Sustainability

Looking after employee and community health
In many isolated rural areas in South Africa, there is limited access to formal clinics and hospitals. Sappi is helping to close the gap of limited access to government-run clinics and hospitals.
Expanding the role of women in Sappi Forests
Talking to Nomathemba Sikhakhane, Forester, Glenthorpe Plantation, Mpumalanga.
Ensuring shared value throughout the forestry value chain
The barriers to entry to tree-farming are high, and unaffordable for many. That’s where our tree grower enterprise development initiative, Sappi Khulisa, comes in.
Learning a different set of skills
Pattern-cutting and sewing are not skills generally associated with fitters, millwrights and instrument technicians. However, one of the key things COVID-19 has taught us is the importance of flexibility.
Giving people the tools to succeed
Our focus is on equipping our people and the communities in which we operate with the life and career skills, knowledge and confidence to build on their own capabilities and further their development.
Actively participating in transformation
As a company headquartered in South Africa, with significant assets and people, transformation is an important component of our reputation and licence to trade.
Compassion and humanity. Those are the attributes of ‘ubuntu’. And that’s the spirit Sappi demonstrated during the Covid-19 pandemic in a number of different ways.
Long-lasting change comes from within individuals and within communities. Against this backdrop, in 2015, Sappi SA launched the Abashintshi (’Changers’ in isiZulu) programme.
Driving holistic Enterprise and Supplier Development
Small businesses have been called ‘the backbone of any economy’. They fuel local growth and development, sustain workers in meaningful employment and provide vital services.
In November 2019, we announced our intention to make investments totalling up to ZAR14 billion over the next six years in our South African operations.

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