UPM and SGS have finalized a global landmark agreement in which the origin of all UPM pulp and paper products will be ensured with a single, global system. For UPM's customers, the new multi-site certification means a major step towards a simple, standardized way to guarantee the origin of UPM products.

The multi-site certification, signed with the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company SGS, ensures that fibre used for UPM's pulp and paper products is from forests that are managed responsibly or controlled to avoid the worst forest practices, using the FSC™ risk register together with UPM’s environmental timber tracking system. This unique agreement includes certification as a multi site with PEFC™.

The multi-site certification covers all UPM's pulp sourcing activities, pulp and paper mills, and sales offices. The certification continues to allow UPM and its customers to accurately follow the amount of certified wood fibre in their operations and products being distributed worldwide.

"The project to merge the individual chain-of-custody certificates from 19 operations and 30 sales offices into two global certificates has been a great accomplishment. With our key partner SGS, we have achieved a global system which is very simple and manageable," says Sami Lundgren, Head of Environmental Services, UPM.

“The new program with UPM is a most comprehensive and wide-ranging multi-site certification that exists to date. We are proud and well-positioned to assist. The wide geographical coverage of our network, while maintaining a good, high-level feedback to UPM from our project management team, ensures maximum benefits from this complex requirement and gives the client the best opportunity to leverage their internal strengths,” adds Jeff Dowson, International Sales Manager at SGS.

The Chain of Custody (CoC) verifies that the wood used in a product originates from responsibly managed and certified forests.

About SGS

SGS is the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. SGS is recognized as the global benchmark for quality and integrity. With more than 56,000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 1,000 offices and laboratories around the world. SGS is the world’s leading independent body in Forestry Chain-of-Custody certification. Learn more about SGS Forestry.

About UPM

UPM's vision is to be the front-runner of the new forest industry. Our competitiveness is based on cost leadership, change readiness and leading innovation. Our products are made of renewable raw materials and are recyclable. UPM consists of three Business Groups: Energy and pulp, Paper, and Engineered materials. The Group employs around 24,000 people and it has production facilities in 14 countries. In 2008, UPM's sales amounted to EUR 9.5 billion. UPM's shares are listed on the Helsinki stock exchange. Learn more about UPM.

For further information, please contact:

Outi Helena Maatta

SGS SA
1 place des Alpes
CH-1211 Geneva, Switzerland
t: +41 22 739 9161
f: +41 79 251 8218

Sami Lundgren
Head of Environmental Services, UPM
t: +358 204 15 0394

UPM, Corporate Communications
Media Desk,
t: +358 40 588 3284