About this report

Scope of this report

This report is aligned with our Annual Integrated Report and covers the period from the beginning of October 2017 to the end of September 2018. We report on a regional and global basis, wherever possible presenting data over five years to make the information relevant, accessible and comparable. Safety, health, environmental and quality (SHEQ) data is compiled according to international best practice. Commentary is provided on graphs to enhance understanding and specific measurement criteria―as well as instances where these have changed―are clearly spelled out.

Reporting framework

As Sappi Limited is headquartered in South Africa and we have our primary listing on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, we abide by the King IV Code on Corporate Governance (King IV). Our Annual Integrated Report provides a very clear link between sustainability and strategy and sets out how we creating stakeholder value in a sustainable manner.

In response to stakeholders’ needs for more in-depth information pertinent to their specific region, we publish region-specific sustainability reports in addition to this group overview. Our 2018 regional sustainability reports for our operations in Southern Africa and North America, together with an updated summary for Europe, will be available in 2019.

Joint ventures

LignoTech South Africa, our 50:50 joint venture with Borregaard at Saiccor Mill is excluded from the Prosperity, People (with the exception of safety) and Planet data as we do not manage the operation.

New acquisitions

The report does not cover People and Planet information for the digital imaging business or the Carmignano and Condino Mills acquired from the Cham Paper Group Holding AG (CPG). However, these new acquisitions have been included in the safety statistics as from 01 March 2018.

Global Reporting Initiative

We have reported in terms of the Global Reporting Initiative’s (GRI’s) Standards (see GRI). We have included a GRI index and a separate section communicating our progress in terms of the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), as well as the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) (see UNGC and SDGs).

Business units

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

  • SEU – Sappi Europe
  • SNA – Sappi North America, and
  • SSA – Sappi Southern Africa.