Our pulp and paper products are derived from renewable resources, made with high levels of renewable energy, and are designed to be reused or recycled. While it is difficult to identify a more sustainable industry than forest products, not all companies perform equally when it comes to operating safely and sustainably. We track our progress annually, and in the following pages offer an updated view of our performance in important areas of environmental and social responsibility.
Our social responsibility efforts focus on our employees, customers and our local communities. We engage with customers to create relevant and innovative products. Across our operations, we focus on the safety, well-being and expertise of our employees, and we routinely work to connect and contribute in our local communities.
All pulp and paper mills in North America use and treat water in accordance with comprehensive environmental permits. Overall, Sappi North America’s 2016 water use, total suspended solids and biological oxygen demand intensity metrics were in line with our 2015 performance. Our North American mills draw water from surface sources (rivers and lakes) and return treated water to the same primary sources. After on-site treatment at Cloquet, we send water to a publicly owned treatment facility, where it is treated further and then returned to Lake Superior.
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 programs provide assurance that wood-based products have been procured from well-managed forests and are legally harvested. While Sappi does not own any forestland in North America, our foresters provide active forest management services for landowners within our procurement zones.
Our pulp and paper products are derived from renewable resources, made with high levels of renewable energy, and are designed to be reused or recycled. While it is difficult to identify a more sustainable industry than forest products, not all companies perform equally when it comes to operating safely and sustainably.
Sappi North America was a proud recipient of the Johnson & Johnson 2015 Rising Star Sustainability Award. The award comes after Sappi helped the company create and implement Johnson & Johnson’s US Commercial Paper Program.
Fifty Sappi employees volunteer to staff the Somerset Emergency Response Team (ERT). The team is trained and prepared to respond to potential in-house emergency situations such as fires, medical issues, fall and confined space rescues, or chemical releases. The ERT also responds offsite with a team from Skowhegan Fire, Waterville Fire and Augusta Fire (Team V) if activated by the Somerset County EMA director.
Safety We have established a global goal of zero workplace incidents consistent with “Project Zero” and our overall safety program. In 2016 the Lost Time Incident Frequency Rate (LTIFR) was 0.69, which is higher than our 2014 benchmark. Unfortunately, multiple incidents have occurred at both the Westbrook and Somerset mills. The Technology Center, Boston office and South Portland office, however, all had zero LTIFR, and the Cloquet Mill continues to demonstrate outstanding performance, ending the year with an LTIFR of 0.13.
Ideas that Matter Makes a Big Impact with over $250,000 Donated to Grant Winners
Award-winning non-profit 826 believes that strong writing skills are fundamental to future success. The organization, founded in 2002 by celebrated author Dave Eggers and acclaimed educator Nínive Calegari, provides underresourced students ages six to 18 with opportunities to explore their creativity and improve their writing skills through free programs hosted both in the classroom and after school.