Social, Environmental and Economic Responsibility form the three pillars of sustainable development. At Sappi we refer to these elements simply as People, Planet and Prosperity.
The sustainability landscape in the paper industry can seem like a maze: a new language with third-party acronyms, certifications and environmental features. Sappi is no different than its customers when it comes to learning how to navigate this labyrinth. As the leader in the global coated fine paper market, we work each and every day at manufacturing our products in responsible and sustainable ways. Staying on top of sustainability issues — and helping our partners, designers, paper merchants and printers who rely on our products, do the same — is part of Sappi’s deep commitment to honoring your trust.
Sappi Limited, our global parent, adopted a group-wide environmental policy in 1999, and in 2005 we established one of the first ever sustainability charters in our industry. In fact, we have the highest degree of transparency amongst all paper companies — and are the only North American coated paper supplier using the G3 Guidelines as outlined by the Global Reporting Initiative. Over 75% of the energy we consume is produced by renewable energy and we have the lowest reported carbon emissions in our industry segment. Additionally, all of our mills are triple certified by the Program for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC), Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), and Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI).