Sappi awards Ideas that Matter winner $50k grant to help pediatric burn patients
For nearly two decades, Ideas that Matter has been a cornerstone in Sappi North America’s corporate responsibility efforts. By supporting the work of designers who are creating print communications to help solve complex social issues, Ideas that Matter is an important participant in the design for social good movement.
As part of its 17th annual Ideas that Matter program, Sappi North America awarded a team of students from ArtCenter College of Design a $50,000 grant to continue the development and implementation of “The Healing Tree: The Safe Niño’s Project.”
Sappi understands the importance of creating innovative solutions that meet evolving customer needs. Our future success depends on listening to, communicating with and responding to our customers. From award-winning product development to stunning promotional campaign materials and a groundbreaking retrospective collection, Sappi stands apart.
New Program Supports Employee Ideas and Charitable Causes
Inspired by the success of Sappi’s Ideas that Matter program, the company launched a similar program in 2016 called Employee Ideas that Matter. The semi-annual program commits Sappi North America to donate a total of $25,000 to causes that are important to employees. Here are a few examples of the organizations that Sappi is honored to support through this program:
The Michael T. Goulet Traumatic Brain Injury & Epilepsy Foundation, Nominated by Foundation Founder Brad Goulet, Hydro Manager and Utilities Engineer at Westbrook Mill
Minnesota mill reaches over 2 million man hours without loss-time injury
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Sappi North America’s mill in Cloquet, Minnesota, reached a company milestone of over 2 million hours worked without a lost-time injury.
This achievement comes on the heels of the mill’s achievement of 1 million hours worked without injury.
Under the leadership of President and CEO Mark Gardner, safety has become a top priority for Sappi North America. While all three mills emphasize safety, the Cloquet Mill’s performance is exemplary. Some of this can be attributed to four initiatives implemented in the past year.
When you work in a remote location, every second counts in an emergency. An ambulance typically takes eight to ten minutes to reach the Somerset Mill location, so early intervention can provide the best possible outcome. That’s why each member of the 15-person team of security guards at Somerset Mill is also a certified Emergency Medical Technician. They’re available at a moment’s notice to respond to any emergency.
Our people are critical to our operations. A key component to any successful employee engagement program is communication. At Sappi North America, we prioritize our communication efforts to ensure that all of our associates are informed of, and feel connected to, the organization’s business, mission, strategy and values. To this end, we utilize a number of resources, including email, social media, newsletters, events, video and printed collateral, to maintain organizational alignment and morale.
We’re excited to report that 2017 was the best safety year in our recorded history, tied with 2013, and our most complex locations, the Somerset and Cloquet mills, clocked in with record-breaking safety performances.
We’ve established a global goal of zero workplace incidents consistent with “Project Zero,” and our overall safety program targets, and we continue to use the Lost Time Injury Frequency Rate to measure work-related incidents.
Sappi’s shared service center in South Portland Maine has implemented a program that collects the office’s organic solid waste on-site, adding a compost container to complement the existing single-stream recycling and landfill waste containers.
By working with Garbage to Garden, a Mainebased organization and one of the fi rst in the US to offer residential pick-up of solid organic waste, the office has further reduced waste to landfill.
Using extensive environmental experience to further progress company’s sustainability efforts
BOSTON, October 30, 2018 /3BL Media/ –Sappi North America, Inc., a leading producer and supplier of diversified paper, packaging products and dissolving wood pulp, today announced the appointment of Alexander “Sandy” Taft as director of sustainability. Taft will work cross-functionally within Sappi’s North American operations to drive sustainability strategy and execution. Taft will also work with counterparts in Sappi’s European and South African offices to ensure consistency with global sustainability goals.