Environmental responsibility

Recognising that we live in a world where natural resources are under increasing pressure, we aim to lighten our environmental footprint.

We focus on:

  • Practising sustainable forest management through internationally accredited, independent, environmental, wood management and fibre certification systems and promoting third party certification.
  • Following a lifecycle approach to environmental management.
  • Keeping up with environmental best practice through internal ‘clusters’ comprised of experts in various fields.
  • Tracking key metrics for energy, carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions, waste, water usage and water discharge quality and using these metrics to manage performance.
  • Reducing energy intensity and increasing our use of renewable energy.
  • Minimising end of life waste streams through waste beneficiation which mitigates environmental impacts, reduces waste management costs and can generate additional revenue.
  • Managing for biodiversity.
  • Transparently providing information about the environmental aspects of our fibre sourcing and production processes in our customer-focused technical publications available from dedicated web portals such as Sappi&You, Sappi etc. and Sappi etc. (Sappi North America) and the Sappi eQ website.

 

We are advantaged by the fact that our primary raw material is woodfibre, a renewable, recyclable natural resource. The sustainably managed forests and plantations from which we source woodfibre are essential to a healthy environment, sustaining vital plants and wildlife, filtering our water and air, and reducing greenhouse gases by removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

Our industry has played a significant role in expanding forests and plantations. In Europe and North America, for example, forests are growing. Forests are central to addressing climate change. Forests provide one of the most cost-effective and efficient natural carbon capture and storage systems. Investing in forests is an insurance policy for the planet.
Ban-ki Moon, United Nations Secretary General, message on the International Day of Forests 2016

We hold ourselves accountable to global sustainability best practice standards by transparently measuring, monitoring and communicating our economic, social and environmental performance.

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.

Active corporate citizenship programmes relevant to the needs of the communities where we operate ensure that we promote socio-economic development within these communities.