UPM Forestry and Wood Sourcing in Russia Gains FSC Chain of Custody

Helsinki, Finland, 21 March 2007 -- The FSC Chain of Custody certificate has been granted to UPM-Kymmene Forest Russia by SGS Qualifor. The certificate covers all wood deliveries to UPM's mills in Russia, Estonia, and Finland. The certificate is valid from 23 February 2007.

The area of FSC certified forest in UPM's wood procurement area is limited for the moment and therefore the share of certified Russian wood in UPM's wood supply is up to 10%. All noncertified wood has fullfilled FSC controlled wood requirement.

Those UPM mills that have a certified FSC chain of custody and use Russian wood can now report the amount of certified Russian wood in their products and consider FSC product labelling.

"The hard work and efforts of our forestry and wood sourcing staff in Russia towards achieving this certificate is further evidence to our stakeholders and customers that UPM is committed to supplying only legal and sustainable timber," said Jaakko Sarantola, senior vice president, UPM Forestry and Wood Sourcing.