Key relationships – Employees

We invest in future talent while challenging our people so that they are able to leverage the opportunities presented by global megatrends.

Shared priorities

  • Making resources available to enable our people to grow intellectually, fulfil their potential and drive innovation within Sappi.
  • Creating an ethical culture.
  • Connecting our people to our strategic goals.
  • Focusing on safety, health, wellness and recognition programmes.
  • Promoting corporate citizenship.

Our response

  • Training targets and initiatives are aligned with the needs of each region (see People – Training initiatives).
  • Code of Ethics communication and training is ongoing in all regions (see Key material issues – Ethical behaviour and corruption).
  • Employee Engagement Surveys held every two years measures engagement levels.
  • All our people are involved in our safety drive.
  • Recognition programmes at group and regional level.
  • Eco-effectiveness campaign (SEU) highlights how we generate results to make our business more sustainable.
  • Encouraging employee volunteerism through initiatives like the Employee Ideas that Matter initiative through which we provide grants to employees to fund their individual projects to support good in local communities (SNA); support of various local education, cultural and environmental projects based on annual requests and identified needs (SEU); Employee Wellbeing Committees at each mill support local community projects and also support Mandela Day (SSA).

Our recognition programmes

  • Sappi Limited:
    • Technical Innovation Awards
    • CEO Award for Excellence
  • SEU: Annual Coryphaena Award
  • SNA: Quarterly Risk Taking and Ingenuity Awards
  • SSA: Excellence in Achievement Awards (EAA)
  • Sappi Trading: SMART Awards

In SSA we offer our people
scholarships and bursary programmes.

We also offer
apprenticeship learning programmes

in SEU and SSA, as well as graduates in training programmes (management, manufacturing and sales) in SEU, SNA and SSA.

Value add of engagement

  • Employees who understand and buy into our 2020Vision are pivotal to the success of our business―alignment with our strategic direction enables our people to contribute more positively to the business as well as their personal and career development.
  • By building our human capital, we establish a base of the technical skills needed by the industry.
  • An increased commitment to safety delivers benefits at personal, team and operational levels.
  • By establishing an ethical culture where corporate citizenship is promoted, we ensure the ongoing viability of our business, enhance reputation and become an employer of choice.