UPM has significantly reduced work-related accidents with a three year program called “Step Change in Safety 2012–2014”. UPM’s lost time accident frequency* (LTAF) has decreased by 70% from 15.2 in 2012 to 4.4 in 2014. The Step Change in Safety 2012–2014 initiative engaged all UPM employees in a joint mission to improve the company’s safety culture and safety performance. The pervasive program renewed the foundations of safety work by shifting focus to preventative measures, such as proactive risk identification and management. Strong management commitment and active participation of employees and contractors have been the keys to success. As a result, UPM’s global LTAF decreased by a total of 70% from 15.2 in the beginning of 2012 to 4.4 by the end of 2014. The total number of lost time accidents globally decreased from over 550 in 2011 to 155 in 2014.
Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) Foopak received a Product of the Year Award from Environmental Leader and Energy Manager Today at the annual Environmental Leader & Energy Manager Conference (ELEMCON) on May 14 in Denver.
Recognized for its innovative water-based coating to enhance compostability, Foopak offers a practical alternative to plastic and Styrofoam packaging materials. Its coating differentiates it from products with petroleum-based coating, allowing it to be effective for wet, hot and cold storage. In addition, Foopak is FDA compliant and ISEGA certified for compostability within 12 weeks.
Foopak was also recognized for filling a timely and important need in the consumables space by creating the potential to keep tons of polystyrene and polyethylene-laminate paperboard out of landfills each year. According to data from Asia Pulp & Paper’s 2018 Consumer Trends Report, consumers acknowledge they are willing to pay more for fast food products packaged in sustainable materials, with 35% agreeing they would pay up to 10% more. Foopak meets all requirements to safely manage food products, and effectively meets sustainability goals of consumers and businesses.
The Product of the Year award is an annual program run by Environmental Leader and Energy Manager Today that recognizes the most innovative and successful environment, sustainability and energy products and projects. An independent panel of industry experts judge the entries each year. The winners were selected based on the success of the project, the capabilities of the product and the positive effect on the industry.
“We’re honored to be recognized for our innovative and compostable Foopak product,” said Felix Koh, Senior Vice President and Global Business Unit Head, APP. “It is one of our core business goals to bring sustainable products to market and have a positive impact on the environment.”