Key relationships – Communities
We work to incorporate the communities close to our operations into our journey of intentional evolution, which recognises the importance of sharing value with all our stakeholders; conserving natural resources and uplifting people so that they are well positioned to thrive in our increasingly inter-connected world. We launched a new Group Corporate Citizenship Policy (see www.sappi.com/policies) in 2018.
There are various formats of community engagement meetings held by our mills in the regions where they operate. These range from broad liaison forums for business, local government and communities to legally mandated environmental forums which form part of the licensing conditions of mills. In South Africa, there are local farmer and community forums related to our forestry communities.
- Community support including employment, job creation, business opportunities, economic and social impacts/ contributions and community support.
- Environmental issues relating to biodiversity conservation as well as water usage and quality, effluent quality and air emissions.
- Mills offer support and financial sponsorships to local schools, sport and hobby clubs, forest products industry students, local safety/environmental organisations and also support local charities. At one mill in SEU, 2% of the savings created through continuous improvement were donated to local charities selected by staff.
- Kirkniemi Mill is a partner of the Association for Water and Environment of Western Uusimaa (LUVY) which works with water conservation, environmental protection and environmental health in southern Finland.
Sappi North America
- Each business unit has a lead sustainability ambassador who is responsible for supporting sustainability communication, conducting training and fostering community engagement through local projects.
- Education programmes are supported at targeted colleges and universities as are programmes to encourage study in fields relevant to our operations.
- Our employees support initiatives like Living Lands and Waters and the Charles River Watershed Association focused on environmental stewardship and education.
- The Ideas that Matter programme continues to recognise and reward designers who support good causes.
Sappi Southern Africa
Given South Africa’s significant development needs, community support is mainly focused in this region and includes: (see People – Sharing value – Sappi Southern Africa.)
- Sappi Khulisa, our enterprise development schemeThe Abashintshi programme
- The Abashintshi programme
- Early Childhood Development
- Education, including Khulisa Ulwazi, our training centre for small growers and two Sappi Skills Centres for local unemployed youth, one at Saiccor Mill and the other at Ngodwana Mill
- The African Honey Bee project, and
- Support for local tourism through our mountain biking sponsorships and promotion of recreational riding on Sappi land.