations that were formerly rainforest. We do not harvest wood from areas where the rights of indigenous people are threatened." [...] "We aim to use certified fibre to the highest possible degree and to promote a global increase in the use of certified wood. Today, 83% (2020) of the wood we use is certified."
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1
        • Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          Yes, encouraged
          0/2
          Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          Yes, encouraged
          0/2
          "he UPM Supplier and Third-Party Code defines the minimum level of performance that UPM requires from all of its suppliers and third-parties, such as agents, advisers, joint venture partners, local partners or distributors acting on behalf of UPM. UPM also requires all its suppliers to promote the same requirements in their own supply chains. All suppliers working on our premises must be introduced to UPM's safety requirements. There are area-specific requirements for certain materials or services. These include the following: All wood sourced for UPM products shall originate from sustainably managed forests and from legal sources and shall be covered by a third-party verified chain of custody. UPM aims to use certified fibre to the highest possible degree and promotes a global increase in the use of certified wood. The company's wood sourcing actions do not cause deforestation, nor do they threaten the rights of indigenous people. UPM does not use genetically modified trees or wood originating from rainforests. UPM additionally expects it s wood suppliers to commit to promoting biodiversity. UPM requires all its suppliers to be fully compliant with local regulations on chemicals and product safety."
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          What is the nature of that participation?: Attending & contributing to meetings

          What initiatives does the company participate in?: Dow and Elopak collaboration
          "By collaborating with other sustainability frontrunners, UPM has launched innovations such as a 100% wood-based, fully recyclable milk carton created in collaboration with Dow and Elopak. Another outcome of partnering is UPM Raflatac Forest Film, a 100% wood-based label material made from UPM BioVerno naphtha."
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          How frequently are assessments conducted?: Not specified
          "In addition to conducting risk assessments as part of our supplier selection, we carry out continuous risk assessments covering our entire existing supplier base. Risk assessments are an integral part of our supplier management activities. We utilize them to reveal possible shortcomings in supplier performance and compliance. We have introduced a risk management process that covers all of our counterparties. The process includes an automated screening and alert functionalities. Our supplier assessment process covers supplier-specific financial, quality and supply risks, as well as any potential human rights and environmental risks. Human rights and environmental risk assessment is based on the country of origin (Transparency International), commodity specific risk and supply chain complexity. We extend risk assessments to several tiers, especially when commodities are originating from forestry, agriculture and mining industries."
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          "Commitment to integrity The UPM Supplier/Third-Party needs to: • Comply with all applicable laws and regulations." [...] "UPM REQUIREMENTS FOR SUPPLIERS OF WOOD Compliance with applicable Laws Operations shall be conducted in line with respective legislation of the country of operations regarding silviculture, use of wood, wood harvesting, harvesting rights, rights of the forest owner, rights of the other stakeholders and trading of wood. Special attention must be paid to authorities’ instructions concerning environment, biodiversity, protection of nature and species, waste management, employees and operational health and safety. Business activities must be based in the principles of sustainability, responsibility and ethicality. The suppliers shall ensure by legally binding agreements and by other means, if necessary, that its subcontractors and the entire supply chain operate according to these same principles."
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes, publicly accessible grievance mechanism
          2/4
          Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes, publicly accessible grievance mechanism
          2/4
          What is the nature of the grievance mechanism used by the company (own mechanism, that of external company, internationally recognised mechanism, etc.)?: Email, hotline, speak up service

          Which issues does the grievance mechanism cover?: Social; Environmental
          "Report immediately to their UPM contact person any suspected or observed breach of this Supplier and Third-Party Code that may affect the business relationship or UPM. An anonymous misconduct report, including one concerning UPM employees, can be made via: Web: www.upm.com/reportmisconduct Email: reportmisconduct@upm.com Post: UPM-Kymmene Corporation Head of Internal Audit/Complaint P.O. Box 380 FI-00101 Helsinki Finland UPM will review carefully reports of misconduct and keep them strictly confidential to the fullest extent possible." [...] "If you want to report a violation of law or UPM policies (UPM Code of Conduct or UPM Supplier and Third-Party Code), please use the UPM Report Misconduct channel"
        • Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting total volume
          2/2
          Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting total volume
          2/2
          Total/partial volume reported: 14 million tonnes
          Upstream, UPM report a total of 1.6million tonnes of market pulp, 1.8 million tonnes of Recovered Paper. Downstream, they report 7.0 million tonnes of paper, 3.6million tonnes of Chemical Pulp in total. 
        • Report verified volumes of commodity
          80-99%
          4/6
          Report verified volumes of commodity
          80-99%
          4/6
          What is the compliant volume?: 0 not specified

          For what percent of the company's supply volume is third-party verification of performance relative to commitments conducted?: 83%

          What is the certified volume?: 83%

          What is the non-certified/non-compliant volume?: 0 not specified

          What third-party verification is used?: FSC, PEFC
          "We aim to use certified fibre to the highest possible degree and to promote a global increase in the use of certified wood. Today, 83% (2020) of the wood we use is certified."
        • Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          Yes, commit to monitoring compliance with labour/worker rights
          2/4
          Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          Yes, commit to monitoring compliance with labour/worker rights
          2/4
          "The UPM Supplier/Third-Party needs to: • Give UPM permission to verify compliance with this Supplier and Third-Party Code through dialogue and, if considered necessary by UPM, through on-site audits. Reasonable notice will be given for the audits, conducted by UPM’s internal or external resources. • Respond to UPM’s surveys precisely and in a timely manner."
        • Upstream: Impact assessments for land development/acquisition
          Yes
          4/4
          Upstream: Impact assessments for land development/acquisition
          Yes
          4/4
          "Environmental impact assessments are carried out at each site. An overview about key environmental aspects and their environmental impact can be seen in the following table. UPM regards all environmental aspects as substantial. [...] Use of wood from certified sustainable forestry (chain-of custody verification); assessment of chemical pulp suppliers"
        • Upstream: Reporting production/processing locations
          Reports location of company-owned processing facilities
          1/4
          Upstream: Reporting production/processing locations
          Reports location of company-owned processing facilities
          1/4
          For what percent are point locations (of land holdings and processing facilities) disclosed: 0 Not specified

          For what percent are point locations (of certified land holdings) disclosed?: 0 Not specified

          In what jurisdiction(s)/subnational region does the company operate and/or source material?: 0 Not specified

          For what percent are point locations (of holdings under conservation) disclosed?: 0 Not specified

          For what percent are boundaries disclosed?: 0 Not specified

          For what percent are boundaries (of holdings under conservation) disclosed?: 0 Not specified

          What is the total area in production (in ha)?: 0 Not specified

          What type of conservation designation and/or conservation status is used?: 0 Not specified

          For what percent are boundaries (of certified land holdings) disclosed?: 0 Not specified

          What is the total area of land (in ha) that is available for future production, e.g. concessions?: 0 Not specified

          What is the total area (in ha) of natural ecosystem on land owned, managed, or controlled by the company?: 0 Not specified

          What is the total land area owned, managed, or controlled by the company for the forest risk commodity?: 0 Not specified

          In what country(ies) does the company operate and/or source material?: USA, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, UK, Germany, Finland, Spain, France, Italy, Poland, Estonia, Russia, Austria, Turkey, China, India, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Australia, New Zealand
          UPM provides a detailed map with of their global locations with specific addresses on their website. Not clear if this is their entire operation.
        • Upstream: Monitor compliance of production/processing
          No
          0/4
        • Upstream: Reporting hectares of deforestation
          No
          0/4
    • Timber
      42/88
      • Commitment Strength
        8/20
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          10/11
          • Commitment details
            Zero-gross conversion
            8/8
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Zero-gross conversion
            8/8
            Which certification schemes are used?: FSC
            "Our wood sourcing and forestry causes zero deforestation. [...] The forests and plantations owned by UPM are 100% certifiedAll the fibre we use will be 100% certified by 2030. We know the origin of our wood, and our supply chain is 100% certified. We do not harvest wood from tropical rainforests or plantations that were formerly rainforest. We do not harvest wood from areas where the rights of indigenous people are threatened."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            "Our wood sourcing and forestry causes zero deforestation. [...] The forests and plantations owned by UPM are 100% certifiedAll the fibre we use will be 100% certified by 2030. We know the origin of our wood, and our supply chain is 100% certified. We do not harvest wood from tropical rainforests or plantations that were formerly rainforest. We do not harvest wood from areas where the rights of indigenous people are threatened."
          • Target date
            2028-2030
            0/1
            Target date
            2028-2030
            0/1
            "Our wood sourcing and forestry causes zero deforestation. [...] The forests and plantations owned by UPM are 100% certifiedAll the fibre we use will be 100% certified by 2030. We know the origin of our wood, and our supply chain is 100% certified. We do not harvest wood from tropical rainforests or plantations that were formerly rainforest. We do not harvest wood from areas where the rights of indigenous people are threatened."
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.5
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/9
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/5.3
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/1
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.5
      • Social Considerations
        7/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Other workers' rights commitments: Only work legal working hours; Guaranteed safe and healthy workspaces

          Details of commitment: ILO; UNGP; UN Declaration for HR; Discrimination; Forced labour; Child labour; Freedom of association
          "UPM Supplier and Third-Party Code is based on the ten principles of the United Nations Global Compact initiative, the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, and the International Labour Organization's Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work. [...]  The UPM Supplier/Third-Party needs to: • Respect universal human rights such as freedom of thought, opinion, expression, religion and freedom from any discrimination based on e.g. race, age, nationality, gender or sexual orientation or any form of harassment. • Respect local laws on working time and compensation, freedom of association, and right to collective bargaining. • Respect children’s rights and not use or tolerate the use of child labour. Follow minimum age set by local laws or International Labor Organization’s (ILO) definition of minimum age of 15 years, whichever is higher. • Ensure no form of forced labour is used or tolerated in any of its operations or activities. • Ensure the health, safety, and security of its employees and visitors as well as other people impacted by its operations."
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address gender related labour rights including discrimination and harassment
          1/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address gender related labour rights including discrimination and harassment
          1/4
          "Respect people and human rights [...] The UPM Supplier/Third-Party needs to: • Respect universal human rights such as freedom of thought, opinion, expression, religion and freedom from any discrimination based on e.g. race, age, nationality, gender or sexual orientation or any form of harassment."
        • Commitment to remediation
          Yes
          2/2
          Commitment to remediation
          Yes
          2/2
          Type of harm covered: Social harm; Environmental harm
          "Our commitment to respecting human rights is a focal point of our responsible business practices. We are committed to remediate adverse impacts to human rights and environment caused or contributed by our activities. Remediation is specified case by case based on verified impacts."
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No
          0/4
        • Commitment to resolve land conflicts
          No
      • Reporting and Implementation
        25/50
        • Reporting against commitments
          3/3
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            2.5/2.5
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            2.5/2.5
            "Our wood sourcing and forestry causes zero deforestation. [...] The forests and plantations owned by UPM are 100% certified. All the fibre we use will be 100% certified by 2030. We know the origin of our wood, and our supply chain is 100% certified. We do not harvest wood from tropical rainforests or plantations that were formerly rainforest. We do not harvest wood from areas where the rights of indigenous people are threatened." [...] "We aim to use certified fibre to the highest possible degree and to promote a global increase in the use of certified wood. Today, 83% (2020) of the wood we use is certified."
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2.5
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/2
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1.5/1.5
            Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: FSC, PEFC, though not specified for Uruguay, just mentioned "worldwide"
            "Our wood sourcing and forestry causes zero deforestation. [...] The forests and plantations owned by UPM are 100% certified. All the fibre we use will be 100% certified by 2030. We know the origin of our wood, and our supply chain is 100% certified. We do not harvest wood from tropical rainforests or plantations that were formerly rainforest. We do not harvest wood from areas where the rights of indigenous people are threatened." [...] "We aim to use certified fibre to the highest possible degree and to promote a global increase in the use of certified wood. Today, 83% (2020) of the wood we use is certified."
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.5
        • Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          Yes, encouraged
          0/2
          Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          Yes, encouraged
          0/2
          "he UPM Supplier and Third-Party Code defines the minimum level of performance that UPM requires from all of its suppliers and third-parties, such as agents, advisers, joint venture partners, local partners or distributors acting on behalf of UPM. UPM also requires all its suppliers to promote the same requirements in their own supply chains. All suppliers working on our premises must be introduced to UPM's safety requirements. There are area-specific requirements for certain materials or services. These include the following: All wood sourced for UPM products shall originate from sustainably managed forests and from legal sources and shall be covered by a third-party verified chain of custody. UPM aims to use certified fibre to the highest possible degree and promotes a global increase in the use of certified wood. The company's wood sourcing actions do not cause deforestation, nor do they threaten the rights of indigenous people. UPM does not use genetically modified trees or wood originating from rainforests. UPM additionally expects it s wood suppliers to commit to promoting biodiversity. UPM requires all its suppliers to be fully compliant with local regulations on chemicals and product safety."
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          What is the nature of that participation?: Attending & contributing to meetings

          What initiatives does the company participate in?: Aves Uruguay and Vida Silvestre in Uruguay
          "For decades, we have worked together with researchers, academic institutions, environmental organizations and other stakeholders to develop our sustainable forestry practices. In 2020, we continued our long-time partnerships with the Osprey Foundation in Finland and with Aves Uruguay and Vida Silvestre in Uruguay. We also continued to actively collaborate with FSC International to promote sustainable forest management globally. We joined PEFC International as an international stakeholder member to further strengthen our work to develop sustainable forestry."
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          How frequently are assessments conducted?: Not specified
          "In addition to conducting risk assessments as part of our supplier selection, we carry out continuous risk assessments covering our entire existing supplier base. Risk assessments are an integral part of our supplier management activities. We utilize them to reveal possible shortcomings in supplier performance and compliance. We have introduced a risk management process that covers all of our counterparties. The process includes an automated screening and alert functionalities. Our supplier assessment process covers supplier-specific financial, quality and supply risks, as well as any potential human rights and environmental risks. Human rights and environmental risk assessment is based on the country of origin (Transparency International), commodity specific risk and supply chain complexity. We extend risk assessments to several tiers, especially when commodities are originating from forestry, agriculture and mining industries."
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          "Commitment to integrity The UPM Supplier/Third-Party needs to: • Comply with all applicable laws and regulations." [...] "UPM REQUIREMENTS FOR SUPPLIERS OF WOOD Compliance with applicable Laws Operations shall be conducted in line with respective legislation of the country of operations regarding silviculture, use of wood, wood harvesting, harvesting rights, rights of the forest owner, rights of the other stakeholders and trading of wood. Special attention must be paid to authorities’ instructions concerning environment, biodiversity, protection of nature and species, waste management, employees and operational health and safety. Business activities must be based in the principles of sustainability, responsibility and ethicality. The suppliers shall ensure by legally binding agreements and by other means, if necessary, that its subcontractors and the entire supply chain operate according to these same principles."
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes, publicly accessible grievance mechanism
          2/4
          Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes, publicly accessible grievance mechanism
          2/4
          What is the nature of the grievance mechanism used by the company (own mechanism, that of external company, internationally recognised mechanism, etc.)?: Email, hotline, speak up service

          Which issues does the grievance mechanism cover?: Social; Environmental

          Does the company publish grievances that have been made against it, as well as responses and resolutions including status and timeframes: No
          "Report immediately to their UPM contact person any suspected or observed breach of this Supplier and Third-Party Code that may affect the business relationship or UPM. An anonymous misconduct report, including one concerning UPM employees, can be made via: Web: www.upm.com/reportmisconduct Email: reportmisconduct@upm.com Post: UPM-Kymmene Corporation Head of Internal Audit/Complaint P.O. Box 380 FI-00101 Helsinki Finland UPM will review carefully reports of misconduct and keep them strictly confidential to the fullest extent possible." [...] "If you want to report a violation of law or UPM policies (UPM Code of Conduct or UPM Supplier and Third-Party Code), please use the UPM Report Misconduct channel"
        • Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting total volume
          2/2
          Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting total volume
          2/2
          Total/partial volume reported: 4.4 Million M3
          UPM reports their total volume for 2020 within a table in their 2020 annual report as "4.4 million m³ harvested wood from their own forests and plantations, of if which 83% certified"
        • Report verified volumes of commodity
          80-99%
          4/6
          Report verified volumes of commodity
          80-99%
          4/6
          For what percent of the company's supply volume is third-party verification of performance relative to commitments conducted?: 83%

          What third-party verification is used?: FSC or PEFC  Certification

          What is the certified volume?: 3,320,000 M3

          What is the non-certified/non-compliant volume?: 680,000 M3
          UPM reports their total volume for 2020 within a table in their 2020 annual report as "4.4 million m³ harvested wood from their own forests and plantations, of if which 83% certified"
        • Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          Yes, commit to monitoring compliance with labour/worker rights
          2/4
          Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          Yes, commit to monitoring compliance with labour/worker rights
          2/4
          "The UPM Supplier/Third-Party needs to: • Give UPM permission to verify compliance with this Supplier and Third-Party Code through dialogue and, if considered necessary by UPM, through on-site audits. Reasonable notice will be given for the audits, conducted by UPM’s internal or external resources. • Respond to UPM’s surveys precisely and in a timely manner."
        • Upstream: Impact assessments for land development/acquisition
          Yes
          4/4
          Upstream: Impact assessments for land development/acquisition
          Yes
          4/4
          "Environmental impact assessments are carried out at each site. An overview about key environmental aspects and their environmental impact can be seen in the following table. UPM regards all environmental aspects as substantial. [...] Use of wood from certified sustainable forestry (chain-ofcustody verification); assessment of chemical pulp suppliers"
        • Upstream: Reporting production/processing locations
          Reports location of company-owned processing facilities
          1/4
          Upstream: Reporting production/processing locations
          Reports location of company-owned processing facilities
          1/4
          What types of ecosystems are these?: 0 Not specified

          For what percent are point locations (of holdings under conservation) disclosed?: 0 Not specified

          What is the total area in production (in ha)?: 0 Not specified

          For what percent are boundaries disclosed?: 0 Not specified

          For what percent are point locations (of certified land holdings) disclosed?: 0 Not specified

          What is the total area of land (in ha) that is available for future production, e.g. concessions?: 0 Not specified

          In what country(ies) does the company operate and/or source material?: USA, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, UK, Germany, Finland, Spain, France, Italy, Poland, Estonia, Russia, Austria, Turkey, China, India, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Australia, New Zealand

          For what percent are boundaries (of holdings under conservation) disclosed?: 0 Not specified

          For what percent are boundaries (of certified land holdings) disclosed?: 0 Not specified
          UPM provides a detailed map with of their global locations with specific addresses on their website. Not clear if this is their entire operation.
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          No
          0/4
        • Upstream: Monitor compliance of production/processing
          No
          0/4
        • Upstream: Reporting hectares of deforestation
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          3/4
          Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          3/4
          How frequently is compliance assessed?:  systematically and regularly but not specified

          What percentage of the company's supply chain volume does that represent?: 1.6 million M3

          Details of monitoring: Using third party verification
          "The UPM Supplier and Third-Party Code defines the minimum level of performance that UPM requires from all of its suppliers and third-parties, such as agents, advisers, joint venture partners, local partners or distributors acting on behalf of UPM. UPM also requires all its suppliers to promote   the same requirements in their own supply chains. [...] There are area-specific requirements for certain materials or services. These include the following:   - All wood sourced for UPM products shall originate from sustainably managed forests and from legal sources and shall be covered by a third-party verified chain of custody. UPM aims to use certified fibre to the highest possible degree and promotes a global increase in the use of certified wood. The company’s wood sourcing actions do not cause deforestation, nor do they threaten the rights of indigenous people. UPM does not use genetically modified trees or wood originating from rainforests. UPM additionally expects its wood suppliers to commit to promoting biodiversity [...] Suppliers shall be assessed systematically and regularly from an economic, social and environmental perspective. When risks are identified, suppliers shall be evaluated in more detail through surveys, supplier audits and/or joint development plans. If any discrepancies are discovered, the supplier shall be required to take corrective measures."
        • Downstream: Reporting hectares of deforestation
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers but with no time-bound threat of exclusion
          1/2
          Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers but with no time-bound threat of exclusion
          1/2
          Does the company engage non-compliant indirect suppliers in order to address and remedy non-compliance?: No

          What criteria does the policy specify for blacklisting or exclusion?: compliance with deforestation commitments 

          What type of support does the company offer to its suppliers to help them achieve compliance with commitments?: joint development plans
          "Suppliers shall be assessed systematically and regularly from an economic, social and environmental perspective. When risks are identified, suppliers shall be evaluated in more detail through surveys, supplier audits and/or joint development plans. If any discrepancies are discovered, the supplier shall be required to take corrective measures."
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
  • Commitment strength
    9/20
    Avg. score
  • Reporting and Implementation
    25/50
    Avg. score
  • Social considerations
    7/18
    Avg. score

Profile

UPM is a forest industry company based in Finland, with operations in 15 countries including Argentina, Uruguay and Indonesia. UPM produces, processes and trades timber and paper. UPM is selected as a powerbroker for timber and pulp & paper.

Sector
Industry sector 
Paper & packaging, Forestry
Segments
Producer, Trader, Processor, Manufacturer
HQ
HQ 
Finland
Collective Commitments
Consumer Goods Forum member
New York Declaration on Forests signatory

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