UFP recognizes the importance of Human Rights, Social Responsibility, and Environmental Sustainability. The following policies and initiatives demonstrate how we aim to achieve our business goals while advancing human rights, fostering social responsibility, and preserving our environment.
Human Rights/Social Responsibility
Workplace and Labor Rights
UFP is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability. UFP complies with all local applicable laws and regulations relating to wages, work hours, overtime and benefits.
Our goal is to promote a workplace which is professional and treats all of those who work here with dignity and respect. This policy embraces the conduct of UFP's employees in their work-related dealings with each other, but it also extends to conduct from and with our customers, vendors and other business partners. UFP will not tolerate unlawful discrimination and harassment in the workplace. In connection with this policy, UFP expressly prohibits any form of unlawful discrimination and harassment based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, ethnicity, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, military or veteran status, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, or any other legally protected status under applicable federal, state or local law.
Occupational health and safety
We are committed to providing a safe and secure environment for all employees and visitors. The management of UFP considers no phase of its operation to be more important than the safety and health of all its employees. It is the policy of UFP to provide and maintain a safe and healthful workplace and to adopt and enforce operating practices that will safeguard all employees. In support of this policy, UFP shall comply with all applicable federal, state and local safety and health regulations.
UFP considers safe work practices to be a condition of employment and requires that all employees utilize the safety equipment provided, comply with established safety rules and actively participate in the process of hazard identification, reporting and reduction.
Personal Privacy and Confidentiality
UFP places significant importance on the protection of personal data, including the sensitive data of our employees, directors, customers, contractors and suppliers. We strives to adhere to high standards of privacy and security and take all reasonable steps to anticipate breach methods and prevent unauthorized access to personally identifiable information. UFP has a Protection of Personal Information Policy which identifies specific expectations for the handling of personal information. All employees are trained on acceptable use of information technology, the GDPR regulations, and cybersecurity threats to our systems and data.
UFP Technologies supports responsible sourcing practices including compliance with the Conflict Mineral provision of the Dodd-Frank Act. Click here for a our Conflict Mineral Policy.
Policy on slavery and human trafficking
UFP supports the California Supply Chain Act’s objective to provide consumers with critical information about the efforts that companies are undertaking to prevent and root out human trafficking and slavery in their product supply chains – whether here or overseas. UFP does not engage in or support any forced labor practices including bonded, slavery and human trafficking practices. All work performed at UFP is voluntary and employees have the right to terminate employment at any time. Click here for a our California Transparency in Supply Chains Act.
Supporting our local communities
- Annual donations to the following organizations:
- Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association
- The Salvation Army
- American Red Cross
- The Jimmy Fund
- Community Action
- Pine Street Inn
- Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center
- LASPA in support of prescription eye wear for children in need.
- Torrance South Bay YMCA in support of community programs for families such as: before and after school care, veterans returning from service in need of family services, senior meals programs, and more.
- Newburyport Education Foundation
- Annual scholarships to Georgetown High School students who want to pursue a trade.
- Participation in the Wonderfund’s annual Holiday Gift Drive to provide gifts for children supported by the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families.
- Volunteer work for Junior Achievement to deliver experiential programs on the topics of financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship to students in kindergarten through high school.
- Working with the Hope Network to provide employment for people with disabilities.
Recognizing that the world’s natural resources are limited and fragile, UFP considers environmental protection to be consistent with its overall goals, values and operating principles. At UFP, we strive to minimize our impact on the environment in the manufacturing of all our products. The management team at UFP and its employees are committed to:
- Compliance with relevant legal environmental legislation, regulations and other requirements.
- Promoting the prevention of pollution by implementing programs of reuse, recycling and general waste reduction.
- Continual improvement of the environmental management system.
Electronic Waste recycling programs
- A program is in place whereby obsolete, unusable electronic devices are handled by recyclers that reuse and/or recycle of all individual parts that make up the pieces of equipment in an environmentally acceptable manner. This cuts down on production waste, saves natural resources, and reduces pollution.
- An additional electronics recycling program for the facility with employees invited to participate with their personal electronic devices.
- Shred-It paper recycling is done throughout the year as needed and annually with employees invited to bring in anything they want to shred.
- Redirection of over 500 tons of waste material per year from landfills for recycling.
Energy efficient programs
- LED lighting installed throughout the facility.
- Worked with ReVision Energy to install a 263.52 kilowatt grid-tied solar electric system which will generate roughly 306,346 kilowatt-hours of electricity every year, offsetting the equivalent of driving over 558,750 miles in a gas-powered car. The solar electric system will take 13% of our energy usage off the local grid. For more information click here.
Preserving our natural resources
- UFP constructed a trailhead for the Cooper North Pasture Preserve surrounding the corporate headquarters.
- Clean water for food, sanitation and hygiene is a fundamental human right and UFP fully supports ensuring access to clean water for all people. UFP’s operations generally utilize minimal water in the production process. Our molded fiber packaging facility which uses water in its production process, has a closed loop wastewater system that filters used water, and reuses it in production. The molded fiber process only releases excess clean water.
Investments made in R&D
UFP is continually looking for new materials and processes designed to best fit the needs of our customers and in the best interest of conserving energy and waste.
Environmentally friendly packaging
UFP has facilities dedicated to producing our environmentally friendly molded fiber packaging. Visit our molded fiber website, www.moldedfiber.com, to learn more about how this sustainable material helps reduce waste and save the environment.