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.
- 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.
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.
- 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.