Sappi Recognized as ESG leader in 2022 SEAL Business Sustainability Awards

BOSTON, MA—December 12, 2022— Sappi North America Inc., a leading producer and supplier of diversified paper, packaging products and pulp, announced today that has won a SEAL Business Sustainability Award for its Ideas that Matter grant program which honors Sappi’s leadership, innovation and commitment to sustainable business practices.

For over two decades, Ideas that Matter grants have provided funding and resources for designers working with nonprofits to make social and environmental impact, to encourage reforms in justice, education and health care and to address diversity, equity and inclusion efforts across communities and around the world. Sappi has made global contributions totaling nearly $14 million through the work of more than 500 projects toward addressing these causes.

Sappi joins 2022 SEAL Sustainability Award honorees that range from global brands, such as Disneyland, General Electric, GM, Microsoft, Oracle, Proctor & Gamble and Samsung, to high-growth start-ups and scale-ups, such as AiDash, Flock Freight, Optoro, and PATH.

“We are so proud that Ideas that Matter received this prestigious recognition from the SEAL Awards,” said Patti Groh, Director of Marketing and Communications at Sappi North America. “The program has shown firsthand the power that design has to make our communities stronger and our lives better by addressing timely social issues. It is always inspiring to see the long-term impact of the projects we fund, and we are excited to continue this important work.”

“Companies have a unique opportunity and responsibility to drive environmental progress where politics cannot. Our corporate sustainability awards celebrate organizations that embrace the responsibility to effect positive change,” commented Matt Harney, SEAL Awards’ Founder. “Most business sustainability initiatives are unglamorous and invisible to the general public despite having significant positive impacts – we hope our awards bring some much-needed recognition to both the activities and the leaders behind them.”

In 2021, Sappi restructured the program to have entrants align their submissions with at least one of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and focus on addressing social, environmental, healthcare, and community issues. These goals are core principles of Sappi’s business and sustainability practices and aligning them with Ideas that Matter projects ensures that funding going toward the greatest areas of global impact.

Learn more about the Ideas that Matter grant program and past winners here:

About Sappi North America, Inc.  
Sappi North America, Inc., headquartered in Boston, is a market leader in converting wood fiber into superior products that customers demand worldwide. Our four diversified businesses – high-quality Graphic Papers, Dissolving Pulp, Packaging, and Specialty Papers deliver premium products and services with consistent quality and reliability. Our high-quality Coated Printing Papers are used for premium magazines, catalogs, books, direct mail and high-end print advertising. We are a leading manufacturer of Dissolving Pulp, which is used in a wide range of products, including textile fibers and household goods. We deliver sustainable Packaging and Specialty Papers for luxury packaging and folding carton applications with our single-ply packaging brands and for the food and label industries with our specialty papers. We are one of the world's leading suppliers of Casting and Release Papers with lines for the automotive, fashion and engineered films industries.  
Sappi North America is a subsidiary of Sappi Limited (JSE), a global company headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa, with more than 12,000 employees and manufacturing operations on three continents in seven countries and customers in over 150 countries.  

About the SEAL Awards
SEAL (Sustainability, Environmental Achievement & Leadership) Awards is an environmental advocacy organization that honors leadership through our business sustainability awards & environmental journalism awards while funding research and pursuing our own environmental impact campaigns.

Christy Reiss 
Account Manager
Matter Communications 
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