As a proudly South African company, Sappi is proud of the significant investments they have announced over the last two years in their four mills. These investments will create jobs, promote economic development and enable Sappi to remain globally competitive as we move forward into the next decade.
The investments also enable Sappi to continue to entrench their longstanding track record of responsible corporate citizenship throughout their operations. Whether it is delivering solutions to customers who recognise dissolving pulp, certified graphic paper and paper packaging as the responsible and sustainable options, or providing people with opportunities to improve their circumstances, Sappi’s focus is on leveraging their corporate assets to create value for society, people and their communities in an environmentally responsible manner.
Sappi is doing so in alignment with the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) established by the United Nations to drive social, economic and environmental progress. While Sappi has identified certain specific goals on which they are focusing, their integrated approach to responsible corporate citizenship means their actions underpin all 17 SDG’s.
Sappi has identified nine priority SDG’s including:
1. No poverty
2. Quality education
3. Clean water and sanitation
4. Affordable and clean energy,
5. Decent work and economic growth,
6. Consumption and production
7. Climate action
8. Life on land
9. Partnerships for the goals
For Sappi, responsible consumption and production is about unlocking the full potential of trees. Sustainable businesses operate within the limits of a finite world, focus on resource efficiency and use raw materials that are fit for purpose, where useful life is maximised. Sappi uses woodfibre, sourced from sustainably managed forests and plantations in manufacturing processes focused on extracting the most value from this renewable resource, for economic and environmental sustainability.
Sappi also makes strategic community investments that empower people to become self-sustainable, shifting the mindset to a “can do” and “will do” attitude. This results in a broader positive impact to the community and not only individuals. It is a shared value approach which increases access and social mobility but also educate and uplift communities. The shared value impact strengthens the security of supply and services needed for Sappi’s operations and further expands our licence to operate and thrive.
Sappi believes that growth is the path to a brighter future for all. We work together to unleash the power of growth and unlock our individual and collective potential. Sappi does so by balancing our actions, driven by our passion to create a thriving world that is better tomorrow than today.