14 July, 2021
Sappi Partners with EcoVadis to Reinforce a Sustainable Supply Chain
Partnership Will Promote Responsible Business Practices
Aligned with United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
a leading global provider of powerful everyday materials
made from woodfibre-based renewable resources today
announces its partnership with
a global leader in third-party evaluations of business
sustainability performance. The two companies will
collaborate to assess the sustainability performance of
Sappi's suppliers through proactive ratings and
evaluations using EcoVadis' methodology.
As a global forest
products leader, Sappi produces pulp, paper and biomaterials
made from woodfibre sourced from well-managed forests and
plantations. Sappi's partnership with EcoVadis demonstrates
its commitment to sustainability by empowering the company
to gain a clearer view of its supply chain and suppliers,
evaluate and promote responsible business practices, and
scale its collective contribution to the United Nations
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as outlined in its
Thrive25 business strategy.
purpose is to build a thriving world by unlocking the
power of renewable resources to benefit people,
communities and the planet," said Tracy Wessels, General
Manager, Group Head of Sustainability, Sappi Limited. "By
working together in partnership with EcoVadis and our
valued suppliers, we can better identify risk, assess
social and environmental performance, and encourage
commitment to sustainable choices and the SDGs throughout
our value chain. It reinforces the expectations we set out
in our Supplier Code of Conduct, and provides a platform
to build transparency and collaborate."
EcoVadis methodology focuses on 21 sustainability criteria
that are grouped into four themes: Environment, Labor
& Human Rights, Ethics and Sustainable Procurement.
These criteria are aligned with international
sustainability standards such as the Ten Principles of the
UN Global Compact, the International Labour Organization
(ILO) conventions, the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)
standards and the ISO 26000 standard.
"Having already rated
nearly 3000 companies in Africa, EcoVadis sees strong
potential to accelerate sustainable practices across the
continent. We are extremely pleased to work with Sappi, an
African multinational company demonstrating their leadership
and expanding their sustainability commitments by engaging
their value chain in the sustainability performance
improvement journey," said Emily Rakowski, CMO of EcoVadis.
"Having undergone the rating process themselves in all three
of their regional entities, and achieving Platinum level
performance, Sappi is setting a great example for their
suppliers to follow."
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