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

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Uruguayan citizens opposing UPM’s new pulp mill appeal to the Finnish government

Uruguayan citizens opposing UPM’s new pulp mill appeal to the Finnish government

In Uruguay, the citizen opposition to a new pulp mill planned by the Finnish paper giant UPM continues to grow. Last Friday, a citizen movement calling itself as the "national coordination of social organisations against UPM", representing more than 40 organisations...

UPM’s Paso de los Toros mill poses financial and reputational risks

UPM’s Paso de los Toros mill poses financial and reputational risks

In Uruguay, protests are rising against the installation of UPM’s planned new pulp mill project in Paso de los Toros. There has been strong social criticism on the conditions of the contract that the government signed with UPM, on the expected impacts of the pulp mill...

Asia Pulp and Paper admits links to controversial suppliers, but still fails to be transparent

Asia Pulp and Paper admits links to controversial suppliers, but still fails to be transparent

A coalition of Indonesian and international NGOs released a report today bringing to light that Asia Pulp and Paper (APP) has acknowledged links to controversial suppliers but continues to fail to be transparent. The Indonesian paper giant recently released a document...

UPM’s Paso de los Toros mill poses financial and reputational risks

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...