Sappi Cloquet dissolving pulp facility completes the Higg FEM assessment

Sappi Limited, a leading producer of dissolving pulp, marks another milestone in sustainability as its Cloquet Mill in Northern Minnesota (United States) is one of the first dissolving pulp facilities to complete an external environmental-management verification process.

The mill achieved a final score of greater than 80% on the Higg Facility Environmental Management (FEM) verification audit, which is an endorsement of sound environmental practices employed by Cloquet Mill. The facility produces dissolving pulp sold under the brand name Verve.

Supporting the call to accelerate transparency in the textile and apparel sector, a detailed performance report will be made available to all key stakeholders on request.

“As a global leader in dissolving pulp manufacturing, we are excited about the SAC Higg FEM results for our Verve product,” said Tom Radovich, Managing Director of Sappi North America’s Cloquet Mill. “The Cloquet Mill has always been a key part of our environmental stewardship and sustainability initiatives, and we will continue to look for innovative ways to strengthen our position.” 

Cloquet Mill also received a verified score of 100% across energy, water, and wastewater management, highlighting the mill as a pocket of excellence in resource efficiency and emission control. Performance in this industry benchmarking program provides additional assurance to our customers and value chain that Verve is a Fibre of Choice

Developed by the SAC, the Higg FEM is part of a suite of tools that enables manufacturing facilities of all sizes to measure and score their environmental performance against a standard set of criteria, allowing for meaningful and credible performance benchmarking in the apparel and textile sector.

Across topics such as water use, carbon emissions and labour conditions, consumer goods brands, retailers, manufacturers, governments, NGOs and consumers can use the Higg Index to inform their individual sustainability strategies and drive collective industry transformation.

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About Sappi
A global leader in dissolving pulp and paper-based solutions, Sappi Limited (listed on the JSE - SAP), is headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa; has over 12,000 employees; manufacturing facilities on three continents, in ten countries (ten operations in Europe, four operations in North America and five operations in South Africa) and customers in over 150 countries worldwide.

Sappi works closely with customers to provide relevant and sustainable dissolving pulp, paper (speciality, packaging and graphic), paper pulp, and biomaterial products and related services and innovations. Our market-leading range of paper products includes flexible packaging, label, release liner, containerboard and fluting, coated fine papers, casting release papers and in our Southern African region newsprint, uncoated graphic and business papers. These products serve the fashion, FMCG and industrial sectors. Our dissolving pulp products are used worldwide by converters to produce viscose fibre, pharmaceutical products, and a wide range of household and consumer products. 

We continue to grow into a profitable and cash-generative diversified business with an exciting future in woodfibre, a renewable resource.

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Krelyne Andrew
General Manager Sustainability

Sappi Dissolving Pulp
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Bernhard Erich Riegler
Vice-President Marketing 

Sappi Dissolving Pulp
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