Sappi’s Commitment to Sustainable Forestry is Bar None

Sep 15, 2016 9:00 AM ET

Responsible manufacturing begins with responsible procure­ment. For the wood products industry, it is paramount that our natural resources are used sustainably. Wood supplies the bulk of renewable energy that drives our mills, and cellu­lose fibers comprise the primary ingredient in our paper and pulp products, making healthy and abundant forests critical to the long-term viability of each of our core businesses.

In the US, a strong legal framework has shaped and upheld responsible forestry practices for generations. Federal and state governments have a multitude of laws in place that not only cover rightful ownership, but also work to protect threatened and endangered species, regulate chemical use and provide for safe harvesting and fair labor practices.

Sappi North America is committed to sourcing 100 percent of our wood and market kraft pulp from well-managed forests. We are members of the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) as well as the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®)— two of the world’s leading independent non-profit organizations that are responsible for developing sustainable forestry cer­tification programs. With less than 10 percent of the world’s forests certified to a credible standard, we support inclusive policy positions based on multiple standards. Furthermore, we strive to expand certification across the supply chain with an emphasis on growing certified land in the regions that provide fiber to our mills.

Learn more about sustainable forestry at Sappi and how we impact our communities, customers and employees in the 2015 Sappi North America Sustainability Report: