Our strategy of empowering our employees to reach their full potential extends to the communities around our operations.
Skills development—both internal and external—is a key aspect of our approach to social responsibility, given that operating successfully in a technical environment like ours depends on having a strong skills base. Our skills development strategy is aligned with the South African government’s focus on integrated workplace learning and skills development, and aims to develop a pool of the scarce and critical skills needed to enhance our own sustainability and that of our industry.
Currently, we are involved in a number of internal skills development initiatives, all of which have a strong bias towards uplifting the previously disadvantaged. These include bursaries, a graduates-in-training programme, apprenticeships (directed by a sector education and training authority and presented by an accredited training provider) and learnerships. In FY2018, the average number of training hours per employee in Sappi Southern Africa was 39, with average training spend per employee amounting to approximately US$700.
In view of our commitment to promoting a healthy life style and nurturing an appreciation for nature and the sustainable use of renewable resources, we support mountain biking on Sappi land and have taken up the naming rights of Sappi Karkloof MTB; the Sappi Mankele Mountain Bike Challenge and the Sappi Howick MTB Classic.
Our employee wellbeing programme includes various initiatives including substance abuse (alcohol and drugs), weight-loss programmes and awareness programmes including cancer, HIV/AIDS and TB. Our focus is on educating and empowering our people with the skills to take ownership of their wellbeing to make better lifestyle choices, and where necessary, to support them and provide care and treatment.
Please click here to view our FAQs on ‘HIV/AIDS in Southern Africa’.
Our approach to safety is based on the principles of our global initiative, Project Zero - zero fatalities and zero injuries. Our safety approach comprises four behaviour based steps:
Our safety performance is reported on annually in our sustainability reports.