Towards increased stakeholder value

The seed of the lotus flower can remain at the bottom of a pond for as long as 1,300 years before it rises to float on the top. Here it becomes an exquisite flower, opening in the morning and closing in the evening. The flower is a powerful metaphor for regeneration and renewal.



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About this report

About our theme Renewal
The way the world works is fundamentally changing. Today’s businesses, governments, societies and individuals are responding to shifts that would have seemed unimaginable even a few years ago. These shifts mean that we are recalibrating our approach to issues of commerce, community and consumption― rethinking the value business adds to our daily lives, reformulating social contracts and focusing more intensely on the regeneration of natural resources. At Sappi, we see these shifts as representing an opportunity for renewing our commitment to Prosperity, People and Planet. Read more

Message from Steve Binnie

Chief Executive Officer, Sappi Limited

The past year focused on investing for the future. Investing to secure more benefits for our stakeholders, investing in our people and investing in reducing our environmental footprint. Significant projects at our Maastricht and Somerset Mills expanded our capacity of specialities and packaging papers in response to sustained strong demand and market growth. At our Ngodwana and Saiccor Mills, debottlenecking projects ensured that we increased the amount of dissolving wood pulp (DWP) we could deliver to an equally buoyant market.

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Message from Valli Moosa

Chairman of the Social, Ethics,
Transformation and Sustainability Committee

Sappi’s sustainability strategy builds on our 2020Vision, people and core assets and aims to create real value by contributing to business growth within the context of the constantly changing external environment in which we operate. Renewal, which is the theme for this year’s report, reflects our response to this environment―one which is characterised by rapidly evolving customer needs, shifting regulatory and investor requirements and escalating environmental concerns.

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Towards our 2020Vision

Our 2020Vision was formulated as a strategic response to the megatrends which are changing the world in which we live and work. We have worked tirelessly to refocus and restructure our business so that we are better placed to respond to these megatrends and serve existing and new markets and customers. Our 2020Vision is well on track as we continued to focus on being a leader in our industry and a valued member of our local communities beyond 2020.

Certification systems

Certification systems, eg the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®), the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification™ (PEFC™) and the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®) are referenced throughout this report, without providing detailed information about each of our operations’ certification status in each instance, to ensure ease of reading.

Certification information for each mill is available on


More information

More detailed information on many of the topics discussed in this online sustainability report is available in other Sappi publications, our own website and third- party sources. Where available, we provide links to these sources.

Read more detailed information available in other published documents available on the Sappi website,


We follow contemporary ‘short scale’ convention; defining one billion as one thousand million.


When data is expressed in specific form, this means that the actual quantity consumed (energy, water etc) or emitted (emissions, solid waste etc) is expressed in terms of a production parameter for the period indicated. For Sappi, as with other pulp and paper companies, the parameter is air dry tons (adt) of product.


We standardise all our reported measurements using the metric ton equivalent to 1,000 kg (one thousand kilograms).

Various websites, research reports, trademarks, registered trademarks and other forms of intellectual property are referenced in this report.

All of these, whether marked or unmarked are, without exception, acknowledged as the legal property of their respective owners.

Throughout this report, Sappi’s regional business units are referred to as:

SEU Sappi Europe
SNA Sappi North America
SSA Sappi Southern Africa.