Sustainability Report 2018

Sustainability Report 2018

At Sappi North America, we recognize that strong, sustainable companies don't merely manage against quarterly financial targets — they invest in the people they employ, they make commitments to protect the planet from the wasteful use of natural resources, and they have a clear vision for achieving profitable growth and prosperity for current and future generations.

Since the release of our first Sustainability Report in 2011 we have consistently demonstrated a commitment to transparency, innovation and doing good - environmentally, socially and economically.

The three pillars of sustainability – People, Planet and Prosperity – remain core to our operations. We are committed to helping all our partners across the supply chain understand the true footprint of our business so that they can trust that when they do business with us, they are doing business with the leader in the industry.

The year was filled with transformation including the completion of a paper machine rebuild at Sappi’s Somerset Mill, the development of a new packaging line, the launch of a new dissolving pulp product brand, Verve, and the introduction of a new sustainability leadership team. This team of experts is committed to maintaining a collaborative work environment and driving sustainability efforts with successful employee engagement. Together, they bring a diversified approach that will continue to strengthen Sappi’s leading sustainability strategies and build a strong path toward solving the challenges of the future.

Highlights of our 2018 Sustainability Report include:

  • Excellent industrial safety performance with a Lost Time Injury Frequency Rate of 0.35 for the year—the lowest in Sappi North America’s history.
  • Among the lowest carbon footprints in our sector, with just 0.38 tons of CO2 generated per ton of product made. In fact, over 75% of our total energy needs are derived from renewable resources like woody biomass.
  • 100% of our wood and pulp is sourced in conformance with the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI) Fiber Standard and 58% is third-party certified under either SFI®, FSC®, PEFC™ or as part of a Point of Harvest program.  
  • Strong and innovative waste reduction initiatives, including reuse of byproducts to avoid landfill.  Looking at pulp mill operations alone, this year we reduced waste by 18 percent from our 2014 baseline.

We have our eye to the future, not only for the evolution of our business and products, but the impact that we will continue to have on our environment. We strive to find sustainable solutions to everything that we do, and we thank you, our stakeholders, for helping us along the way.

To learn more, download a PDF of Sappi North America’s 2018 Sustainability Report here.

Content from this campaign

The Impact of Design Through Social Good
For the past 19 years, Sappi has empowered great ideas by supporting designers that use their time and talent for good. Since the inception of the Ideas that Matter program, Sappi has donated over $13 million in grants to support more than 500 charities. Sappi is giving back by encouraging local initiatives and making a difference in communities around the United States and around the world....
Oct 8, 2019 3:35 PM ET
A Letter From Jennifer Miller
Looking back on 2018, I am struck by the degree to which sustainability-driven values, ideas, and strategies were an integral part of Sappi North America’s business success. We have a market advantage as a renewable resource company, offering customers around the globe sustainably sourced printing papers, packaging, and specialties, and dissolving wood pulp products. Our energy profile makes...
Sep 27, 2019 5:40 PM ET
Sappi Grant Publishes Children's Book on Diversity and Inclusion for Westbrook, Maine Schools
Through the Employee Ideas that Matter program, Sappi employees bring their charitable ideas to life. Employees apply for direct funding to the nonprofit organizations that they are most passionate about, and the winners share $25,000 in corporate giving to support their selected causes. Funding can be used in many ways—from financing a project, sponsoring a trail cleanup, or providing new...
Sep 24, 2019 4:15 PM ET
Sappi Awards Girl Scouts of Maine With Unique Paper Scientist Patch
To encourage girls to pursue fields in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), several Sappi employees worked with the Girl Scouts of Maine to develop a first-of-its-kind Girl Scout Paper Scientist Patch. It was awarded to 15 Girl Scouts from Troop 574 in Westbrook, Maine and Troop 2070 in Gorham, Maine. Girls earn their patch by learning about paper and paper products...
Sep 19, 2019 2:40 PM ET
Sappi Maintains Healthy, Safe and Engaged Workforce. Here's How
Because our employees are the glue that holds our organization together, maintaining a healthy, safe and engaged workforce is a priority at Sappi North America. Project Zero focus drives record-breaking safety performance Thanks to the focus and dedication of every one of our employees, we achieved a Lost Time Injury Frequency Rate (LTIFR) of 0.35 for the year,...
Sep 10, 2019 4:35 PM ET

Pages