Our ability to deliver value creation for our shareholders by focusing on improved profitability, strategic positioning and debt reduction lies at the heart of our commitment to sustainability.
We contribute to the economic prosperity of society through payments to governments, suppliers and employees, as well as returns to shareholders.
We facilitate social and economic wellbeing by using labour drawn from local communities, and the services of small and medium enterprises situated in the areas around plantations and production facilities. We also have a best practice training programme and, through our corporate social responsibility programmes (in Europe, North America and Southern Africa) together with Sappi Khulisa our enterprise development programme in Southern Africa, invest in the socio-economic development of the communities in which our workers live.
The indirect economic benefits of our operations impact on sectors including technical, construction and engineering services which are outsourced to a wide variety of contractors. The chemicals industry, in particular, is one of our major suppliers. In addition, the provision of services including the collection of waste paper for the industry and the outsourcing of non-core activities such as maintenance, medical services, transportation, cleaning and security creates opportunities for small-, medium- and micro enterprises.
Our industry stands on the cusp of renewal as plantation and forest derived bioproducts emerge as a global game changer in a carbon constrained future.
Our integrated pulp and paper mills are ideal platforms from which to meet future market demand for carbon neutral bio-energy, biochemicals, biomaterials, nanomaterials, neutraceuticals and pharmaceuticals. Integrating the extraction and beneficiation of plantation and forest derived biocompounds with our mill processes is significantly more efficient than standalone operations; giving us a head start in growing adjacent businesses that add additional value to the wood we use in our pulp and paper businesses.