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
Employee safety is a top priority at Sappi North America and is guided by our Project Zero program, which sets a global goal of zero workplace safety incidents. Lost Time Injury Frequency Rate (LTIFR) is one important measure for tracking 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
We continue to support and recognize the efforts of multiple, third-party certification programs, including the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC-C014955), the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®) and the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification™ (PEFC™). One hundred percent of our wood fiber is sourced from responsible fiber sources in accordance with the FSC® controlled wood standard as well as the SFI® certified sourcing standard. Building on the strong legal framework within the US, these standards offer additional assurances that there are no controversial sources in our wood and fiber supply. Our performance against this goal is measured as percentage of certified fiber (from both the pulp we produce and that which we buy) in all our products 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. 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 lowers cost and reduces environmental impacts. 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.
Achieve or Exceed 12 Percent Return on Net Operating Assets
Return on net operating assets (RONOA) is a clear indicator of the financial performance of our operations and the ability to effectively use our asset base to generate profit. We have built flexibility into our manufacturing systems to provide our operations personnel with more tools to manage the business. Our teams work to achieve increased operational efficiencies while closely managing both fixed and variable costs.