With its membership in the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC), Sappi joins more than 240 global brands, retailers and manufacturers, as well as government, non-profit environmental organisations and academic institutions, which are collectively committed to improving supply chain sustainability in the apparel, footwear and textile industry.
In its relationship with the SAC, Sappi will contribute both data and resources to support the Higg Index, which measures sustainability performance and drives supply chain transparency and decision-making to improve efficiency and sustainability impact. The Higg Index is an indicator-based suite of tools that enables suppliers, manufacturers, brands and retailers to evaluate materials, products, facilities, and processes based on environmental performance, social labour practices and product design choices.
Sappi Limited CEO Steve Binnie commented, ‘Sappi’s sustainability strategy builds on our 2020Vision, people and core assets and aims to create real value by evolving our business as we expand our range of products derived from woodfibre, including packaging and speciality papers, woodfibre based bioproducts and importantly dissolving wood pulp (DWP) for the textiles industry. We are pleased to be joining the SAC, and are confident it will have a positive impact on product sustainability over time.’
‘We welcome the addition of Sappi to the Sustainable Apparel Coalition and look forward to their participation in this industry-wide effort in sustainability,’ SAC interim executive director Amina Razvi said. ‘Having Sappi as part of the Coalition widens the scope of our impact within the industry and accelerates the change we’re making towards responsible industry actions.’