Sappi Renews its Support for Living Lands and Waters
BOSTON—April 21, 2009—With the celebration of Earth Day tomorrow, Sappi Fine Paper North America today announced that it will continue supporting Living Lands & Waters in 2009 and reaffirmed its commitment to operating sustainably.
As part of Sappi Fine Paper North America’s corporate sponsorships, since 2007, the company has supported Living Lands & Waters, a non-profit, environmental organization focused on the protection, preservation and restoration of America’s major rivers and their watersheds. Last year, Sappi and Living Lands & Waters co-organized and participated in river cleanups in Louisville, Ky. and this year, Sappi will invite employees and customers to participate in future cleanups to be held in the Midwest, which is where the organization is based. With Sappi’s support in 2008, Living Lands & Waters’ activities included removing 250 tons of garbage from America’s rivers; reaching over 2,500 educators and students through educational workshops and in-school presentations; and cultivating over 338,000 viable acorns in their nursery as part of their MillionTrees Project.
“Sappi Fine Paper North America is pleased to continue its corporate sponsorship of Living Lands & Waters, for it is an environmental organization that is truly remarkable in its mission and its grassroots approach to cleaning up our nation’s rivers and watersheds. Our support for Living Lands & Waters is just one of the many ways that Sappi is demonstrating our ongoing commitment to sustainability,” said Jennifer Miller, Executive Vice President of Marketing and Communications, Sappi Fine Paper North America.
Sustainability is fundamental to Sappi Fine Paper North America’s corporate strategy and below are highlights of some of its sustainability initiatives:
Triple Chain of Custody Certification: As of February 2008, each of Sappi’s coated fine paper mills in North America—Somerset Mill, Muskegon Mill and Cloquet Mill, have triple chain of custody certifications to the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI), Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), and Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) programs, and renewed certification to the 2005-2009 SFI® Standard, which was first achieved in 2004. In addition, the Cloquet and Somerset Mills are also certified to the Sustainable Forestry Initiatives’ Fiber Sourcing program. All certifications were achieved through independent third-party audits managed by Bureau Veritas.