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In December 2006, Tikhvin forest enterprise, owned by UPM, has been successfully audited to check the compliance of 184 thousand ha of forests with Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) standards. SGS Vostok Limited carried out the audit as per international FSC principles and criteria.

Prior to the audit, the company worked hard to bring forest management and logging in accordance with international forestry certification standards. Particular attention has been paid to health safety and accidents prevention, environment protection, forest management and planning, administrative issues and staff training. UPM intends to further develop economics- and environment driven forest management practices.

UPM is one of the world’s leading forest products groups. The company's businesses focus on magazine papers, newsprint, fine and speciality papers, converting materials and wood products. The company’s staff in Russia totals 1500 employees. In Russia, UPM purchases about 5 million cubic meter of timber per annum.