Forest management and harvesting can be contentious and controversial, especially when done in a densely populated area or on public lands that are cherished for their serenity, recreational opportunities, and conservation values. At Sappi, we believe that the right approach when managing timber is to integrate forest management—especially timber harvesting—into the local culture by sharing information and collaborating with local communities and the public, as showcased in these three coastal Maine harvests.
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.
Responsible manufacturing begins with responsible sourcing. In the US, a strong legal framework has instilled responsible forestry practices for generations. The Clean Water Act first established the requirement for best management practices (BMPs) in the 1970s. BMP’s are adopted at the state level and are evaluated and revised over time by each state. Third-party forest certification standards have led to additional improvements and provide a scalable assurance mechanism for stakeholders.
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Lucas (Luke) Lamond grew up in the forestry business working in the woods with his father, a consulting forester who taught him everything about forest management. Luke is a graduate of the University of Maine in Orono with a degree in Forest Operations, Bioproducts and Bioenergy. In 2014 he was awarded the College of Forest Resources’ Dwight B. Demeritt Forestry Award, which is issued to recognize the top students in forest resources and wildlife.
Sappi North America highlights winning projects of Ideas that Matter program
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For the past 19 years, Sappi has empowered great ideas by supporting designers that use their time and talent for good. Since the inception of the Ideas that Matter program, Sappi has donated over $13 million in grants to support more than 500 charities. Sappi is giving back by encouraging local initiatives and making a difference in communities around the United States and around the world.
Through the Employee Ideas that Matter program, Sappi employees bring their charitable ideas to life. Employees apply for direct funding to 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.
New devices made from patterned release paper— for use in biotechnical applications—were included as one of five discoveries showcased at the University of Maine earlier this year, as part of their Maine Innovation, Research and Technology Accelerator (MIRTA) program. The innovative devices were developed in partnership with Sappi’s Westbrook Technology Center. MIRTA is a 16-week program that guides participants through customer discovery, market analysis, intellectual property analysis, and the development of a business model.
The Sappi Group Chief Executive’s Award recognizes individuals who have demonstrated and lived out Sappi’s values through exceptional efforts. Since 2013, we have recognized 21 colleagues across the globe for their contributions in line with Sappi’s core values. This year, there were many strong nominations that showed a commitment to our One Sappi drive and 2020Vision. Sappi North America’s award recipient, Heather Pelletier, was a clear choice.
To meet customer needs for renewable paperbased packaging, we comprehensively rebuilt Paper Machine 1 (PM1) at our Somerset Mill in Skowhegan, Maine. In 2018, we completed the 16-month project, launching a broad range of high-quality paperboard products. Maine’s governor joined Sappi management, local legislators, state officials, and members of the media to tour the rebuilt paper machine, see examples of the mill’s new packaging products, and ask questions of the staff and Sappi officials at the event.
Sappi Limited is proud to earn a spot in the FTSE/ JSE Responsible Investment Top 30 Index. The Socially Responsible Investment Index is a partnership between FTSE Russell, the global index provider, and JSE’s work promoting corporate sustainability practices. Sappi Limited announced their inclusion in the index in July 2018.