UPM has published the EU Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) statements for the year 2014. The company has certified all its European pulp and paper mills, the UPM Fray Bentos pulp mill in Uruguay and the UPM Changshu paper mill in China in accordance with the EMAS.
Transparency and openness with stakeholders are an essential part of UPM’s corporate responsibility worldwide. The EMAS registration and third-party verified reporting promote continuous improvement.
“As a forerunner in the integration of the bio and forest industries, UPM is committed to innovation-driven future. We see circular-economy thinking – making more with less - as the future business model, Anssi Klinga, Senior Vice President UPM Pulp, Bernd Eikens, Executive Vice President, UPM Paper ENA, and Kim Poulsen, Executive Vice President, UPM Paper Asia state in the report.
“Sustainability-driven not only describes our solutions, but also our way of performing,” they continue.
EMAS requires participants to have an Environmental Management System and to publish a third-party verified Environmental Statement, which increases the credibility and reliability of environmental data. The corporate statement includes group-level information and core indicators on e.g. energy and material efficiency. The mill supplements deepen the corporate statement with local information, such as environmental targets and accomplishments.
In addition to the EMAS - in which the company has participated for about 20 years - UPM provides comprehensive environmental information assured by third parties from corporate level right through to the mills and individual products. Ecolabelled products, product declarations and certified operations are used to inform the company’s stakeholders about responsibility and transparency.