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.
Sappi North America received a $100,000 training grant in September from the Minnesota Office of Higher Education and Department of Labor and Industry. The grant allows Sappi to strengthen the local workforce by providing advanced technical training to employees, while improving functions and safety at its Cloquet Mill. SNA has participated in the grant program six times and continues to offer the opportunity for up to 25 employees each year to join a training cohort. Through the years, this grant has provided on-site training to more than 100 employees.
Sappi's Ideas That Matter grant winner makes peaceful demands to right our inequitable world
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In 2015, 826LA and in 2016, 826 National were Ideas that Matter grant recipients. 826 is the largest youth writing network in the country with nine chapters that serve nearly 40,000 under-resourced students ages 6-18 each year. Each chapter has an imaginative storefront that reimagines tutoring as anything but traditional; provides a gateway for meeting families, teachers, and volunteers; and connects students with community members.
Sappi's Ideas That Matter grant winner makes creative shift during the pandemic
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In 2018, Allyson Lack, Founder and Creative Director of the design studio Principal, received an ITM grant to design and produce a cookbook for stakeholders of the Houston-based nonprofit, Brighter Bites. Since its inception in 2012, Brighter Bites has provided more than 27,000,000 pounds of fresh produce and millions of nutrition education to more than 275,000 individuals in multiple cities across the country. They work with public schools and community centers to assemble and distribute fruits and vegetables and materials to families in need.
Total energy consumed is one of the most important mill metrics we have. It captures the efficiency of our operations in both the numerator (gigajoules of energy used) and the denominator (air-dried metric tons of paper produced). By running our mills more efficiently, energy consumption is lowered. If we ensure that all of the products we produce are saleable, then we avoid the energy waste associated with remaking the products.
On August 1, 2019, Sappi Limited was very excited to announce the completion of the $175 million transaction to acquire Matane Mill from Rayonier Advanced Materials. Joining Sappi are approximately 150 talented employees who operate this high-yield hardwood pulp mill that is located on Quebec’s Gaspé Peninsula at the mouth of the Matane River.
Company introduces 2025 goals that align with SDGs
As we enter into the last year of our five-year performance cycle, we’re already thinking about what 2025 might look like.
Our sustainability journey began in earnest back in 2008 when we became a signatory to the UN Global Compact. The Compact had us focusing on four broad topics as a means to improve society: human rights, labor, environment, and anti-corruption. To deliver in these areas, we set goals and targets that were most applicable to the difference we could make with our business. Since that time, we’ve accomplished a great deal.