​Sustainability Goals

Since 2008, Sappi North America has established regional long-term goals to focus our collective efforts on areas that are critical to our business. Achieving these goals improves our performance and helps assure our success for years to come.

In concert with our new global strategy, 2020Vision, we have established several goals that cross all regions including safety, certified forest fiber, energy reductions and overall financial performance.

In addition to the global goals, we have also set regional goals for employee training and the reduction of raw material waste. Below you will see a brief description of each goal and the metrics we use to track performance. Performance against goals is reported annually through our regional sustainability reports. The compilation of each region’s contribution to Sappi’s global goals is also published in our company’s annual report.

Achieve Zero Workplace Injuries

Safety is the top priority at Sappi. Across all regions, we are committed to zero workplace injuries. The metric we use to measure our progress toward meeting our goal is known as lost time injury frequency rate (LTIFR), which tracks work-related incidences resulting in injuries that reduce an employee’s physical capabilities.

Offer 60 Hours of Training and Education per Employee Annually

We believe that maintaining a skilled workforce is critical to achieving high performance in our complex manufacturing operations and business management systems. As we are facing turnover due to a large number of pending retirements and are hiring new employees at a relatively high rate, delivering ongoing training that effectively grows the skills of our employees is essential.

Ensure 60 Percent Total Certified Fiber Content

All of Sappi North America’s US-based paper and packaging mills are triple certified in accordance with the leading global sustainable forestry chain of custody certification systems, including the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®-C014955), the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®) program, and the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC/29-31-10).  One hundred percent of Sappi North America’s wood, chips and pulp are sourced from well-managed forests and is third-party verified as originating from controlled and non-controversial sources.  All of the wood and chips that Sappi North America procures conforms to the SFI Fiber Sourcing Standard.  This standard provides third-party verified claims and customer assurance of Sappi’s responsible procurement operations that utilize trained loggers and contribute to biodiversity, forest research, adherence to best management practices, and landowner outreach.  Our performance against this goal is measured as percentage of certified fiber (from both the pulp we produce and that which we buy) across all three mills.

Reduce the Total Amount of Energy Expended in Making Each Ton of Product by Five Percent

Energy is an ongoing topic of concern globally and is extremely important to Sappi and our stakeholder groups. Energy from fossil fuels is linked to climate change and is a major cost driver in the wood products industry. By running our mills more efficiently, energy consumption is lowered. If we ensure that all of the products we produce are saleable, then we avoid the energy waste associated with remaking the products. Therefore, we have established a goal to reduce energy intensity by five percent.

Reduce Pulp Mill Raw Material Waste by Ten Percent and Paper Mill Waste by Five Percent

Efficient use of raw materials improves front-end cost savings, reduces environmental impact, and lowers costs associated with waste processing. To achieve these benefits, we have separate goals for the pulping and papermaking process areas.  We are targeting a 10 percent reduction in raw material waste in our pulp mills. We track losses by measuring the amount of fiber in the pulp mill process drains before these streams enter our on-site treatment plants. In the paper mills, process losses are made up of fiber as well as pigments used as fillers in the base sheet and paper coatings.

Contribute to 15% group EBITDA margin target

Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization (EBITDA) is a standard measure of profitability and financial performance.  Sappi Limited uses the EBITDA margin (EBITDA expressed as a percentage of sales) as one of our key metrics to measure the success of our strategy and mission to be a trusted and sustainable company, setting 15 percent as our Group target.  To ensure global sustainability reporting consistency, SNA is using EBITDA margin as our prosperity measure.

We establish goals to ensure that Sappi North America continues as a thriving, sustainable, re-investable company. Whether you are an employee, customer, shareholder or a member of one of our mill communities, you should know how we are doing in terms of employee training and safety, key environmental metrics and, of course, financial returns.
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