Responsible manufacturing begins with responsible procurement. For the wood products industry, it is paramount that our natural resources are used sustainably. Wood supplies the bulk of renewable energy that drives our mills, and cellulose fibers comprise the primary ingredient in our paper and pulp products, making healthy and abundant forests critical to the long-term viability of each of our core businesses.
Largest U.S.-based paper mill to receive modernized debarking, chipping and chip distribution systems
BOSTON, August 5, 2016 /3BL Media/ –Sappi North America, leading producer and supplier of diversified paper and packaging products, today announced that it will move forward with a $25 million capital project to update its Somerset Mill woodyard. This strategic plan will allow the company to modernize the wood debarking, chipping and chip distribution systems.
Jennifer Miller was named Chief Business Sustainability Officer for Sappi North America in August 2015. In this new role, she is focused on identifying strategic growth and diversification opportunities for the Company as well as continuing to lead the sustainability strategies for all four of Sappi North America’s businesses.
Q: What is your focus in your new role as Chief Business Sustainability Officer?
As the paper industry evolves, Sappi continues to search for fresh solutions that position both the company and its customers for future success. It’s this drive that inspired Sappi to approach longtime employee David Niles with an idea that would utilize his vast knowledge of paper science engineering to help expand the company’s offerings in packaging.
This past year, Sappi Limited announced a new strategic vision to reshape our business through further diversification. Our transformation journey is not about radical change. It has been, and continues to be, an intentional evolution of the business—changing to meet market needs and opportunities.
Environmental and social responsibility goals go hand in hand with financial success. Environmental initiatives drive direct savings in energy and materials, employee training increases productivity and customer satisfaction, and strong sustainability positioning results in higher levels of customer loyalty, revenue and profit.
Sappi has long operated three business units in North America—coated papers, release papers and pulp. In 2014 we added specialty packaging as a fourth business unit within the region. Combined with recent investments in our other three business units, we have increased the diversity of products we manufacture and are well positioned to retain our competitive advantage and increase profitability despite difficult market conditions. Our future depends on the success of all four business units.
Climate change is attributed to deforestation and emissions from the combustion of fossil fuels, among other causes. Biomass is considered carbon neutral when the growth rate of forests is greater than or equal to harvest levels, as is the case in North America. The carbon neutrality of biogenic fuels has been recognized by an abundance of studies and institutions, including the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Sappi North America is proud to say that it has the lowest carbon footprint among domestic producers of coated freesheet paper.