PROVIDING SOLUTIONS FOR
Today, ‘connection’ is not only about digital networks, but about the way wealth is created, benefit is shared and people and the planet we live on are cared for. There is a growing realisation that we need to find new, innovative ways to achieve sustainable value creation, growth, greater social equity all while protecting and sustaining biodiversity and natural ecosystems.
Meeting these challenges requires focus and energy. At Sappi, we are doing so based on our vision of a thriving world—a better tomorrow than today. That’s why we apply our expertise and collective imagination to equipping our people to prosper in the world of tomorrow; establishing shared value initiatives to uplift communities; using natural resources in a responsible manner, valorising waste streams and promoting transparent supply chains. Our overall objective is to expand and enhance our value streams to create sustainable products based on a renewable natural resource—woodfibre.
The image on our front cover was chosen because it represents the collaborative manner in which we work together to realise our 2020Vision, just as honeybees work together for the betterment of the entire colony and the biodiversity they pollinate.
The hexagon structures of the honeycomb represent nature’s supreme form of packaging: the hexagon is the most efficient, least wasteful shape found in nature, as no shape can create more space with less material. It is also one of the strongest. Scientific studies on the geometry of the beehive have indicated that this shape uses the least amount of material to hold the most weight. Once again, this resonates with Sappi—our packaging solutions not only protect and sustain, but lighter packaging weights can also help to meet the challenges of a carbon-constrained world.
It’s one of the ways in which we are promoting a sustainable, thriving world to provide solutions for future generations.
Our support of the African Honey Bee (AHB) project, which is positively impacting on communities in KwaZulu- Natal province (South Africa), aligns with our approach of helping communities to help themselves. The AHB project is a social enterprise enabling families from disadvantaged rural communities to build sustainable micro-beekeeping businesses by leveraging the natural resources available to them. Over the past two years, AHB has trained 1,482 people in KZN. Of this number, 962—and counting—are actively keeping bees and producing and selling honey.