Sustainable development initiatives and responsible operations are two important factors for managing a successful company. At Sappi, sustainability governance permeates our corporate structure, involving every segment of our business and all operating functions. Our sustainability governance is made up of six committees that each create strategy, set goals and monitor progress across different aspects of managing our business in accordance with our holistic view of sustainability.
Social, Ethics, Transformation and Sustainability Committee
The Social, Ethics, Transformation and Sustainability (SETS) Committee comprises four independent non-executive directors, a non-executive director and the CEO. Other executive and group management committee members attend SETS Committee meetings by invitation. Its mandate is to oversee the group's sustainability strategies, ethics management, good corporate citizenship, labour and employment as well as its contribution to social and economic development and, with regards to the group's South African subsidiaries, the strategic business priority of transformation.
Regional sustainability councils provide strategic and operational support to the SETS Committee in dealing with day-to-day sustainability issues and helping to develop and entrench related initiatives in the business. The SETS Committee is chaired by Mohammed Valli Moosa.
Group Sustainability Council
The Sappi Group Sustainability Council is chaired by Graeme Wild, Group Head Investor Relations and Sustainability, and meets quarterly to share best practices, exchange information on emerging issues, and to report progress against goals and key initiatives. The group council coordinates reviews of policies as directed by the SETS Committee. Members also review regional information for various disclosure mechanisms; including the CDP’s climate change program and forests program and the Group Sustainability Report.
Sappi NA Sustainability Steering Committee
Mark Gardner, President and Chief Executive Officer of Sappi North America, chairs the Sustainability Steering Committee made up of senior-level executives in all four business units and several key functions. The Committee, which meets monthly, is responsible for setting long-term goals, conducting progress reviews of these goals and ensuring that adequate organizational resources are dedicated to achieving sustainability initiatives. Jennifer Miller, Chief Business Sustainability Officer, is responsible for ensuring that Sappi’s sustainability strategy is consistent with overall business goals and objectives, including capital plans and compliance with stated corporate governance standards.
Sustainability Customer Council
The Sustainability Customer Council is made up of Sappi customers, representing multiple customer segments of the graphics, packaging and release papers businesses, including merchants, printers, converters, publishers, corporate end-users and graphic designers. In semiannual meetings, the Council provides valuable input on emerging issues. Kathy Fernstrom, Key Accounts Manager in our Publishing Sales Group, chairs the Council.
Laura M. Thompson, PhD, Director of Sustainable Development and Global Policy Initiatives, chairs this Council comprising representatives from all of Sappi North America’s business segments, manufacturing facilities and corporate functions. The Council meets twice monthly to review progress against goals and strategic objectives. Dr. Thompson also represents the North American region on Sappi’s Global Sustainability Council, which meets regularly to share best practices and maintain the global charter.
The Sappi North America Sustainability Ambassadors are chartered with supporting communications, training and community outreach events centered on environmental activities. The grassroots work that the Ambassadors do on a local level is critical to the success of Sappi’s sustainability commitment. Ambassadors meet annually at a company-wide assembly focused on sharing best practices and planning for the upcoming year. Workshops and routine meetings are held throughout the year.