(GLOBE NEWSWIRE) - UPM is one of the first companies to offer copy paper with the Singapore Green Label logo under the enhanced Singapore Green Labelling Scheme (SGLS), which is managed by the Singapore Environment Council (SEC). The enhanced SGLS criteria was announced in January 2017, and plays a critical role in reducing the risk of another damaging haze incident in Singapore by requiring paper companies to comply with one of the toughest environmental standards in the world.
The newly certified products include:
The enhanced SGLS logo confirms that these products have been sustainably produced. In total, 16 pulp and paper products have been certified under the enhanced SGLS scheme.
"We are extremely happy to receive the Singapore Green Label certification," says Ian Hamilton, Area Sales Director S.E. Asia, UPM Specialty Papers, "Sustainability is increasingly high on the agenda when our customers and consumers make purchasing decisions. The Green Label helps us communicate UPM's commitment to systematically maintaining and increasing forest biodiversity as well as to promoting sustainable forestry and wood sourcing," Ian Hamilton continues.
Ms Jen Teo, Executive Director of SEC said consumers should purchase responsibly and that SEC has given its highest assurance with the enhanced Singapore Green Label for pulp and paper products.
"SEC has professionally audited UPM to the highest standards; in addition to forest management we have looked at village welfare, fire and peatland management. This in turn enables each consumer to choose assured green labelled products as part of climate action efforts to reduce burning of forests, haze and terrestrial carbon," Teo said.
"The Singapore Green Label is a symbol of sustainable manufacturing and good environmental practice. Consumers should reward companies for being responsible," Teo adds.
To achieve certification, applicants undergo a detailed audit and evaluation of their entire product supply chain - from the sourcing and manufacturing right through to the distribution and sale of their pulp and paper products. Certified products are subject to an annual audit as well as periodic ground surveillance to ensure compliance.
UPM is a recognized industry-leader in sustainability
UPM's progressive approach to sustainability has been widely recognized. Since 2016 UPM has been a member of UN Global Compact LEAD, which is a unique leadership platform within the UN Global Compact that strongly promotes the integration of sustainability into business strategies. UPM has also been recognized as a forest and paper industry leader in the Dow Jones European and World Sustainability Indices (DJSI) for 2017-2018, and included in RobecoSAM's Sustainability Yearbook 2018, receiving Gold Class and Industry Mover distinctions.
UPM Specialty Papers
UPM Specialty Papers produces labelling and packaging materials to global markets and fine papers to Asian markets. Its main customers are paper converters, distributors, retailers and printers. UPM Specialty Papers is a leader in sustainable development in the industry. Its high performance papers are produced in Finland and China. UPM Specialty Papers employs approximately 1,700 people in Finland, China, United States, Japan, South Korea, Singapore and Australia. www.upmspecialtypapers.com
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UPM leads the forest-based bioindustry into a sustainable, innovation-driven and exciting future across six business areas: UPM Biorefining, UPM Energy, UPM Raflatac, UPM Specialty Papers, UPM Paper ENA and UPM Plywood. UPM provides sustainable and safe solutions to the growing global consumer demand. Products are made of renewable and recyclable materials. The group employs around 19,100 people worldwide and its annual sales are approximately EUR 10 billion. UPM shares are listed on NASDAQ OMX Helsinki. UPM - The Biofore Company - www.upm.com.
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