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UPM Invited by UN to Join Group of Top 50 Global Sustanability Leaders

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UPM, Finland, announced Tuesday the company accepted a special invitation to join the United Nations Global Compact LEAD as of the beginning of January. UPM is the first forest industry company and also the first Finnish company ever to receive such an invitation.

Global Compact LEAD is a unique leadership platform within the United Nations Global Compact that strongly promotes the integration of sustainability into business strategies. At the moment the 50 most sustainably advanced companies across geographical regions and industry sectors have been invited to LEAD. The total number of member companies at UN Global Compact is approximately 8,000.

"UPM’s invitation is a recognition of the company’s industry-leading sustainability practices and long-standing commitment to the UN Global Compact," said Executive Director Lise Kingo of Global Compact.

"Participating in LEAD offers UPM an opportunity to receive global recognition alongside fellow its sustainability leaders, clearly demonstrating the contribution that great companies can make to advance the global Sustainability Development Goals (SDGs). The criteria for LEAD are very strict and only the most advanced companies can be invited," Kingo continued.

"The invitation is a great recognition for UPM’s long term commitment. For us, joining LEAD will be a great opportunity to stay abreast of developments within the industry and to generate and implement advanced corporate sustainability practices together with other sustainability leaders and committed stakeholders," said Pirkko Harrela, EVP, Stakeholder Relations, UPM.

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