CDP, a global non-profit organisation, has recognised UPM as one of the world’s Triple A List companies for tackling climate change and taking actions to ensure sustainable forest management and water security. Only ten out of more than 5,800 companies were able to receive a Triple A recognition and UPM got it for the second year in a row. “As a forest and bio products company, receiving an A on Climate, Forest and Water is an extremely valuable recognition. In January, we signed the UN Business Ambition for 1.5°C with commitment to climate-positive forestry, ambitious CO2 emission reductions and new product innovations,” says Pirkko Harrela, EVP, UPM Stakeholder Relations.
PEFC and the Handicraft & Wood Association of Ho Chi Minh City (HAWA) will work together to develop PEFC Chain of Custody certification in Viet Nam: this was one of the key results from a week of outreach in the country.
PEFC-certified material from around the world is already used by many solid wood processing companies in Viet Nam – in particular by the furniture manufacturing members of HAWA. Focus is now switching to the development of a national forest certification system in the country, paving the way for the production of domestic PEFC-certified sources.
Given this evolution, PEFC and HAWA announced their intention to work together on a program that will promote PEFC Chain of Custody certification throughout Viet Nam. According to HAWA there are only a few companies in the country that currently have PEFC Chain of Custody.
“We believe that there is potentially a huge demand for PEFC Chain of Custody certification and PEFC-certified wood in Viet Nam that needs to be unleashed,” said Zung Dao at HAWA.
This was one of the many exciting outcomes from Vietnamwood, the largest woodworking industry expo in Viet Nam. Taking place last week in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnamwood proved to be an excellent platform to continue the work we have done over the last two years in the country.