• Sustainability

Sustainable operations


Responsible operations

For us at UPM, responsible business conduct means focusing not only on our own operations but on the whole value chain, and finding sustainable solutions in active dialogue with our customers, suppliers and partners. Every decision counts and can make a difference.


UPM Timber is committed to sustainable forest management, sustainable use of natural resources and continuous improvement in quality, operations, environmental management and safety in the workplace. Our sawn timber is responsibly produced - ecologically, socially and economically. 

UPM Timber has both ISO9001 Quality management system and ISO14001 Environmental management system to ensure good quality in leadership and management and also continuous improvement throughout the whole production, sales and supply chain.

UPM sawn goods originate solely from sustainable sources. UPM sawmills in Finland have the PEFC (PEFC/02-34-05) and FSC Chain of Custody (DNV-COC/CW-000275) certifications.



Responsibility highlights in figures

Total Recordable Injury Frequency in UPM
- 12%
Solid waste to landfill from production
Wood from responsibly managed forests
Dow Jones Sustainability Index 2019-2020
Industry leader in global DJSI


Carbon footprint

Carbon Footprint (CF) means the total amount of GHG (greenhouse gas) emissions created during the life cycle of a product. Carbon Footprint calculations are an excellent tool in finding out, which stages of the life cycle create the most emissions and how to reduce them.

Trees absorb CO2 and produce O2

Trees absorb carbon while they grow. Carbon is stored in the log and after production in the wood product.

Carbon footprint of wood products has two meanings:

Biogenic carbon footprint - the amount of carbon dioxide absorbed from air and stored in the wood product.

Fossil carbon footprint - the actual emissions during the products lifecycle

Carbon footprint calculations in UPM Timber

UPM Timber's carbon footprint calculations are done separately for redwood and whitewood and as a average of all four sawmills in Finland. You can find our calculations here.

UPM Timber Carbon Footprint




No more solid waste to landfills from UPM Timber


Responsible sourcing


Biofore Share and Care


Circular economy at UPM