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About this report

Scope of this report

This report is aligned with our  annual integrated report and covers the period from the beginning of October 2018 to the end of September 2019. We report on a regional and global basis, wherever possible presenting data over five years to make the information relevant, accessible and comparable. Safety, health, environmental and quality (SHEQ) data is compiled according to international best practice. Commentary is provided on graphs to enhance understanding and specific measurement criteria—as well as instances where these have changed—are clearly spelled out.

Reporting framework

As Sappi Limited is headquartered in South Africa and we have our primary listing on the JSE, we abide by the King IV Code on Corporate Governance (King IV). Our annual integrated report provides a very clear link between sustainability and strategy and sets out how we are create stakeholder value in a sustainable manner.

Joint ventures

LignoTech South Africa, our 50:50 joint venture with Borregaard at Saiccor Mill, is excluded from the Prosperity, People (with the exception of safety) and Planet data as we do not manage the operation.

New acquisitions

The report does not cover information for the newly acquired Matane Mill in Canada.


We have reported in terms of the GRI, Global  Reporting Initiative Standards (see GRI). We have included a GRI index and a separate section communicating our progress in terms of the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), as well as the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals  (SDGs) (see UNGC and SDG).

Business units

Throughout this report, Sappi's regional business units are referred to as:

SEU-Sappi Europe

SNA-Sappi North America, and

SSA-Sappi Southern Africa.