CREATING SHARED VALUE AS WE INVEST IN PRODUCTION, PEOPLE AND PLANET.
Since 2013 nearly every region in South Africa has experienced some form of drought and water shortages, with erratic rainfall and increasing water demand intensifying levels of water stress. A reliable supply of water at an acceptable quantity and quality that's not harmful to human health, livelihoods, development and the environment is essential for the country's current and future development.
Across the world, water is essential to our Prosperity, to People and to the Planet. For Sappi Southern Africa, we cannot achieve our aim of creating shared value without equitable access to water, which is why we have chosen 'water' as the theme for this year's report.
Our country's water needs will be met in an increasingly uncertain, volatile and warmer climate. A two-degree increase in global temperatures means a four degree increase for South Africa. Less rain is predicted in the western half of the country and potentially more intense flood events in the east.1
We can't change the climate systems that influence weather variability and conditions. But we can do a lot to adapt to changing the future where parts of the country will get drier, warmer and the intervals between droughts will be shorter.
This report celebrates the life-giving properties of water and also details our alignment with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 2030 (also known as the global goals).