Together, we’re building a culture where people thrive in their careers, from the forests and mills to sales and central offices. Where differences are celebrated, and where everyone feels valued and engaged. It’s a culture we’re co-creating with our employees, our business partners and the communities that surround us.
While we’re making good progress, there’s still much to do. In Europe, we’re driving forward with our people in the lead. Employees are playing a vital role in defining our goals and opportunities and sharing about their experiences.
We’ve been evaluating our recruitment, development and retention practices and proactively seeking ways to foster a more inclusive culture across our operations. This has involved educating our leaders on a range of topics, such as increasing their awareness on how biases potentially play a role in recruitment and selection.
We also launched a series of ‘Lunch and Learn’ sessions covering themes such as ‘How biases affect the workplace and how to mitigate them’, ‘How to foster an inclusive workplace’ and ‘How can we be more inclusive at Sappi?’ These continuing sessions are helping to create awareness and initiate conversations on how to further embed diversity, equity and inclusion into our company culture.
Importantly, the culture we’re cultivating is also fuel for our innovative spirit. Diversity of people brings with it diversity of thought and experience that’s critical to creativity on the job. Research shows that diverse teams are better at creative decision-making 87 per cent of the time and diverse workforces of a company are 70 per cent more likely to capture more markets which in turn drives profits.
Globally in 2023 we have colleagues representing more than 68 nationalities at Sappi. It's exactly this diverse workforce that powers our thriving business.
Maria Giulia Dal Farra, a Product Development Engineer at Carmignano Mill, describes her experience. “Working in the innovation department, being open to what's new and diverse is fundamental to our progress. I’m glad to see this value applied to create a diverse and inclusive workplace at Sappi.”
As the capital of Europe, Brussels is ideal to host our European HQ by attracting such wide-ranging talent. Heloise Le Drezen, Group Exciter, Innovation and Futures Program Manager, explains: “I experience daily the mix of cultures represented at Sappi. It’s truly inspiring to see all our people with all their different backgrounds working together to achieve our innovation goals.”
Marcella Toson who works as our People and Organisational Development Manager in Italy says: “We encourage people to be themselves and bring their whole selves to Sappi. And to trust that it’s your expertise, ideas and performance that matter most here, not your title or where you come from.”
This unique culture enables people to grow as we grow as a company. “People commonly change roles and work in different departments to gain new skills and experiences. It's a fantastic opportunity to show you can succeed in many areas”, explains Marcella. At the same time, this flexibility can allow you to move into different roles to fit your needs during different stages of life.
“We want people everywhere to see Sappi as an employer of choice”, says Sappi Europe CEO, Marco Eikelenboom. “To know us as a company that's open about our identity and story – the highs and lows – and absolutely committed to continuous improvement on our journey to a thriving world.”