Drivers of forest management
In May 2008, UPM signed the Leadership Declaration as part of the "Business and Biodiversity Initiative" launched at the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity in Bonn, called "COP 9". UPM supports the Convention’s aim of integrating the business sector to enhance biodiversity.
As one of the world’s largest forest owners and wood users, biodiversity has been one of UPM’s main drivers when developing sustainable forest management practices. Forest biodiversity provides UPM with the company’s main raw material - wood - and provides future options for as yet unknown, unutilised resources. Preserving biodiversity will also help our forests, and the species living in them, to adapt to the potential impacts of climate change.
In addition to UPM’s global biodiversity programme, there are many other ways in which UPM promotes biodiversity: ISO and EMAS certified management systems help in managing issues that impact on biodiversity, as well as forest certification and certified chains of custody through wood supply chains. UPM’s GIS application ensures that all essential information is available during field operations.
UPM provides biodiversity training and workshops for its employees and contractors.