Key relationships – Industry bodies and business

We partner with industry and business bodies to provide input into issues and regulations that affect and are relevant to our businesses and industries.

We also support and partner with industry initiatives aimed at promoting the use of our products.

Sappi has been a signatory to the United Nations Global Compact since 2008.

Shared priorities

  • Issues that affect the sustainability of our industry―woodfibre base, carbon taxes, energy and emissions etc.
  • Ethical issues impacting business.
  • Energy issues in general and in particular government proposals on carbon taxation.
  • The impact of increased regulations on business.
  • The benefits of our industry and our economic contribution to society.
  • Social and environmental credentials of our products.

Our response

In 2018, we:

  • Became a founding partner of The Prince of Wales Global Sustainability Fellowship Programme at the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership’s (CISL). Work here will include examining drivers including the rise of artificial intelligence and the need to bring carbon emissions to net zero.

Sappi Europe

  • Continued to actively contribute to the development of an industry standard for delivery of chemical information through the paper and pulp supply chain. Sappi is chairing the working group with BASF as vice chair.
  • Continued to participate in work related to deep eutectic solvents within the Biobased Industries Initiative, with the goal of significantly reducing CO2 emissions in pulp- and papermaking.

Sappi North America

  • Active board-level participatiion in the Paper and Packaging Board.
  • Joined the Recycling Partnership as a funding partner.

Sappi Southern Africa

  • Under the PEFCTM, Sappi Forests helped to finalise the South African Forest Assurance Scheme (SAFAS) standard.
  • Joined the South African Ethics Institute to benefit from the various activities and materials they provide to members in advancing ethical behaviour.
  • Signed the Business Leadership South Africa Integrity Pledge, thereby committing ourselves to actively combating corrupt practices wherever encountered, preventing anti-competitive behaviour, adopting a zero-tolerance approach to corrupt behaviour and protecting whistle-blowers.

Extract from Business Leadership South Africa Integrity Pledge

We shall
actively combat corrupt practices wherever we encounter them.


We shall
not act anti-competitively


We shall
zero tolerance for corruption
in our midst.


We shall
protect whistle-blowers
and provide information.

Value add of engagement

  • Work with industry and business bodies through collective initiatives to support societal change and deal with societal challenges.
  • Promote an ethical culture.
  • Collaborate on legislative trends such as carbon tax and carbon budgets.
  • Maintain and expand markets for our products.
  • Demonstrate the value add of the forest products industry.
  • Dispel myths and promote understanding of our industry.
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Our membership of industry associations

Sappi Limited

  • TAPPI (Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry)
  • Business Leadership South Africa
  • The CEO Initiative



  • Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI)
  • Eurograph
  • European Joint Undertaking on Bio-based Industries
  • Print Power
  • Save Food
  • The Alliance of Energy-Intensive Industries
  • The Two Team Project (focusing on breakthrough technology concepts in the industry which could enable a more competitive future)
  • TwoSides



  • American Forests and Paper Association (AF&PA)
  • Paper and Paper Packaging Board
  • Agenda 2020 Technology Alliance
  • Forest Products Working Group
  • Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®)
  • Sustainable Packaging Coalition (SPC)
  • The Recycling Partnership
  • TwoSides


  • Business Unity South Africa
  • Energy Intensive Users’ Group
  • Fibre Processing and Manufacturing Skills Education and Training Authority (SETA)
  • Forestry South Africa
  • Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®)
  • Packaging SA
  • Paper Manufacturers’ Association of South Africa (PAMSA)
  • Recycle Paper ZA
  • Printing SA (PIFSA)
  • Manufacturing Circle
  • South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SACCI) and local chambers of commerce and industry
  • TwoSides
  • National Business Initiative (NBI)


Sappi Forests

  • Institute for Commercial Forestry Research (ICFR)
  • Founding member of the Tree Protection Co-operative Programme (TPCP)
  • BiCEP (Biological Control of Eucalypt Pests) (
  • Eucalyptus Genome Network (EUCAGEN)


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