Sustainability in Southern Africa

Sustainability is the driving force in every decision we make as a company.

As we focus on creating value for our shareholders, we take cognisance of our impact on this planet and stakeholders to ensure that all benefit in the long term. Sustainability is not an add-on, but an entrenched part of the way we manage our daily business activities, mitigate risk, leverage opportunities and plan for the future.

Of particular importance in South Africa, is the role that Sappi plays in community development. Our large footprint in rural areas due to the location of our forests and mills focuses our attention, as a responsible corporate citizen, on the needs of these communities; resulting in actions which not only strengthen our business but also have a positive impact on the lives of the people in our communities.

Realising that we could not continue to do tomorrow what we did yesterday, over the last few years we have reviewed and refocused our business.

Our strategy of empowering our employees to reach their full potential extends to the communities around our operations.

Our holistic approach to the environment begins with responsible management and procurement of our woodfibre resources and continues through every aspect of the manufacturing cycle.

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

We support the spirit of Broad-based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) and commit Sappi to significant planned and enacted transformation.

Our commitment to inclusive stakeholder engagement is based on regular, transparent communication underpinned by the principles of relevance, completeness and responsiveness.

Sustainability in other regions

The principles of responsible corporate citizenship underpin our business decisions, strategies and processes and are incorporated into our everyday operations.

At Sappi Europe, we have chosen to be eco-effective, integrating the way we do business with our approach to the environment.

Learn more about our operations and key sustainability issues in North America.