Ensure Social Responsibility

  • Recognise, respect and protect human rights, and comply with and proactively develop fundamental employment and social standards and relevant international agreements for the protection of human rights.
  • Ensure free, prior and informed consent of local peoples and communities in the areas from which raw materials originate and where production takes place.
  • Recognise, respect and protect indigenous peoples’ and local communities’ legal and customary rights to control their traditional lands and protect their cultural identity.
  • Recognise, respect and protect local communities’ rights to a healthy environment, and rights to participation as a primary stakeholder in land-use planning.
  • Recognise, respect and protect workers’, including subcontractors’ workers’, rights to beneficial employment and a safe working environment.
  • Promote community-ownership, worker-ownership and the development of paper manufacturing facilities that are scaled appropriately for local communities, and a diversity of small- and medium-sized enterprises in the paper sector.
  • Respect and support local economies on the basis of a long-term social and environmental

Relevant Resources

News and Resources related to Social Responsibility

Uruguayan and Finnish organisations issue statement against UPM’s plans for new pulp mill in Uruguay

Uruguayan and Finnish social and environmental organisations released a joint statement last week stating their opposition to the plans of the Finnish pulp and paper company UPM to build a new pulp mill in Uruguay (UPM also has an existing mill in Fray Bentos). This...

In the Red: Bank policies fail to ensure they will avoid irresponsible investment in the paper industry

A new assessment by the EPN of bank policies has been completed and published here:  http://environmentalpaper.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/In-the-Red.pdf  The assessment studied how ready the financial sector is to manage the environmental and social risks of...