Sustainability

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.
Mapping the new world of climate change
A preliminary climate change investigation conducted by Sappi Forests’ scientists indicated that climate change is likely to be greater in Southern Africa compared to the world average.
A multi-pronged response to climate change
Climate change can stress forests and plantations through higher mean annual temperatures, altered precipitation patterns and more frequent and extreme weather conditions.
High demand for a high-performance fluting grade, UltraFlute, produced at Tugela Mill, increased the internal requirements for high-quality neutral sulphite semi-chemical (NSCC) pulp from the semi-chemical cooking process.
Saiccor Mill and wastewater
The world’s oceans are under increasing pressure, which is why it’s important to maintain marine biodiversity. That’s the overarching focus of the Saiccor Mill outfall monitoring programme.

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