Sharing value – Supporting youth in Europe
Supporting youth in our communities was a key priority for Sappi Europe in 2019. Our youth represent the future and investments made today to help them reach their full potential will return dividends for society over the long-term. Specific mill initiatives in 2019:
Maastricht Mill (The Netherlands) supported Global Exploration in its mission to foster global citizenship. The organisation offers young people the opportunity to travel and volunteer in a developing country, have contact with and learn from others.
Ehingen Mill (Germany) donated nearly 3.6 tons of paper, with much of this going to support local schools in various forms, from drawing paper for kindergarten students, through to the paper needed to produce student newspapers. Going beyond donations, the mill has also established formal cooperation contracts with select partner schools to provide learning opportunities and career orientation to the students. From offering internships, mill tours for classes, traditional paper-making in the classes, support for projects, and participations in the school festivals, Ehingen brings to life its commitment to the community's next generation.
Gratkorn Mill (Austria) held a charity run that brought together around 120 employees and their families. For every kilometre completed, the mill donated money to SOS Children's Villages, a non-governmental organisation which provides children with loving and supportive alternative care.
Kirkniemi Mill (Finland) has been supporting two youth-centric charities over the years:
- The mill's support of Save the Children has enabled two students to be financially supported through high school, to take the financial pressures off their families.
- Support to HOPE organisation has helped to provide birthday parties for children who come from families of limited means, helping them to feel special, equal and integrated in their communities.