2 July, 2019
Media Release: Sappi becomes an International Stakeholder member of PEFC
Sappi Limited (Sappi) is pleased to
announce that we have become an International
Stakeholder member of the Programme for the
Endorsement of Forest CertificationTM(PEFCTM). This membership aligns with our focus on sustainable forest management and
responsible procurement throughout our
supply and value chains.
Steve Binnie, Sappi Chief Executive
Officer, commented that "Credible, internationally
recognised, robust forest certification systems like
PEFC are fundamental to Sappi's commitment to
sustainability. These systems give assurance to our
value chain of the origin of our woodfibre and
responsible forest management practices."
Graeme Wild, Sappi's Group Head of
Sustainability and Investor Relations, added "Given
that stakeholder engagement underpins our approach to
doing business at Sappi, we welcome the opportunity to
become a PEFC International Stakeholder member.
Through voting in PEFC´s General Assembly and
joining Working Groups and Committees we look forward
to sharing our expertise and contributing to the
mission of PEFC."
reinforces our contribution towards the UN Sustainable
Development Goals and in particular SDG 15 - Life on
Land; given our common priorities to promote
sustainable forest management and support smallholder
forestry around the world."
PEFC is also increasingly becoming an
important forest certification option in South Africa,
responding to customers'
requests for PEFC labelled products. Over the past years, Sappi has been
collaborating with national stakeholders to develop a national
forest certification system. These efforts have now
delivered the South African Forest Assurance Scheme
(SAFAS) - which has recently been assessed and endorsed