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GRI – Sustainability Reporting Standards

GRI
standard
number
  GRI standard title   Disclosure
number
  Disclosure title   Sappi response 2019
GRI 102   General disclosures   102-1   Name of the organisation   Sappi Limited
GRI 102   General disclosures   102-2   Activities, brands, products and services   AIR
Who we are
Product review
GRI 102   General disclosures   102-3   Location of headquarters   108 Oxford Road, Houghton Estate, Johannesburg, South Africa
GRI 102   General disclosures   102-4   Location of operations   AIR:
Where we operate
GRI 102   General disclosures   102-5   Ownership and legal form   AIR:
Share statistics
GRI 102   General disclosures   102-6   Markets served   AIR:
Where we operate
GRI 102   General disclosures   102-7   Scale of the organisation   AIR
How we create value
Understanding our business model
GRI 102   General disclosures   102-8   Information on employees and other workers   GSR:
People – Profiling our people
GRI 102   General disclosures   102-9   Supply chain   GSR:
Prosperity – Value added in 2019
GRI 102   General disclosures   102-10   Significant changes to the organisation and its supply chain   AIR:
Our acquisition of Matane Mill is described in the
Q&A with the CEO
GRI 102   General disclosures   102-11   Precautionary principle or approach   GSR:
Sappi and the United Nations Global Compact
– Principle 7: Businesses should apply a precautionary approach to environmental challenges.
GRI 102   General disclosures   102-12   External initiatives   GSR:
Key relationships
Communities
Industry bodies and business
Suppliers and contractors
Civil society (and media)
GRI 102   General disclosures   102-13   Membership of associations   GSR:
Key relationships
Industry bodies and businesses
GRI 102   General disclosures   102-14   Statement from senior decision-maker   GSR:
Leadership messages
GRI 102   General disclosures   102-15   Key impacts, risks and opportunities   GSR:
Strategic trends shaping our business
Our business model
Key material issues

AIR:
Risk management
GRI 102   General disclosures   102-16   Values, principles, standards and norms of behaviour   GSR:
Key material issues
Governance
GRI 102   General disclosures   102-17   Mechanisms for advice and concerns about ethics   AIR:
Corporate governance – Reporting on compliance and ethics concerns
GRI 102   General disclosures   102-18   Governance structure   AIR:
Corporate governance
GRI 102   General disclosures   102-19   Delegating authority   The Social, Ethics, Transformation and Sustainability (SETS) Committee is responsible for advancing the group-wide sustainability agenda.
AIR:
Social, Ethics, Transformation and Sustainability (SETS) Committee Report
GRI 102   General disclosures   102-20   Executive-level responsibility for economic, environmental and social topics   The Group Head Investor Relations and Sustainability is a member of the Management Committee, reporting to the Chief Executive Officer, Sappi Limited.
GRI 102   General disclosures   102-21   Consulting stakeholders on economic, environmental and social topics   GSR:
Sustainability governance
GRI 102   General disclosures   102-22   Composition of the highest governance body and its committees   AIR:
The composition of the board is reported in the annual integrated report. We indicate the number of executive and non-executive directors and indicate that the Chairman and CEO are separate. We also confirm that we have evaluated the independence of the directors and indicate which directors are independent. We use the JSE Listings Requirements, King IV and the Companies Act (specifically with reference to the Audit and Risk Committee) to evaluate the independence of directors. We also report the date of appointment and tenure of directors, other commitments/ positions, gender, race, competence and the average age of directors.
GRI 102   General disclosures   102-23   Chair of the highest governance body   Our CEO and Chairman are separate and the Chairman is independent.
GRI 102   General disclosures   102-24   Nominating and selecting the highest governance body   AIR:
Corporate governance
GRI 102   General disclosures   102-25   Conflicts of interest   AIR:
Corporate governance
GRI 102   General disclosures   102-26   Role of highest governance body in setting purpose, values and strategy   AIR:
Corporate governance
GRI 102   General disclosures   102-27   Collective knowledge of highest governance body   AIR:
Social, Ethics, Transformation and Sustainability (SETS) Committee Report
GRI 102   General disclosures   102-28   Evaluating the highest governance body's performance   AIR:
Social, Ethics, Transformation and Sustainability (SETS) Committee Report
GRI 102   General disclosures   102-29   Identifying and managing economic, environmental and social impacts   AIR:
Corporate governance – Combined assurance framework
GRI 102   General disclosures   102-30   Effectiveness of risk management processes   AIR:
Corporate governance – Combined assurance framework
GRI 102   General disclosures   102-31   Review of economic, environmental and social topics   AIR:
Social, Ethics, Transformation and Sustainability (SETS) Committee Report
GRI 102   General disclosures   102-32   Highest governance body's role in sustainability reporting   Independant Assurance Report on Selected Key Performance Indicators
Sustainability governance
GRI 102   General disclosures   102-33   Communicating critical concerns   Our group risk assessment process ensures that the board receives information regarding our critical concerns.
GRI 102   General disclosures   102-34   Nature and total number of critical concerns   These are reported throughout the AIR and GSR.
GRI 102   General disclosures   102-35   Remuneration policies   AIR:
Remuneration Report
GRI 102   General disclosures   102-36   Process for determining remuneration   AIR:
Remuneration Report
GRI 102   General disclosures   102-37   Stakeholders' involvement in remuneration   Information is fed to the board via the Human Resources and Compensation Committee.
GRI 102   General disclosures   102-38   Annual total compensation ratio   We do not report publicly on this ratio.
GRI 102   General disclosures   102-39   Percentage increase in annual total compensation ratio   We do not report publicly on this ratio.
GRI 102   General disclosures   102-40   List of stakeholder groups   GSR:
Key relationships
GRI 102   General disclosures   102-41   Collective bargaining agreements   GSR:
Sappi and the UNGC: Principle 3
GRI 102   General disclosures   102-42   Identifying and selecting stakeholders   We define stakeholders as those who have an interest in and potential to impact our business as well as those who may be impacted by our business.
GRI 102   General disclosures   102-43   Approach to stakeholder engagement   GSR:
Key relationships
GRI 102   General disclosures   102-44   Key topics and concerns raised   GSR:
The links between our operating context, risk, key relationships and key material issues
GRI 102   General disclosures   102-45   Entities included in the consolidated financial statements   Group Annual Financial Statements
(see www.sappi.com/annual-reports)
GRI 102   General disclosures   102-46   Defining report content and topic boundaries   The content has been informed, amongst other things, by: the expectations of our stakeholders; our internal risk management processes which have informed the identification of our most material issues; strategic trends shaping our business, the requirements of the King IV governance standard; and with consideration to the recommendations of the GRI's Sustainability Reporting Standards. Material aspects have been chosen with the aim of demonstrating our impacts, risks and opportunities and how we create, preserve and erode value over time.
GRI 102   General disclosures   102-47   List of material topics   GSR:
The links between our operating context, risk, key relationships and key material issues
GRI 102   General disclosures   102-48   Restatements of information   All significant items are reported on a like-for-like basis, with no major restatements.
GRI 102   General disclosures   102-49   Changes in reporting   GSR:
About this report – Joint ventures
About this report – New acquisitions
GRI 102   General disclosures   102-50   Reporting period   01 October 2018 – 30 September 2019
GRI 102   General disclosures   102-51   Date of most recent report   2019
GRI 102   General disclosures   102-52   Reporting cycle   2019
GRI 102   General disclosures   102-53   Contact point for questions regarding the report   Graeme Wild, Group Head Investor Relations and Sustainability
GRI 102   General disclosures   102-54   Claims of reporting in accordance with the GRI Standards   This report has been prepared in accordance with the GRI Standards: Core option.
GRI 102   General disclosures   102-55   GRI content index   This report is available on www.sappi.com/sustainability.
GRI 102   General disclosures   102-56   External assurance   GSR:
Independent Assurance Practitioner’s Report on Selected Key Performance Indicators
GRI 103   Management approach   102-1   Explanation of the material topic and its boundary   The material topics have been informed, amongst other things, by: the expectations of our stakeholders; our internal risk management processes which have informed the identification of our most material issues; strategic trends shaping our business, the requirements of the King IV governance standard; and with consideration to the recommendations of the GRI's Sustainability Reporting Standards. Material topics have been chosen with the aim of demonstrating our impacts, risks and opportunities and how we create, preserve and erode value over time.
GRI 103   Management approach   103-2   The management approach and its components   Our suite of policies, available at www.sappi.com/policies, governs our management approach. Initiatives dealing with specific topics can be found throughout the GSR and the AIR. Grievance mechanisms are in place for stakeholders to register issues.
GRI 103   Management approach   103-3   Evaluation of the management approach   GSR:
Sustainability governance

 

Economic performance
GRI
standard
number
  GRI standard title   Disclosure
number
  Disclosure title   Sappi response 2019
GRI 201   Economic performance   201-1   Direct economic value generated and distributed   GSR:
Prosperity – Value added in 2019
GRI 201   Economic performance   201-2   Financial implications and other risks and opportunities due to climate changes   A detailed assessment of the risks and opportunities of climate change, including (where feasible) an assessment of the financial implications, is provided in our most recent CDP submission, publicly available at   www.cdp.net.
GRI 201   Economic performance   201-3   Defined benefit plan obligations and other retirement plans   AIR:
Remuneration Report, pages 123-141
GRI 201   Economic performance   201-4   Financial assistance received from government   We do not receive any significant financial assistance from government

 

Market presence
GRI
standard
number
  GRI standard title   Disclosure
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  Disclosure title   Sappi response 2019
GRI 202   Market presence   202-1   Ratios of standard entry level wage by gender compared to local minimum wage   We do not provide a comprehensive range of ratios of entry level wage compared to local minimum wages due to the differences in the various countries in which we operate and the challenges associated in doing so.
GRI 202   Market presence   202-2   Proportion of senior management hired from the local comm   In South Africa, our policies and procedures for broad-based black economic empowerment (BBBEE) ensure that we employ locally.

 

Indirect economic impacts
GRI
standard
number
  GRI standard title   Disclosure
number
  Disclosure title   Sappi response 2019
GRI 203   Indirect economic presence   203-1   Infrastructure investments and services supported   GSR:
Prosperity – Adding value to daily life
GRI 203   Indirect economic presence   203-2   Significant indirect economic impacts   GSR:
Prosperity – Adding value in each region where we operate

 

Procurement practises
GRI
standard
number
  GRI standard title   Disclosure
number
  Disclosure title   Sappi response 2019
GRI 204   Procurement practices   204-1   Proportion of spending on local suppliers  

In terms of procurement practices, Sappi’s most material concerns relate to using procurement in our South African operations to stimulate BBBEE.

GSR:
Our local enterprise and supplier development (ESD) scheme and intensified focus on ESD are described under operating context:
The rise of populism, social disruption and Generation Z.

 

Anti-corruption
GRI
standard
number
  GRI standard title   Disclosure
number
  Disclosure title   Sappi response 2019
GRI 205   Procurement practices   205-1   Operations assessed for risks related to corrup   GSR:
UNGC and SDGs – Sappi and the United Nations Global Compact – Principle 10: Businesses should work against corruption in all its forms, including extortion and bribery.
GRI 205   Procurement practices   205-2   Communication and training about anti-corruption policies and procedures   GSR:
Our key material issues – Ethical behaviour and corruption
GRI 205   Procurement practices   205-3   Confirmed incidents of corruption and actions taken   AIR:
Reporting on compliance and ethics concerns

 

Anti-competitive behaviour
GRI
standard
number
  GRI standard title   Disclosure
number
  Disclosure title   Sappi response 2019
GRI 206   Anti-competitive behaviour   206-1   Legal actions for anti-competitive behaviour, anti-trust and monopoly practices   No such actions.

 

Materials
GRI
standard
number
  GRI standard title   Disclosure
number
  Disclosure title   Sappi response 2019
GRI 301   Materials   301-1   Materials used by weight or volume   GSR:
Planet – Our key inputs are woodfibre, water, energy and chemicals. We disclose specific water and energy usage in this section, but do not disclose woodfibre and chemicals inputs as these are considered confidential.
GRI 302   Energy   302-1   Energy consumption within the organisation   GSR:
Planet – Producing and reusing renewable energy, see pie chart detailing fuel sour
GRI 302   Energy   302-3   Energy intensity   GSR:
Planet – Producing and using renewable energy
GRI 302   Energy   302-4   Reduction of energy consumption   GSR:
Our key material issues – Energy, see graph detailing reduction on energy intensity.

 

Water and effluents
GRI
standard
number
  GRI standard title   Disclosure
number
  Disclosure title   Sappi response 2019
GRI 303   Water and effluents   303-2   Management of water discharge-related impacts   GSR:
Planet – Managing water responsibly
GRI 303   Water and effluents   303-3   Water withdrawal   GSR:
Planet – Managing water responsibly
GRI 303   Water and effluents   303-4   Water discharge   GSR:
Planet– Managing water responsibly
GSR:
Key material issues – Water
GRI 303   Water and effluents   303-5   Water consumption   GSR:
Key material issues – Water

 

Biodiversity
GRI
standard
number
  GRI standard title   Disclosure
number
  Disclosure title   Sappi response 2019
GRI 304   Biodiversity   304-2   Significant impacts of activities, products and services on biodiversity   GSR:
Understanding our business model, in South Africa have a negative impact on biodiversity at stand level (not plantation level).
GRI 304   Biodiversity   304-4   IUCN Red List species and national conservation list species with habitats in areas affected by operations   GSR:
Key material issues: Maintaining biodiversity

 

Emissions
GRI
standard
number
  GRI standard title   Disclosure
number
  Disclosure title   Sappi response 2019
GRI 305   Emissions   305-1   Direct (Scope 1) GHG emissions   GSR:
Planet – Focusing on greenhouse gas emissions
GRI 305   Emissions   305-2   Indirect (Scope 2) GHG   GSR:
Planet – Focusing on greenhouse gas emissions
GRI 305   Emissions   305-3   Other indirect (Scope 3) GHG emissions   Planet – Focusing on greenhouse gas emissions
– Scope 3 categories
GRI 305   Emissions   305-5   Reduction of GHG emissions   GSR:
Planet – Reducing greenhouse gases
GRI 305   Emissions   305-7   Nitrogen oxides (NOx), sulphur oxides (SOx) and other significant air emissions   GSR:
Planet – Decreasing emissions

 

Effluents and waste
GRI
standard
number
  GRI standard title   Disclosure
number
  Disclosure title   Sappi response 2019
GRI 306   Effluents and waste   306-2   Waste by type and disposal method   GSR:
Planet – Minimising waste

 

Employment
GRI
standard
number
  GRI standard title   Disclosure
number
  Disclosure title   Sappi response 2019
GRI 401   Employment   401-1   New employee hires and employee turnover   GSR:
People – Monitoring turnover and new hires
GRI 401   Employment   401-2   Benefits provided to full-time employees that are not provided to temporary or part-time employees   We do not currently report specifically on this parameter, as we operate in multiple countries with different requirements. We do not believe that it is sufficiently material to provide information on this issue at this level of detail.
GRI 401   Employment   401-3   Parental leave   We do not report specifically on the link with parental leave as this is not seen as being material.

 

Labour/management relations
GRI
standard
number
  GRI standard title   Disclosure
number
  Disclosure title   Sappi response 2019
GRI 402   Labour/management relations   402-1   Minimum notice periods regarding operational changes   GSR:
Sappi and the UNGC – Communicating operational changes

 

Occupational health and safety
GRI
standard
number
  GRI standard title   Disclosure
number
  Disclosure title   Sappi response 2019
GRI 403   Occupational health and safety   403-1   Workers’ representation in formal joint management-worker health and safety committees   GSR:
People – Promoting health and wellbeing
GRI 403   Occupational health and safety   403-2   Types of injury and rates of injury, occupational diseases, lost days, absenteeism and number of work-related fatalities   GSR:
PeopleMonitoring turnover, new hires and absenteeism
GRI 403   Occupational health and safety   403-4   Worker participation, consultation and communication on occupational health and safety   GSR:
PeoplePromoting health and wellbeing
GRI 403   Occupational health and safety   403-5   Worker training on occupational health and safety   GSR:
PeopleReviewing our safety performance in 2019: Our management approach
GRI 403   Occupational health and safety   403-6   Promotion of worker health   GSR:
PeoplePromoting health and wellbeing
GRI 403   Occupational health and safety   403-8   Workers covered by an occupational health and safety management system   All workers are covered.
GRI 403   Occupational health and safety   403-9   Promotion of worker health   GSR:
PeopleReviewing our safety performance in 2019: Our safety statistics

 

Training and education
GRI
standard
number
  GRI standard title   Disclosure
number
  Disclosure title   Sappi response 2019
GRI 404   Training and education   404-1   Average hours of training per year per employee   GSR:
PeopleReviewing our safety performance in 2019: Our safety statistics
GRI 404   Training and education   404-2   Programmes for upgrading employee skills and transition assistance programmes   GSR:
PeopleReviewing our safety performance in 2019: Our safety statistics
GRI 404   Training and education   404-3   Percentage of employees receiving regular performance and career development reviews   GSR:
PeopleAppraising our people

 

Diversity and equal opportunity

 

GRI
standard
number
  GRI standard title   Disclosure
number
  Disclosure title   Sappi response 2019
GRI 405   Diversity and equal opportunity   405-1   Diversity of governance bodies and employees   GSR:
PeopleProfiling our people

 

Human rights
GRI
standard
number
  GRI standard title   Disclosure
number
  Disclosure title   Sappi response 2019
GRI 412   Human rights assessment   412-3   Significant investment agreements and contracts that include human rights clauses or that underwent human rights screening   Given the jurisdictions in which we operate, we do not believe this to be material to Sappi.
GRI 412   Human rights assessment   412-2   Employee training on human rights policies or procedures   This is covered in Code of Ethics training.

 

Non-discrimination
GRI
standard
number
  GRI standard title   Disclosure
number
  Disclosure title   Sappi response 2019
GRI 406   Non-discrimination   406-1   Incidents of discrimination and corrective actions taken   We promote a workplace where diversity and inclusion are encouraged. Should there be incidents of discrimination, these are swiftly dealt with, but are not publicly disclosed.
GRI 412   Human rights assessment   412-2   Employee training on human rights policies or procedures   This is covered in Code of Ethics training.

 

Child labour
GRI
standard
number
  GRI standard title   Disclosure
number
  Disclosure title   Sappi response 2019
GRI 408   Child labour   408-1   Operations and suppliers at significant risk for incidents of child labour   This issue has been addressed in our GroupSupplier Code of Conduct and Group HumanRights Policy, which explicitly forbids the use ofchild labour (see www.sappi.com/policies).

 

Forced or compulsory labour
GRI
standard
number
  GRI standard title   Disclosure
number
  Disclosure title   Sappi response 2019
GRI 409   Forced or compulsory labour   409-1   Operations and suppliers at significant risk for incidents of forced or compulsory labour  

We do not believe this is an issue. Forced labour is explicitly forbidden in our Group Human Rights
Policy (see www.sappi.com/policies).

GSR:
UNGC and SDGs – Sappi and the United Nations Global Compact, which includes a statement on modern slavery.

 

Local communities
GRI
standard
number
  GRI standard title   Disclosure
number
  Disclosure title   Sappi response 2019
GRI 413   Local communities   413-1   Operations with local community engagement, impact assessments and development programmes  

GSR:
PeopleSharing value

 

Public policy
GRI
standard
number
  GRI standard title   Disclosure
number
  Disclosure title   Sappi response 2019
GRI 415   Public policy   415-1   Political contributions   Our policy is not to make political contributions.

 

Customer health and safety
GRI
standard
number
  GRI standard title   Disclosure
number
  Disclosure title   Sappi response 2019
GRI 416   Customer health and
safety
  416-1   Assessment of the health and safety impacts of product and service categories  

Our products that are used for food and toy packaging undergo stringent testing and certifications.

 

Marketing and labelling
GRI
standard
number
  GRI standard title   Disclosure
number
  Disclosure title   Sappi response 2019
GRI 417   Marketing and labelling   417-1   Requirements for product and service information and labelling  

GSR:
Key relationships

Customers

 

Customer privacy
GRI
standard
number
  GRI standard title   Disclosure
number
  Disclosure title   Sappi response 2019
GRI 418   Customer privacy   418-1   Substantiated complaints concerning breaches of customer privacy and losses of customer data  

GSR:
We take customer privacy very seriously (see www.sappi.com/legal-notices).