Our global commitments

​Our global commitments

We hold ourselves accountable to global sustainability best practice standards by transparently measuring, monitoring and communicating our economic, social and environmental performance.

We signed up to the UN Global Compact in 2008, a framework for businesses that are committed to aligning their operations and strategies with ten universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labour, the environment and anticorruption. We believe that supporting this initiative will help achieve a more sustainable and inclusive global economy and that the UN Global Compact principles complement and build on our existing commitments.

Our global group and regional targets reflect issues are a key element in our work to enhance our sustainability performance.

Our Sustainability Charter and group policies (see related downloads) give all our geographically diverse stakeholders a common blueprint for action.

We report annually in terms of the G4 Global Reporting Initiative (core), in addition to publicly disclosing our submission to the Carbon Disclosure Project as well as the Forest Footprint Disclosure Project. We also publish regional sustainability reports (See related downloads below).

“Recognising that we can only succeed when the world around us is thriving, we welcome the announcement of Agenda 2030 and publication of the global Sustainable Development Goals to which the UNGC made considerable input. Sappi is reviewing the new materials provided by the UNGC to guide engagement with the SDGs. Going forward, we will take action on the goals which are strategically relevant from both a risk and growth standpoint.

We will achieve this firstly, by conducting business responsibly and secondly, by pursuing opportunities to solve societal challenges through business innovation and collaboration.”

Steve Binnie, Chief Executive Officer, Sappi Limited

We engage with a broad range of stakeholders through a variety of formal and informal channels – from ongoing engagement across all our stakeholder groupings, including investors, government, industry bodies, customers, communities and NGOs, to collective public meetings with stakeholders by our mills, as well as surveys of selected groups such as employees, customers and investors and audits with suppliers. We view stakeholder engagement not as a once-off annual intervention but as an ongoing dynamic process which enables us to respond to the changing nature of issues of interested and affected parties.

Our ability to deliver value creation for our shareholders by focusing on improved profitability, strategic positioning and debt reduction lies at the heart of our commitment to sustainability.

Active corporate citizenship programmes relevant to the needs of the communities where we operate ensure that we promote socio-economic development within these communities.

Recognising that we live in a world where natural resources are under increasing pressure, we aim to lighten our environmental footprint.