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Sappi N.A. Releases 2017 Sustainability Report, Receives Gold Rating from EcoVadis

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Sappi North America, Boston, Mass., USA, a producer and supplier of diversified paper and packaging products, has released its 2017 Sustainability Report showcasing its industry leading sustainability performance. The report includes up-to-date information on the company's progress against five year goals measuring environmental, economic, and social responsibility commitments as well as providing insights into its continued technical innovation. 

"Sappi North America is committed to a holistic approach to sustainability.  We believe that we best create sustained value for our customers, communities, employees, and shareholders by committing to the right actions across our operations and company, from improving operating efficiencies, reducing waste, to investing in our employees and our mills," said Mark Gardner, president and CEO, Sappi North America.
"This year I'm pleased to report that we have been awarded Gold Recognition Level in sustainability performance by EcoVadis, an independent rating agency.  We are gratified by their recognition of the excellence of our sustainability approach and performance, which places us among the top 4% of the roughly 30,000 companies surveyed annually. I encourage all of our stakeholders to learn more about our significant investments by reading our 2017 Sustainability Report," continued Gardner.
EcoVadis, an acknowledged leader in the third party evaluation of sustainability performance, takes an evidence based approach in its rating process, covering 21 criteria across four themes of Environment, Fair Labor Practices, Ethics/Fair Business Practices, and Supply Chain. Their methodology is aligned with international standards including the United Nations Global Compact, the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and ISO 26000.  
Sappi North America's sustainability goals reflect commitments across social, environmental, and financial metrics: People, Planet, and Prosperity. Some of this year's highlights include: 
  • Sappi North America achieved a 38% improvement in safety performance across all of our operations, as measured by Lost Time Frequency Rate (LTIFR), an achievement which puts us well within the top quartile of all U.S. paper mills.  Our Cloquet Mill experienced more than 2 million hours without a loss time injury, receiving a 2017 Sustainability Award for Safety from AF&PA for this achievement. 
  • Sappi North America is an industry leader in sustaining a low carbon footprint of just 0.33 (metric ton/admt), with approximately 80% of our energy use from renewable or alternative fuels. 
  • 100% of our wood fiber is procured in accordance with the SFI Fiber Sourcing standard as well as the FSC controlled wood standard, with nearly 54% third party certified.
In 2015, Sappi Limited established an aspirational vision for the future that was structured around concrete, measurable initiatives with clear baselines for performance. The goal to become a truly diversified wood fiber group, targeting a substantial increase in EBITDA through an expanded product portfolio, reflects Sappi's confidence in its ability to evolve with the changing world; continually maintain and improve returns in mature markets; and deliver top-line growth in newer businesses. 
Sappi North America employs 2,000-plus individuals at its three mills, sheeting facility, Technology Center and supporting offices across the U.S., and produces 1.17 million metric tons of paper annually. Its four diversified businesses include pulp, printing papers, casting, and release and packaging and specialty papers. 
To read Sappi North America's 2017 Sustainability Report and learn more about its sustainability initiatives, visit Sappi North America online: 
Sappi North America is a subsidiary of Sappi Limited (JSE), a global company headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa, with more than 12,000 employees and manufacturing operations on three continents in seven countries and customers in more than 150 countries around the world. 


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