Nature reminds us that life always moves forward and finds a way to advance and thrive. Sappi not only persevered in the face of COVID-19’s devastating impacts on business and markets, but also returned to profitability, exceeded our expectations, and surpassed financial targets.
Sappi exists to build a thriving world by unlocking the power of renewable resources to benefit people, communities, and the planet. A clear embodiment of this mantra is unfolding with developments from the Sappi Biotech division. These biomaterials’ development aims to extract more value from each tree harvested and to provide lower-carbon alternatives to plastic materials commonly used today.
Sappi Continues Push to Enhance Business Diversification
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Sappi’s continual push to find new ways to extract value from trees has resulted in the exploration of unique applications for our line of Valida products. Valida is a micro- and nanofibrillated cellulose manufactured in our pilot facility in the Netherlands. It’s a 100 percent natural, biodegradable, and sustainable material produced by mechanically processing wood fibers to their smallest components, resulting in a dramatically increased surface area and greater strength as well as enhanced optical, chemical, and physical properties.
The past year has been unprecedented. The impact of COVID-19 cast a long shadow over the world. Our business was negatively affected, which influenced our ability to deliver our sustainability goals. However, I am extremely proud of the manner in which the Sappi family stood up and stood together during this time. Across our global operations, our first priority was the immediate safety and wellbeing of our staff and their families.
Small actions at home can make a positive difference for our planet.
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10 Easy Ways When it comes to preserving and protecting our planet, it’s the little things we do every day that really add up and can make a world of difference. Try incorporating some of these small, simple actions into your home routine and be part of a much larger global sustainability movement. You Can Be Sustainable at Home and Make a Big Impact.
It’s amazing how a little good can go such a long way. Find out other ways you can help protect the planet.
Sappi North America's Employees Ideas that Matter program highlights winning projects
Through the structured Employee Ideas that Matter (EITM) program, Sappi North America employees bring their charitable ideas to life. For three years, employees have been applying for direct funding to benefit 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 equipment or supplies.
Shawn Ray, Financial Analyst at Sappi North America’s headquarters in Boston, felt a personal connection when he decided to participate in the 2019 “Pan-Mass Challenge.”
“I ride to make a difference,” said Shawn. “My family has been participating for the better part of 10 years now, and I was lucky enough to join the team. Since losing my grandmother and mentor, Carol Ryan, to cancer in 2014, I knew that I had to get involved, and riding in the Pan-Mass was the best decision I have ever made.”