Sappi Southern Africa
Sustainability Report



Our activities create employment and
drive economic growth in remote rural areas,
thereby expanding markets for our own products.
5, 206 people formally employed.
Employment provided for approximately
10,000 contractor employees.
ZAR9,195 per person invested in training (2017: ZAR6,500),
promoting higher levels of productivity and engagement.
Investment in external training enhances the pool of skills available to us.
Our focus on diversity gives us a competitive edge in global markets.
Community investment: ZAR64 million, promoting shared value
Our enterprise and supplier development,
Sappi Khulisa, enhances security of fibre supply
and uplifts rural communities.


Our products drive our own prosperity and enhance
the lives of people every day.
Adjacent markets help to unlock the value of trees.
Our by-products like boiler ash create business opportunities
and reduce waste.
We give bagasse pith to farmers as a soil enhancer,
thereby decreasing waste.
The indirect economic benefits of our operations impact on sectors
including technical, construction and engineering services which
are outsourced to a wide variety of contractors.
The chemicals industry, in particular, is one of our major suppliers.
In addition, the provision of services including the collection of
recovered paper for the industry and the outsourcing
of non-core activities such as maintenance, medical
services, transportation, cleaning and security creates
opportunities for small, medium and micro


Growing forests absorb carbon dioxide
and release oxygen.
Plantations are replanted
and the process begins all over again.
95% of the water we extract is returned to the environment.
42.7% renewable energy, 90,27% of which own
black liquor and 9,54% own biomass (mostly bark).
With 82% of fibre supplied to mills certified and the
rest procured from known and controlled sources,
the plantations from which we source woodfibre help
mitigate global warming.
Our products come from nature and
return to nature.