UPM Raflatac has been granted FSC and PEFC chain of custody certificates for its labelstock operations in Australia and New Zealand. The chain of custody certifications guarantee that the wood used in UPM Raflatac’s label materials originates from sustainably managed forests.
“Achieving chain of custody certification for our Oceania operation demonstrates our ongoing commitment to environmental responsibility,” says Jouni Komulainen, General Manager of UPM Raflatac Oceania. “Our customers can purchase paper labelstock knowing that their materials are sourced from sustainably managed forests, and certified paper labels give retailers the opportunity to demonstrate their sustainability credentials to consumers, who in turn can make responsible buying decisions.”
FSC and PEFC are currently the main global forest management certifications. The Australia and New Zealand facilities will be annually audited to verify its continued compliance with the certification requirements.
“The certification involves implementing documented procedures to ensure that certified materials are tracked through all stages of our operation from goods receiving, to lamination, converting and quality assurance, through to customer’s premises. This achievement is a significant milestone towards increasing our range of eco-labelled products as we aim to embed environmental considerations for all our products,” says Carol Lawrence, Environmental & Sustainability Specialist of UPM Raflatac Oceania.
UPM supports and uses reliable forest certification schemes and has built a global chain-of-custody model to monitor and report the proportion of certified fibre in its products. The system meets both FSC and PEFC requirements.