Community Engagement

We take great pride in the local footprint we've created in the communities in which we operate.

Sappi’s history within North America dates back to the 1850s, and it’s no surprise our civic involvement has also been active from the very beginning. Our strategy for engagement continues to evolve, and we've made great progress by building on the strength of our Sustainability Ambassador program, a branch of our sustainability governance dedicated to employee and community engagement.

This video will introduce you to an organization we've long supported that is making a difference in the battle against debris in our waterways. Chad Pregracke is young man full of endless passion and energy who decided one day, while he was still in his teens, that he wanted to clean up our country’s major rivers and watersheds. Ten years, six rivers, and millions of pounds of trash later, Chad and his organization, Living Lands and Waters, have through sheer determination, thousands of volunteers, and a drive to do the right thing—transformed rivers teeming with waste into the beautiful treasures they were intended to be.

We strive to integrate activities with our overall business objectives and find synergies that link our efforts to create competitive advantage for Sappi. From creating a stronger social license to operate to establishing customer loyalty and attracting talent, we know that these efforts pay off in the long run for our company.

Strong collaboration between Sappi and local institutions, organizations and partners reflects Sappi’s commitment to support the community. In turn, the community is able to fulfill more needs in areas such as research, education and the environment, creating a positive cycle of mutual benefits.