Sappi North America has released its 2022 Sustainability Report highlighting the company’s commitment to producing lower emissions and improving the range of its sustainable products and employee safety measures.

The company said that the new report confirms that it has achieved the EcoVadis Platinum sustainability rating for the third consecutive time.

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Sappi highlighted in its report the adoption of UN Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDGs) in its business.

The UNSDGs included a total of 17 global priorities that required the company to utilise its expertise and innovation to deliver solutions for various challenges such as climate change and responsible consumption/production.

After analysing all 17 themes, Sappi’s team identified a total of seven goals in which the company could stand out.

The first theme was Sappi’s initiative to implement a decarbonisation transition across its manufacturing regions, as specified under the Science Based Targets (SBTi) initiative that Sappi joined in 2020.

The company received approval from the SBTi programme in June 2022.

The second and third targets respectively were to elevate women in senior management roles and reduce the combined lost time injury frequency rate.

This rate was reduced to 0.18 in 2022 from 0.34 in 2021 while the lost time injury severity rate decreased to 7.3 from 11.5 in the previous year.

The fourth goal allowed Sappi to drive local impacts and contribute to a circular economy by participating in forest management programmes in both Maine and the Upper Midwest, US.

The next goal was to ensure that all new products by Sappi had clearly defined sustainability benefits.

The last two goals required Sappi to explore new uses of its texturing paper and film and to overcome its supply chain issues, which would in turn enhance its delivery rate and also minimise emissions.

Sappi North America CEO and president Mike Haws said: “During fiscal year 2022, we reached important milestones in employee safety, financial performance and sustainability.

“This success allowed us to reduce debt, continue investing in our facilities and provide resources for the research and development of innovative and sustainable new processes and products.”