Story | 05/15/2024 09:33:06 | 2 min Read time

All papers certified - a remarkable milestone for responsible sourcing and climate action

Paper is by far the highest volume raw material component in UPM Raflatac self-adhesive labels, and therefore we have no room for compromises in sustainability. At the end of 2023 we reached a remarkable milestone when we achieved our target of 100% certified paper six years ahead of time. In practice it means that all papers we source from year 2024 onwards, whether used as a face paper or a release liner in our labeling materials, are certified under a credible third-party forest certification scheme. Purchasing only certified paper is one of our 2030 responsible sourcing and climate targets.

Collaboration is the key

We believe that third-party forest certification is one of the key ways to ensure the sustainability of our paper supply chain, along with supplier assessment, related development activities, and continuous risk monitoring and management.

As our paper face and liner materials come from a large number of paper supplier sites, reaching this goal required systematic work and close collaboration with our suppliers. Increasing the share of certified papers was discussed in annual negotiations with the suppliers who supported our target by lowering and removing the hurdles of this development.

Walking the extra mile

Reaching the target six years ahead of time also required that our whole organization played its role and was committed to going the extra mile.

“Achieving 100 % certified papers was our ambitious goal for 2023, and we are proud to say that we made it. It was not an easy task, as it involved a lot of collaboration and coordination across different regions and functions. The final stretch was especially challenging, but we did it together, as a team, and we are grateful for the hard work and dedication of everyone involved,” says Marko Haveri, Category Director, Paper Sourcing at UPM Raflatac.

The quickly evolving regulatory environment puts a growing pressure on companies to improve the traceability of their raw materials as well as responsible sourcing practices. By having all its papers certified under FSC™ (FSC C012530), PEFC (PEFC/02-31-196) or PEFC-endorsed forest certification systems, UPM Raflatac can support its customers in achieving their responsible sourcing targets.

Read more about our 2023 milestones in our Climate Review

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