PEFC welcomes Sappi as an International Stakeholder member

Sappi is our 30th International Stakeholder member and will support our work to ensure the sustainable management of the world’s forests.

PEFC welcomes Sappi as an International Stakeholder member

13 June 2019 PEFC system news

The PEFC family is very happy to welcome Sappi Limited as the 30th International Stakeholder member.

Like all our International Stakeholder members, Sappi will be a vital support in our work to ensure the sustainable management of the world’s forests.

“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,” said Steve Binnie, CEO of Sappi.

“Given that stakeholder engagement underpins our approach to doing business at Sappi, we welcome the opportunity to become a PEFC International Stakeholder member,” added Graeme Wild, Group Head of Sustainability and Investor Relations of Sappi.

“The collaboration 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.” 

The new member

Sappi Limited is a leading global company focused on providing dissolving wood pulp and packaging, printing and writing papers, as well as biomaterials and biochemicals.

Headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa, Sappi has over 12,500 employees in 35 countries and manufacturing operations on three continents.

Woodfibre, and thus sustainable fibre supply from responsibly managed forests, are at the heart of Sappi’s business. Sappi is committed to increasing the amount of certified woodfibre in its products and has been actively promoting forest certification for years.

PEFC International Stakeholder members

International Stakeholder membership is open to companies, organizations and associations with principles and objectives in line with PEFC.

International Stakeholder members are part of the PEFC General Assembly, the highest decision making body of the organization, which sets the strategic direction of PEFC. They can join PEFC working groups and committees on relevant topics including standards revision, marketing and regional promotions.

They can apply to PEFC’s Collaboration Fund for funding opportunities, partner with other PEFC members on projects around the world, and nominate representatives for the PEFC Board of Directors.

Find out how to become a PEFC International Stakeholder member or contact us at for more information.


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