Environmental and social responsibility goals go hand in hand with financial success. Environmental initiatives drive direct savings in energy and materials, employee training increases productivity and customer satisfaction, and strong sustainability positioning results in higher levels of customer loyalty, revenue and profit.
Sappi has long operated three business units in North America—coated papers, release papers and pulp. In 2014 we added specialty packaging as a fourth business unit within the region. Combined with recent investments in our other three business units, we have increased the diversity of products we manufacture and are well positioned to retain our competitive advantage and increase profitability despite difficult market conditions. Our future depends on the success of all four business units.
Climate change is attributed to deforestation and emissions from the combustion of fossil fuels, among other causes. Biomass is considered carbon neutral when the growth rate of forests is greater than or equal to harvest levels, as is the case in North America. The carbon neutrality of biogenic fuels has been recognized by an abundance of studies and institutions, including the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Sappi North America is proud to say that it has the lowest carbon footprint among domestic producers of coated freesheet paper.
Since 2008, Sappi North America has established regional long-term goals to focus our collective efforts on areas that are critical to our business. Achieving these goals improves our performance and helps assure our success for years to come. In concert with our new global strategy, 2020Vision, we have established several goals that cross all regions. Benchmarking from a 2014 baseline, this year marks our first year of performance against those new global goals. In addition to the global goals, we have also set regional goals for employee training and the reduction of raw material waste.
Have you heard of Sappi’s Ideas that Matter competition? More than a decade ago, Sappi established the grant program to recognize and support designers who use their skills and expertise to solve communications problems for a wide range of charitable activities. Since 1999, Sappi has funded over 500 nonprofit projects, contributing over US$12million worldwide to causes that enhance our lives and our planet.
We are proud to collaborate with Two Sides North America to share this infographic that depicts how paper is made and why it is a sustainable resource for the planet. We hope that by sharing this we can help spread the word that certain misconceptions about the pulp and paper industry are not based in fact.
Each year, in our annual sustainability report, we look forward to reporting our progress against goals we set to ensure that Sappi North America continues as a thriving, sustainable, re-investable company. We’re committed to keeping you informed on how we’re doing in terms of employee training and safety, key environmental metrics and, of course, financial returns.
The following highlights are just a few of the achievements accomplished in 2015:
The seventh annual report in Sappi North America’s sustainability series highlights its excellent goal performance and a clear, aspirational vision for the future
BOSTON, April 28, 2016 /3BL Media/ – Sappi North America, a leading producer and supplier of diversified paper and packaging products, has announced the release of its 2015 Sustainability Report. The report showcases Sappi’s industry leading sustainability performance.