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Key relationships – Civil society and media

We maintain an open relationship with the media, believing that an informed media is better able to serve publicreporting and debate on any issue. We continue to update the media on our strategic shifts to extract value fromwoodfibre in line with future trends. We engage with civil society organisations on issues of mutual interest andbelong to key organisations relevant to our operations. We engage with various civil society groups on our societaland development impact.

  Shared priorities   Our response
  • Business developments
  • The future of our industry
  • Our impacts on our communities
  • Protecting the environment


  • Join key credible organisations as members
  • Develop personal relationships and engage regularly
  • Provide support to and sponsorship for key organisations on issues of mutual interest.

We have joined The Forest Dialogue which uses a constructive dialogue process among key stakeholders to build relationships and spur collaborativeaction on the highest priority issues facing the world’s forests.

In terms of civil society, in SSA, our forestry operations belong to a numberof fire associations, given that fire is a key risk on our plantations. We also provide funding for BirdLife SA and Honorary Rangers of the Kruger Park and have established a project which coordinated efforts to re-establish the Warburgia Salutaris (pepper-bark tree) in communities and the wild.

In SNA, we support the Ruffed Grouse Society; the Dovetail Partners which works to promote bat habitat conservation efforts in the state, and the University of Minnesota Sustainable Forests Education Cooperative.

In SEU, we participate in the Save Food initiative, signalling a firm commitment to better protection of all foodstuffs the world over. Save Food is a joint initiative of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations(FAO), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Messe Düsseldorfand Interpack, the world’s leading trade fair for processes and packaging

  Opportunities for value creation
  • Opportunity to inform and educate media
  • Transparent, two-way communication and opportunity for dialogue with civil society and media.
  Challenges for value creation

Misunderstanding of our environmental impacts.


Collaborating with diverse stakeholders

Globally we interact and engage with a wide range of non-governmental organisations, especially through our participation with the forest certification systems (FSCTM, PEFCTM and SFI®). We actively contribute to the growth of forest certification worldwide and collaborate with diverse stakeholders. In South Africa, Sappi is a member of the local WWF organisation as well as FSC and has worked closely with the PEFC to develop a forestry assurance standard which is now known as the South African Forestry Assurance Standard (SAFAS).