Sappi North America Receives Platinum Rating from EcoVadis

Company recognized again for top-standard sustainability efforts, scoring in the top 1% of companies evaluated

BOSTON, Dec. 1, 2020 -- Sappi North America, Inc., a leading producer and supplier of diversified paper, packaging products and pulp, has been awarded a platinum score in the latest EcoVadis rating, alongside the company's regional counterparts Sappi Europe and Sappi Southern Africa.

EcoVadis is a leader in third-party evaluations of business sustainability performance, and its platinum medal is only awarded to those companies who score in the top 1% for sustainability practices. EcoVadis measures four categories when making their determination: Sustainable Procurement, Ethics, Labor & Human Rights, and Environment. In all four categories Sappi North America improved from its previous scorecard, moving from the 96th to the 99th percentile overall. In the Environment category, Sappi North America did exceptionally well, garnering a 90 out of 100.

"We are very pleased to see improvement in all four categories," said Sandy Taft, Director of Sustainability at Sappi North America. "We are developing new strategies and processes to improve even further upon these results next year."

Sappi North America is fully committed to an innovative and comprehensive approach to sustainability. Sappi relies on third-party evaluators like EcoVadis to benchmark the company's efforts and identify areas for improvement.

"The pillars of our business strategy are people, planet and prosperity," said Taft. "By actively engaging in sustainable practices and efficiently using our primary renewable resource, wood fiber, we will meet our commitment to all three." Sappi has finalized it sustainability goals for the next five years and they are now aligned with select United Nations Sustainability Development Goals. "In doing so," said Taft, "Sappi intends to do its part in building a thriving world."

To learn more about Sappi and its sustainability efforts, please click here or download the company's 2019 Sustainability Report.

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. The success of our four diversified businesses – high-quality Coated Printing Papers, Pulp, Packaging and Specialty Papers and Casting and Release Papers – is driven by strong customer relationships, best-in-class people and advantaged assets, products and services. Our high-quality Graphic Papers, including McCoy, Opus, Somerset, and Flo, are the key platform for premium magazines, catalogs, books, direct mail and high-end print advertising. We are a leading manufacturer of Dissolving Pulp with our Verve brand, a sustainable fiber, 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, Spectro and Proto, and for the food and label industries with our specialty papers, LusterPrint and LusterCote. We are also one of the world's leading suppliers of Casting and Release Papers with our Ultracast, PolyEx and Classics lines for the automotive, fashion and engineered films industries. Customers rely on Sappi for high technical, operational and market expertise; products and services delivered with consistently high quality and reliability; and, state-of-the-art and cost-competitive assets and innovative spirit.

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.