UPM Raflatac achieves FSC® and PEFC™ certifications for labelstock operations in France and Italy
All UPM Raflatac factories in Europe now FSC® and PEFC™ certified.
UPM Raflatac has achieved both FSC® and PEFC™ Chain of Custody certifications for a range of labelstock produced at its Nancy factory in France and for the slitting and distribution operations in Osnago, Italy. All UPM Raflatac factories in Europe are now FSC and PEFC certified.
FSC (the Forest Stewardship Council) and PEFC (the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification Schemes) are currently the main global forest management certifications. The chain of custody tracks certified material from the forest to the final labelstock product, and guarantees that the material comes from sustainably managed, legally logged forests.
“Achieving chain of custody certification for all our European factories is a significant milestone towards our aim to supply products that are sustainable over their lifecycle and to increase our range of eco-labelled products,” says Robert Taylor, Environmental Director, Engineered Materials, UPM. Taylor also points out that a clear chain of custody helps everyone in the supply chain. “Our customers can purchase paper labelstock knowing that their raw material comes from sustainably managed forests. Retailers can demonstrate their sustainability credentials to consumers, who can then make more responsible buying decisions.”
The Nancy factory is the main UPM Raflatac site manufacturing wine labelstock in Europe. “We are proud to be able to supply certified materials to our customers. Behind the certification lies a lot of hard work, and this achievement is a testimony to our commitment to environmental responsibility,” says Jean-Michel Foy, General Manager of UPM Raflatac France.
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. UPM Raflatac’s facilities are annually audited to verify their continued compliance with the certification requirements.