Independent Assurance Practitioner’s Limited Assurance Report on Selected Key Performance Indicators
To the Directors of Sappi Limited
We have undertaken a limited assurance engagement on selected key performance indicators (KPIs), as described below, and presented in the 2020 Group Sustainability Report of Sappi Limited (Sappi) for the year ended September 2020 (the Report). The engagement was conducted by a multidisciplinary team including safety, environmental and assurance specialists with relevant experience in sustainability reporting.
We have been engaged to provide a limited assurance conclusion in our report on the following selected KPIs, marked with a ‘LA’ on page 4 of the Report. The selected KPIs described below have been prepared in accordance with the Global Reporting Initiative Sustainability Reporting Standards (“GRI Standards”), supported by Sappi’s internally developed guidelines, and collectively referred to as “Sappi’s reporting criteria”.
|Category||Selected KPIs||Coverage / Reporting Boundary|
|Environment||Direct emissions (Scope 1) tCO2e||Sappi Global (Total Group)|
|Indirect emissions (Scope 2) tCO2e|
|Safety||Employee (Own) LTIFR (rate)|
|Contractor LTIFR (rate)|
The directors are responsible for the selection, preparation and presentation of the selected KPIs in accordance with Sappi’s reporting criteria. This responsibility includes the identification of stakeholders and stakeholder requirements, material issues, commitments with respect to sustainability performance and design, implementation and maintenance of internal control relevant to the preparation of the Report that is free from material misstatement, whether due to fraud or error. The Directors are also responsible for determining the appropriateness of the measurement and reporting criteria in view of the intended users of the selected KPIs and for ensuring that those criteria are publicly available to the Report users.
The Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emission quantification is subject to inherent uncertainty because of incomplete scientific knowledge used to determine emissions factors and the values needed to combine emissions of different gases.
Our Independence and Quality Control
We have complied with the independence and other ethical requirements of the Code of Professional Conduct for Registered Auditors issued by the Independent Regulatory Board for Auditors (IRBA Code), which is founded on fundamental principles of integrity, objectivity, professional competence and due care, confidentiality and professional behaviour. The IRBA Code is consistent with the corresponding sections of the International Ethics Standards Board for Accountants' International Code of Ethics for Professional Accountants (including International Independence Standards).
KPMG Inc. applies the International Standard on Quality Control 1, and accordingly maintains a comprehensive system of quality control including documented policies and procedures regarding compliance with ethical requirements, professional standards and applicable legal and regulatory requirements.
Our responsibility is to express a limited assurance conclusion on the selected sustainability KPIs based on the procedures we have performed and the evidence we have obtained. We conducted our assurance engagement in accordance with the International Standard on Assurance Engagements (ISAE) 3000 (Revised), Assurance Engagements other than Audits or Reviews of Historical Financial Information, and the carbon emission assurance portion of our engagement in accordance with the International Standard on Assurance Engagements 3410, Assurance Engagements on Greenhouse Gas Statements (“ISAE 3410”), issued by the International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board. These standards require that we plan and perform our engagement to obtain limited assurance about whether the selected sustainability KPIs are free from material misstatement.
A limited assurance engagement undertaken in accordance with ISAE 3000 (revised) and ISAE 3410 involves assessing the suitability in the circumstances of Sappi’s use of its reporting criteria as the basis of preparation for the selected KPIs, assessing the risks of material misstatement of the selected KPIs whether due to fraud or error, responding to the assessed risks as necessary in the circumstances, and evaluating the overall presentation of the selected KPIs. A limited assurance engagement is substantially less in scope than a reasonable assurance engagement in relation to both risk assessment procedures, including an understanding of internal control, and the procedures performed in response to the assessed risks.
The procedures we performed were based on our professional judgement and included inquiries, observation of processes followed, inspection of documents, analytical procedures, evaluating the appropriateness of quantification methods and reporting policies, and agreeing and reconciling information with underlying records.
Given the circumstances of the engagement, the procedures performed included the following:
- Interviewed management and senior executives to obtain an understanding of the internal control environment, risk assessment process and information systems relevant to the sustainability reporting process;
- Inspected documentation to corroborate the statements of management and senior executives in our interviews;
- Tested the processes and systems to generate, collate, aggregate, monitor and report the selected KPIs;
- Inspected supporting documentation on a sample basis and performed analytical procedures to evaluate the data generation and reporting processes against the reporting criteria;
- Evaluated the reasonableness and appropriateness of significant estimates and judgments made by the directors in the preparation of the selected KPIs; and
- Evaluated whether the selected KPIs presented in the Report are consistent with our overall knowledge and experience of sustainability management and performance at Sappi.
The procedures performed in a limited assurance engagement vary in nature and timing, and are less in extent than for a reasonable assurance engagement. As a result the level of assurance obtained in a limited assurance engagement is substantially lower than the assurance that would have been obtained had we performed a reasonable assurance engagement. Accordingly, we do not express a reasonable assurance opinion about whether Sappi’s selected KPIs have been prepared, in all material respects, in accordance with Sappi’s reporting criteria.
Limited Assurance Conclusion
Based on the procedures we have performed and the evidence we have obtained and subject to the inherent limitations outlined elsewhere in this report, nothing has come to our attention that causes us to believe that the selected KPIs as set out in the subject matter paragraph above for the year ended September 2020 are not prepared, in all material respects, in accordance with Sappi’s reporting criteria.
The maintenance and integrity of the Sappi website is the responsibility of Sappi’s management. Our procedures did not involve consideration of these matters and, accordingly, we accept no responsibility for any changes to either the information in the Report or our independent limited assurance report that may have occurred since the initial date of its presentation on Sappi’s website.
Restriction of Liability
Our work has been undertaken to enable us to express a limited assurance conclusion on the selected KPIs to the Directors of Sappi in accordance with the terms of our engagement, and for no other purpose. We do not accept or assume liability to any party other than Sappi, for our work, for this report, or for the conclusion we have reached.
Per PAH Lalla
Chartered Accountant (SA)
85 Empire Road
18 December 2020