Stable, resilient ecosystems are core to Sappi’s business, which is why we are inspired to work so hard to achieve the aims of SDG15: Life on Land and enhance nature positivity in line with our focus on a thriving world.
Almost half of all South Africa’s 1, 021 ecosystem types are threatened with ecological collapse and one in seven of the 23, 312 indigenous species that were assessed are considered threatened with extinction1.
Given that of the 399,996 ha of the plantations we own and lease, 261,605 ha are planted with the remainder managed to conserve the natural habitat and biodiversity found there, we have an opportunity to contribute to enhancing biodiversity. This is reinforced by our use of forest certification systems.
Sappi, communities close to our areas of operation and ultimately, all South Africans.
We promote healthy ecosystems in the plantations from which we source woodfibre – biodiversity indicators are incorporated into the internationally acknowledged, independent forest certification systems we use. These include the Forest Stewardship Council™ (FSC™ N003159) and Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC/01-44-43) – all our plantations are certified to both systems. In addition, 85% of the woodfibre supplied to our mills is certified.