Scope of this report

This report is aligned with our annual integrated report and covers the period from the beginning of October 2019 to the end of September 2020. We report on a regional and global basis, wherever possible presenting data over five years to make the information relevant, accessible and comparable. Commentary is provided on graphs to enhance understanding and specific measurement criteria – as well as instances where these have changed – are clearly spelled out.

Reporting framework

As Sappi Limited is headquartered in South Africa and we have our primary listing on the JSE, we abide by the King IV Code on Corporate Governance (King IVTM 1 ). Our annual integrated report provides a very clear link between sustainability and strategy and sets out how we create stakeholder value in a sustainable manner.

Aligning with the GRI

This report has been prepared in line with the GRI (Global Reporting Initiative) standards in terms of the core option. The relevant indicators can be found at People Indicators and Planet indicators.

Joint ventures

LignoTech South Africa, our 50:50 joint venture with Borregaard at Saiccor Mill, is excluded from the Prosperity, People (with the exception of Safety) and Planet data as we do not manage the operation.

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Determining materiality

We consider material matters to be those matters that could facilitate or inhibit our One Sappi strategy and that could substantively affect – either positively or negatively – our ability to create stakeholder value over the short, medium and long term.

The information presented has been determined on the basis of our ongoing extensive engagement with our stakeholders and has been assessed against the backdrop of current business operations, as well as the opportunities, challenges and prevailing trends in our industry and the global economy within the context of the global forces shaping our world.

In preparing this report, we have tracked environmental findings and research, public opinion, employee views and attitudes, the interests and priorities of environmental and social groups, as well as the activities, profiles and interests of investors, employees, suppliers, customers, communities, governments and regulatory authorities.

While we do cover economic (Prosperity) issues to some extent, these are dealt with in greater detail in our annual integrated report.

We aim to present information that is material, accurate, comparable, relevant and complete. The information presented covers topics and indicators that reflect our significant economic, environmental and social impacts, as well as issues that would substantively influence the assessments and decisions of stakeholders.

Identifying stakeholders

We have identified the stakeholders we expect to use our report on the basis of our ongoing engagement, both formal and informal, with them. The various ways in which we engage our stakeholders are set out in the Our key relationships section. The stakeholders we expect to use this report include investors, customers, suppliers, employees, communities, governmental and non-governmental organisations, environmental bodies and all those who are affected by our activities.

External assurance

In 2020, we obtained external limited assurance on selected sustainability key performance indicators in this report (please refer to the Independent Assurance Practitioner’s Limited Assurance Report on Selected Key Performance Indicators).

Note: The regional sustainability report for SNA, as well as our corporate citizenship report can be found on www.sappi.com.

Assured data (Sappi group)

Direct emissions
(Scope 1) (tCO2e)
Indirect emissions
(Scope 2) (tCO2e)
Employee (own)
LTIFR (rate)
Contractor LTIFR
LA: Limited assurance provided by KPMG.

External reviews of our sustainability performance

Our aim is to be a trusted partner to all our stakeholders. Our progress in this regard is highlighted by the fact that in 2020: