UPM Raflatac has achieved both FSC and PEFC Chain of Custody certifications for a range of labelstock produced at its Malaysia factory and for the slitting and distribution operations in Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, and India. Now all UPM Raflatac factories in the Asia-Pacific region are PEFC and FSC certified. This is a significant milestone towards UPM Raflatac’s aim to supply products that are sustainable over their lifecycles, and to increase the range of eco-labeled products.
“We have seen demand rising for FSC and PEFC certified products and are proud to be able to supply these materials to our customers,” says Jouni Komulainen, general manager, UPM Raflatac Southeast Asia. “A clear Chain of Custody is crucial also to retailers. They can underline their sustainability credentials to consumers, who in turn can make more responsible buying decisions.”
FSC (the Forest Stewardship Council) and PEFC (the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification Schemes) are the main global forest management certifications. These certifications confirm that the UPM Raflatac paper labelstock carrying the FSC or PEFC logo has been manufactured using raw materials from sustainably managed forests. The certificates also play an important role in verifying compliance with legislation aimed at preventing the placement of illegally logged wood fibre on the market. UPM Raflatac has a global presence on Chain of Custody, currently allowing the company to offer FSC and PEFC certified products from Asia-Pacific, Europe and North America.