Sappi 2014 Ideas that Matter Grant Recipients/Michelle Kwon, Meghan Lazier, and Robin Newman from Design for Social Innovation at SVA


BOSTON –  Sappi Fine Paper North America announced today the grant recipients of its 15th annual Ideas that Matter program, aimed at helping designers create and implement print projects for charitable causes. Since 1999, Ideas that Matter has funded over 500 nonprofit projects, contributing more than $12.5 million to causes that use design as a positive force in society.

Why Water is Critical for Building our Community


The Importance of the Presumpscot River

The waters of the Presumpscot River in Maine play a critical role for Sappi’s Westbrook Mill. In addition to providing process water for the operations, Sappi’s six hydroelectric stations provide renewable energy to the mill.  The communities bordering the Presumpscot value this river as much as Sappi does, and the company’s presence impacts the communities in a variety of ways.

Sappi's Laura M. Thompson, Ph. D., Honored with Printing Industries of America’s 2013 William D. Schaeffer Environmental Award

Congratulations to Laura M. Thompson, Ph. D., Director, Technical Marketing and Sustainable Development, Sappi Fine Paper North America
Press Release

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, March 28, 2014 /3BL Media/ - Congratulations to Laura M. Thompson, Ph. D., Director, Technical Marketing and Sustainable Development, Sappi Fine Paper North America, and the recipient of the 2013 William D. Schaeffer Environmental Award.

Established in 1990, this award is named for environmental pioneer and researcher Dr. William D. Schaeffer, who is celebrated in the industry for his contributions to environmental issues.

Sappi's Ideas that Matter Program Featured in People Magazine: Teen Gives 4,000 Soccer Balls to Kids Around the World Who Can't Afford Them

Charity Ball has hand-delivered over 3,500 new, quality soccer balls to children in developing countries

By Sharon Cotliar, People magazine article originally published 03/13/2014 at 02:55 PM EDT

One minute, 10-year-old Ethan King was standing alone, kicking his soccer ball around a dusty, deserted field during a trip to Mozambique, and the next, dozens of kids were playing soccer with him.

"It was crazy," says the Grand Haven, Mich., resident. "Everyone was screaming and laughing and having fun."

Sappi's Laura Thompson Breaks Down the Three Elements of Sustainability: Environmental, Social and Economic Responsibility. Read her Letter here.

Defining Sustainable Development

All too often I hear the word “sustainability” used loosely to represent environmental performance. It bothers me because I believe it is important for people to recognize all three elements of sustainability: environmental, social and economic responsibility. At Sappi we constantly strive to balance these issues while juggling near- and long-term business strategies. When projects come together that have benefits across all three aspects, we know we’re on the right track.

How Human Rights Plays a Key Role in Sappi's Sustainability Goals

Sappi takes a very active approach to social responsi¬bility, driving key initiatives in support of our three key stakeholder groups: our employees, our customers and the local communities in which we operate.

One of the ways in which we improve the lives of people is by pro­moting freedom of association, nondiscrimination and the abolition of forced and child labor. We also uphold the principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Sappi Limited has been a signatory of the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) since 2008. We submit an annual communication on progress that describes our compa­ny’s ongoing efforts to support the social and environ­mental principles of the UNGC. This report can be found at under the “Group Sustainability” section.

Sappi Finds Better Opportunities for Solid Waste - Check Out the Full Report

We have continued to make improvements in reducing solid waste to landfill.

In 2013 our Somerset mill had a breakthrough in optimizing the lime kiln (see p.30) which resulted in less lime mud waste. In addition, reduced solid fuel rates led to less boiler ash being landfilled. Our mill in Cloquet, Minnesota, has developed a beneficial use program with the local agricultural extension program and provides boiler ash and lime mud as a soil amendment to local farmers. These materials help farmers raise the pH of soil, creating better growing conditions for certain crops.

Treading Lightly: Check out Sappi's Sustainability Report to See How Our Water Return is Over 90%, Creating a Minimal Footprint

All pulp and paper mills in North America use and treat water in accordance with comprehensive environmental permits.

Our North American mills use only surface water sources (rivers and lakes) and return treated water to the same primary source. (At Cloquet we return the water to a publicly owned treatment facility which then returns to Lake Superior.) Our water return is over 90 percent of intake, creating a minimal water footprint. Water that is “consumed” in our operations is primarily that which is lost through evaporation to the atmosphere. While our water usage was up slightly in 2013, our water quality indicators (BOD and TSS) remained flat or improved as reflected below.

Below Industry Average, In a Good Way: Read More About Sappi's 40% Reduction in Greenhouse Gas Intensity

SFPNA has had a major focus on the reduction of fossil fuels and the emissions associated with combustion.

We exceeded an aggressive five-year goal of a 40 percent reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) intensity in just three years. We had the recovery boiler out of service this year at Cloquet due to planned outages for capital improvements. As a result, our greenhouse gas emissions were slightly higher than 2012, but we are still exceeding our goal and well ahead of industry average. We remain well below industry average for SO2 emissions and have continued to make further reductions.

Held to Fiber Standards: Read More About Sappi's Conversion to Dissolving Pulp

One hundred percent of our fiber is procured in accordance with the SFI® Fiber Sourcing standard as well as the FSC® Controlled Wood standard.

These third-party certification programs provide assurance that wood-based products have been procured from well-managed forests and are legally harvested. In 2013 we converted our pulp mill at the Cloquet facility to manufacture dissolving pulp; as such, we are purchasing more kraft fiber than in prior years to support the papermaking operations at that mill. All of our purchased pulp was certified by one or more standards, which is reflected in higher FSC® fiber numbers as well as higher “triple certified” fiber.


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