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UPM one of first companies to offer copy papers with enhanced Singapore Green Label

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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 :

UPM Office Multifunction Copy Paper (70/75/80 gsm)
UPM Yes Silver Multifunction Copy Paper (70/75/80 gsm)
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.