review

Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)

Reviewing our performance against the GRI’s
Sustainability Reporting Standards.

 

AIR AIR - 2018 Sappi Annual Integrated Report (page numbers refer to the printed report, but links are to the interactive report)
GSR GSR - 2018 Sappi Group Sustainability Report (this report)

GRI standard number GRI standard title Disclosure number Disclosure title Sappi response 2018
GRI 102 General disclosures 102-1 Name of the organisation Sappi Limited
GRI 102 General disclosures 102-2 Activities, brands, products and services AIR:
Who we are, page 5
Product review, pages 24 – 31
GRI 102 General disclosures 102-3 Location of headquarters 108 Oxford Road, Houghton Estate, Johannesburg, South Africa
GRI 102 General disclosures 102-4 Location of operations AIR:
Where we operate, pages 20 – 21
GRI 102 General disclosures 102-5 Ownership and legal form AIR:
Share statistics, pages 122 – 123
GRI 102 General disclosures 102-6 Markets served AIR:
Where we operate, pages 20 – 21
GRI 102 General disclosures 102-7 Scale of the organisation GSR:
How we create value
Our business model
GRI 102 General disclosures 102-8 Information on employees and other workers GSR:
People – Profiling our employee base
GRI 102 General disclosures 102-9 Supply chain GSR:
Prosperity – Our value add to daily life
GRI 102 General disclosures 102-10 Significant changes to the organisation and its supply chain AIR:
Our acquisition of the paper mill assets of the Cham Paper Group is described in the Letter to stakeholders – Strategic review, page 16
GRI 102 General disclosures 102-11 Precautionary principle or approach GSR:
Sappi and the United Nations Global Compact – Principle 7: Businesses should apply a precautionary approach to environmental challenges.
GRI 102 General disclosures 102-12 External initiatives GSR:
Key relationships
– Communities
– Industry bodies and business
– Suppliers and contractors
– Civil society (and media)
GRI 102 General disclosures 102-13 Membership of associations GSR:
Key relationships
– Industry bodies and business
GRI 102 General disclosures 102-14 Statement from senior decision-maker GSR:
Leadership messages
GRI 102 General disclosures 102-15 Key impacts, risks and opportunities GSR:
Strategic trends shaping our business
Our business model
Key material issues
AIR:
Risk management, pages 60 – 65
GRI 102 General disclosures 102-16 Values, principles, standards and norms of behaviour GSR:
Key material issues
– Governance
GRI 102 General disclosures 102-17 Mechanisms for advice and concerns about ethics AIR:
Corporate governance – Reporting on compliance and ethics concerns, page 101
GRI 102 General disclosures 102-18 Governance structure AIR:
Corporate governance – pages 94 – 104
GRI 102 General disclosures 102-19 Delegating authority The Social, Ethics, Transformation and Sustainability (SETS) Committee is responsible for advancing the group-wide sustainability agenda.
AIR:
Social, Ethics, Transformation and Sustainability (SETS) Committee Report, pages 118 – 119
GRI 102 General disclosures 102-20 Executive-level responsibility for economic, environmental and social topics The Group Head Investor Relations and Sustainability is a member of the Management Committee, reporting to the Chief Executive Officer, Sappi Limited.
GRI 102 General disclosures 102-21 Consulting stakeholders on economic, environmental and social topics GSR:
Sustainability governance
GRI 102 General disclosures 102-22 Composition of the highest governance body and its committees AIR:
The composition of the board is reported in the Annual Integrated Report. We indicate the number of executive and non-executive directors and indicate that the Chairman and CEO are separate. We also confirm that we have evaluated the independence of the directors and indicate which directors are independent. We use the JSE Listings Requirements, King IV and the Companies Act (specifically with reference to the Audit and Risk Committee) to evaluate the independence of directors. We also report the date of appointment and tenure of directors, other commitments/positions, gender, race, competence and the average age of directors.
GRI 102 General disclosures 102-23 Chair of the highest governance body Our CEO and Chairman are separate and the Chairman is independent.
GRI 102 General disclosures 102-24 Nominating and selecting the highest governance body AIR:
Corporate governance, pages 94 – 104
GRI 102 General disclosures 102-25 Conflicts of interests AIR:
Corporate governance, pages 94 – 104
GRI 102 General disclosures 102-26 Role of highest governance body in setting purpose, values and strategy AIR:
Corporate governance, pages 94 – 104
GRI 102 General disclosures 102-27 Collective knowledge of highest governance body AIR:
Social, Ethics, Transformation and Sustainability (SETS) Committee Report, page 118 – 119
GRI 102 General disclosures 102-28 Evaluating the highest governance body’s performance AIR:
Social, Ethics, Transformation and Sustainability (SETS) Committee Report, page 118 – 119
GRI 102 General disclosures 102-29 Identifying and managing economic, environmental and social impacts AIR:
Corporate governance – Combined assurance framework, page 102
GRI 102 General disclosures 102-30 Effectiveness of risk management processes AIR:
Corporate governance – Combined assurance framework, page 103
GRI 102 General disclosures 102-31 Review of economic, environmental and social topics AIR:
Social, Ethics, Transformation and Sustainability (SETS) Committee Report, page 118 – 119
GRI 102 General disclosures 102-32 Highest governance body’s role in sustainability reporting Certain key performance indicators are externally assured.
GRI 102 General disclosures 102-33 Communicating critical concerns Our group risk assessment process ensures that the board receives information regarding our critical concerns.
GRI 102 General disclosures 102-34 Nature and total number of critical concerns These are reported throughout the AIR and GSR.
GRI 102 General disclosures 102-35 Remuneration policies AIR:
Remuneration Report, pages 105 – 117
GRI 102 General disclosures 102-36 Process for determining remuneration AIR:
Remuneration Report, pages 105 – 117
GRI 102 General disclosures 102-37 Stakeholders’ involvement in remuneration Information is fed to the board via the Human Resources and Compensation Committee.
GRI 102 General disclosures 102-38 Annual total compensation ratio We do not report publicly on this ratio.
GRI 102 General disclosures 102-39 Percentage increase in annual total compensation ratio We do not report publicly on this ratio.
GRI 102 General disclosures 102-40 List of stakeholder groups GSR:
Key relationships
GRI 102 General disclosures 102-41 Collective bargaining agreements GSR:
People – Maintaining sound labour relations
GRI 102 General disclosures 102-42 Identifying and selecting stakeholders We define stakeholders as those who have an interest in and potential to impact our business as well as those who may be impacted by our business.
GRI 102 General disclosures 102-43 Approach to stakeholder engagement GSR:
Key material issues
GRI 102 General disclosures 102-44 Key topics and concerns raised GSR:
Key material issues
GRI 102 General disclosures 102-45 Entities included in the consolidated financial statements Group Annual Financial Statements (see www.sappi.com/annual-reports)
GRI 102 General disclosures 102-46 Defining report content and topic boundaries The content has been informed, amongst other things, by: the expectations of our stakeholders; our internal risk management processes which have informed the identification of our most material issues; strategic trends shaping our business, the requirements of the King IV governance standard; and with consideration to the recommendations of the GRI’s Sustainability Reporting Standards. Material aspects have been chosen with the aim of demonstrating our impacts, risks and opportunities and how we create, preserve and erode value over time.
GRI 102 General disclosures 102-47 List of material topics AIR:
Our key material issues, pages 42 – 59
GSR:
Key material issues, which link through to our top risks.
GRI 102 General disclosures 102-48 Restatements of information All significant items are reported on a like-for-like basis, with no major restatements.
GRI 102 General disclosures 102-49 Changes in reporting GSR:
About this report – Joint ventures
About this report – New acquisitions
GRI 102 General disclosures 102-50 Reporting period 01 October 2017 – 30 September 2018
GRI 102 General disclosures 102-51 Date of most recent report 2018
GRI 102 General disclosures 102-52 Reporting cycle Annual
GRI 102 General disclosures 102-53 Contact point for questions regarding the report Graeme Wild, Group Head Investor Relations and Sustainability
GRI 102 General disclosures 102-54 Claims of reporting in accordance with the GRI Standards This report has been prepared in accordance with the GRI Standards: Core option.
GRI 102 General disclosures 102-55 GRI content index The report is available on www.sappi.com/sustainability
GRI 102 General disclosures 102-56 External assurance GSR:
Independent Assurance Practitioner’s Report on Selected Key Performance Indicators
GRI 103 Management approach 103-1 Explanation of the material topic and its boundary The material topics have been informed, amongst other things, by: the expectations of our stakeholders; our internal risk management processes which have informed the identification of our most material issues; strategic trends shaping our business, the requirements of the King IV governance standard; and with consideration to the recommendations of the GRI’s Sustainability Reporting Standards. Material topics have been chosen with the aim of demonstrating our impacts, risks and opportunities and how we create, preserve and erode value over time.
GRI 103 Management approach 103-2 The management approach and its components Our suite of policies, available at www.sappi.com/policies, governs our management approach. Initiatives dealing with specific topics can be found throughout the GSR and the AIR. Grievance mechanisms are in place for stakeholders to register issues.
GRI 103 Management approach 103-3 Evaluation of the management approach GSR:
Sustainability governance
Economic performance
GRI 201 Economic performance 201-1 Direct economic value generated and distributed GSR:
Prosperity – Value added over the last three years
GRI 201 Economic performance 201-2 Financial implications and other risks and opportunities due to climate change A detailed assessment of the risks and opportunities of climate change, including (where feasible) an assessment of the financial implications, is provided in our most recent CDP submission, publicly available at www.cdproject.net.
GRI 201 Economic performance 201-3 Defined benefit plan obligations and other retirement plans AIR:
Remuneration Report, pages 105 – 117
GRI 201 Economic performance 201-4 Financial assistance received from government We do not receive any significant financial assistance from government.
Market presence
GRI 202 Market presence 202-1 Ratios of standard entry level wage by gender compared to local minimum wage We do not provide a comprehensive range of ratios of entry level wage compared to local minimum wages due to the differences in the various countries in which we operate and the challenges associated in doing so.
GRI 202 Market presence 202-2 Proportion of senior management hired from the local community In South Africa, our policies and procedures for broad-based black economic empowerment (BBBEE) ensure that we employ locally.
GSR:
People – Transformation – a key requirement for sustainable growth
Indirect economic impacts
GRI 203 Indirect economic impacts 203-1 Infrastructure investments and services supported GSR:
People – Sharing value
GRI 203 Indirect economic impacts 203-2 Significant indirect economic impacts GSR:
Prosperity – Adding value in each region where we operate
Procurement practices
GRI 204 Procurement practices 204-1 Proportion of spending on local suppliers In terms of procurement practices, Sappi’s most material concerns relate to using procurement in our South African operations to stimulate BBBEE. Our local enterprise development scheme, Sappi Khulisa, is described on page 59 of the AIR. As discussed on the same page, we have appointed a specialist to further drive local procurement in South Africa.
Anti-corruption
GRI 205 Anti-corruption 205-1 Operations assessed for risks related to corruption GSR:
UNGC and SDGs – Sappi and the United Nations Global Compact – Principle 10: Businesses should work against corruption in all its forms, including extortion and bribery.
GRI 205 Anti-corruption 205-2 Communication and training about anti-corruption policies and procedures AIR:
Our key material issues – Ethical behaviour and corruption, page 42
GRI 205 Anti-corruption 205-3 Confirmed incidents of corruption and actions taken AIR:
Our key material issues – Ethical behaviour and corruption, as discussed on page 42, we do sanction incidents of corruption.
Anti-competitive behaviour
GRI 206 Anti-competitive behaviour 206-1 Legal actions for anti-competitive behaviour, anti-trust and monopoly practices No such actions.
Materials
GRI 301 Materials 301-1 Materials used by weight or volume GSR:
Planet – Our key inputs are woodfibre, water, energy and chemicals. We disclose specific water and energy usage in this section, but do not disclose woodfibre and chemicals inputs as these are considered confidential.
GRI 301 Materials 302-2 Energy consumption within the organisation GSR:
Planet – Renewable energy, see pie chart detailing fuel sources.
GRI 301 Materials 302-3 Energy intensity GSR:
Planet – Becoming more energy efficient
GRI 301 Materials 302-4 Reduction of energy consumption AIR:
Our key material issues – Energy, page 55, see graph detailing reduction on energy intensity.
Water and effluents
GRI 303 Water and effluents 303-2 Management of water discharge-related impacts GSR:
Planet – Using water responsibly
GRI 303 Water and effluents 303-3 Water withdrawal GSR:
Planet – Using water responsibly
GRI 303 Water and effluents 303-4 Water discharge GSR:
Planet – Using water responsibly
Planet – Using water responsibly – Improving effluent quality
AIR:
Our key material issues – Water, page 57
GRI 303 Water and effluents 303-5 Water consumption AIR:
Our key material issues – Water, page 57
Biodiversity
GRI 304 Biodiversity 304-2 Significant impacts of activities, products and services on biodiversity GSR:
Our business model, in South Africa have a negative impact on biodiversity at stand level (not plantation level).
GRI 304 Biodiversity 304-4 IUCN Red List species and national conservation list species with habitats in areas affected by operations GSR:
Planet – Maintaining biodiversity
Emissions
GRI 305 Emissions 305-1 Direct (Scope 1) GHG emissions GSR:
Planet – Reducing greenhouse gases
GRI 305 Emissions 305-2 Indirect (Scope 2) GHG emissions GSR:
Planet – Reducing greenhouse gases
GRI 305 Emissions 305-3 Other indirect (Scope 3) GHG emissions These are partially disclosed in our most recent CDP submission, publicly available at www.cdp.net.
GRI 305 Emissions 305-5 Reduction of GHG emissions GSR:
Planet – Reducing greenhouse gases
GRI 305 Emissions 305-7 Nitrogen oxides (NOx), sulphur oxides (SOx) and other significant air emissions GSR:
Planet – Reducing greenhouse gases
Effluents and waste
GRI 306 Effluents and waste 306-2 Waste by type and disposal method GSR:
Planet – Minimising waste
Employment
GRI 401 Employment 401-1 New employee hires and employee turnover GSR:
People – Monitoring turnover and new hires
GRI 401 Employment 401-2 Benefits provided to full-time employees that are not provided to temporary or part-time employees We do not currently report specifically on this parameter, as we operate in multiple countries with different requirements. We do not believe that it is sufficiently material to provide information on this issue at this level of detail.
GRI 401 Employment 401-3 Parental leave We do not report specifically on the link with parental leave as this is not seen as being material.
Labour/management relations
GRI 402 Labour/management relations 402-1 Minimum notice periods regarding operational changes GSR:
People – Communicating operational changes
Occupational health and safety
GRI 403 Occupational health and safety 403-1 Workers’ representation in formal joint management-worker health and safety committees GSR:
People – Promoting safety, health and wellbeing
GRI 403 Occupational health and safety 403-2 Types of injury and rates of injury, occupational diseases, lost days, absenteeism and number of work-related fatalities GSR:
People – Promoting safety, health and wellbeing  Safety performance in 2018
GRI 403 Occupational health and safety 403-4 Worker participation, consultation and communication on occupational health and safety GSR:
People – Promoting safety, health and wellbeing
GRI 403 Occupational health and safety 403-5 Worker training on occupational health and safety GSR:
People – Promoting safety, health and wellbeing – Our management approach to safety
GRI 403 Occupational health and safety 403-6 Promotion of worker health GSR:
People – Promoting safety, health and wellbeing – Wellbeing
GRI 403 Occupational health and safety 403-8 Workers covered by an occupational health and safety management system All workers are covered.
GRI 403 Occupational health and safety 403-9 Work-related injuries GSR:
People – Promoting safety, health and wellbeing – Safety performance in 2018
Training and education
GRI 404 Training and education 404-1 Average hours of training per year per employee GSR:
People – Being a great place to work – Training initiatives, for average training hours by job category and gender
GRI 404 Training and education 404-2 Programmes for upgrading employee skills and transition assistance programmes GSR:
People – Being a great place to work – Training initiatives
GRI 404 Training and education 404-3 Percentage of employees receiving regular performance and career development reviews GSR:
People – Being a great place to work – Eligible employees with completed or in progress performance appraisals
Diversity and equal opportunity
GRI 405 Diversity and equal opportunity 405-1 Diversity of governance bodies and employee GSR:
People – Profiling our employee base
Human rights
GRI 412 Human rights assessment 412-3 Significant investment agreements and contracts that include human rights clauses or that underwent human rights screening Given the jurisdictions in which we operate, we do not believe this to be material to Sappi.
GRI 412 Human rights assessment 412-2 Employee training on human rights policies or procedures This is covered in Code of Ethics training.
Non-discrimination
GRI 406 Non-discrimination 406-1 Incidents of discrimination and corrective actions taken We promote a workplace where diversity and inclusion are encouraged. Should there be incidents of discrimination, these are swiftly dealt with, but are not publicly disclosed.
Child labour
GRI 408 Child labour 408-1 Operations and suppliers at significant risk for incidents of child labour This issue has been addressed in our Group Supplier Code of Conduct and Group Human Rights Policy, which explicitly forbids the use of child labour (see www.sappi.com/policies).
Forced or compulsory labour
GRI 409 Forced or compulsory labour 409-1 Operations and suppliers at significant risk for incidents of forced or compulsory labour We do not believe this is an issue. Forced labour is explicitly forbidden in our Group Human Rights Policy (see www.sappi.com/policies).
GSR:
UNGC and SDGs – Sappi and the United Nations Global Compact, which includes a statement on modern slavery.
Local communities
GRI 413 Local communities 413-1 Operations with local community engagement, impact assessments and development programmes GSR:
People – Sharing value
Public policy
GRI 415 Public policy 415-1 Political contributions Our policy is not to make political contributions.
Customer health and safety
GRI 416 Customer health and safety 416-1 Assessment of the health and safety impacts of product and service categories Our products that are used for food and toy packaging undergo stringent testing and certifications.
Marketing and labelling
GRI 417 Marketing and labelling 417-1 Requirements for product and service information and labelling GSR:
Key relationships
Customers
Customer privacy
GRI 418 Customer privacy 418-1 Substantiated complaints concerning breaches of customer privacy and losses of customer data We take customer privacy very seriously (see www.sappi.com/legal-notices).