Key relationships – Communities
We work to incorporate communities close to our operations into our journey of intentional evolution, which recognises the importance of sharing value with all our stakeholders; conserving natural resources; and uplifting people so that they are well-positioned to thrive in our increasingly interconnected world.
Various formats of community engagement meetings are held by our mills in regions where they operate. These range from broad liaison forums for business, local government and communities to legally mandated environmental forums which form part of the licencing conditions of mills. In South Africa, there are local farmer and community forums related to our forestry communities.
Our initiatives are described in more detail onSharing value
|Shared priorities||Our response|
|Community support including employment, job creation, business opportunities, economic and social impacts/contributions and community support||
Given South Africa’s significant development needs, the bulk of community support is allocated to this region. Support covers education, environment and socio-economic development, based on helping communities help themselves. Initiatives include:
In SSA, we have appointed a specialist team to drive local procurement forward.
|Opportunities for value creation|
|Challenges for value creation|
Community expectations related to jobs and service delivery.
Supporting Living Lands & Waters
SNA supports Living Lands & Waters, an Illinois-based environmental organisation established in 1998 to clean up America’s rivers. It has grown to be the only ‘industrial strength’ river clean-up operation of its kind in the world.
Spending up to nine months a year living and travelling on a barge, the Living Lands
& Waters cleanup crew hosts river clean-ups, watershed conservation initiatives, workshops, tree plantings and other key conservation efforts. Through SNA’s corporate sponsorship, employees participate as volunteers in river clean-ups.
To date, the organisation has removed approximately 4 million kilograms of rubbish and debris from 24 rivers in 21 states.