​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. We annually provide a comprehensive overview of our performance against these principles in our Group Sustainability Report (See related downloads below).

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

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

We report annually on our sustainability performance in our Group Sustainability Report, in accordance with the with Global Reporting Initiative G4 guidelines core. In addition, we publicly disclose our annual submissions to the Carbon Disclosure Project as well as the Forest Footprint Disclosure Project (See related downloads below). We also publish regional sustainability reports (See related downloads below).

“In line with recommendations and at the request of the UNGC Secretariat, we integrate our communication on the UNGC principles into our sustainability reporting and corporate citizenship communication.

Our annual Communication on Progress Report sets out the manner in which we are doing so and also gives an overview of our alignment with the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which came into effect at the beginning of 2016. In keeping with the overarching spirit of the SDGs, our aim is to strengthen the enabling environment for doing business and building markets around the world, thereby addressing the universal need for sustainable development.”

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. A comprehensive overview of our engagement with our stakeholders is available in our Group Sustainability Report.

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.