Updating Policies: Sappi Group Takes a Fresh Look at Wood Fiber Procurement
In 2018, the Sappi Group updated its Woodfibre Procurement Policy to set clearer parameters for our wood, chip and pulp procurement operations as well as to establish clearer direction to our suppliers. The policy requires that all wood and pulp sourced for Sappi globally must come from well-managed forests and be third-party verified that it is from controlled and noncontroversial sources. The policy reflects Sappi’s inclusive approach to support all three of the leading international forest certification systems, namely the FSC, SFI and PEFC programs. The amended Group Policy achieves a balance of environmental, social and economic values in a manner that promotes forest health and supports community well-being. Please visit sappi.com/GroupFiberPolicy.
Sappi North America’s Sustainable Forestry Policy was also strengthened in 2018 under the leadership of our new Forest Certification Manager, Rebecca Barnard. SNA’s procurement practices extend far beyond avoidance of controversial sources by requiring the promotion of biodiversity, logger training, forest research, landowner and community outreach, and implementation of best management practices for soil and water conservation, as evidenced by our conformance to the SFI Fiber Sourcing Standard.
Read more from Sappi North America's 2018 Sustainability Report here: tiny.cc/SappiNA_SR18