Sappi Head Of ce Internal Newsletter 28 November 2017
Q4 and full year: Strong results, excited shareholders, more growth
Our fourth quarter and full year results for FY2017 marked “another fantastic year for the company,” said Sappi CEO Steve Binnie. “Our shareholders are equally excited,” he commented, following an investor roadshow. “They have con dence in our ability to build on our successes going forward.”
As a group our pro ts are up 6% year-on-year, debt is down and we are ahead of our 2020Vision targets.
There are also ample opportunities for growth. Demand for dissolving wood pulp is robust, with customers pushing for more volumes. The packaging and specialities segment has also shown considerable growth, which will be supported by conversions at Maastricht and Somerset Mill. With the closure of some graphic paper competitors in the USA, prospects in this market also look promising.
We must work safer
Sappi Southern Africa delivered another strong set of results, although safety remains a major concern as three people lost their lives during the quarter.
CEO of Southern Africa, Alex Thiel, appealed to employees to complete the DuPont safety survey aimed at assessing staff perceptions, and to pin-point how we can make our business a safer place to work.
In terms of operational performance, the region did very well. Sales volumes were excellent: newsprint achieved 120% of business plan, dissolving wood pulp (DWP) of BP, the paper segment 104%, while our containerboard business also performed well.
Other good news is that the region’s cost savings initiatives, through Project Ranulph, are ahead of target. Alex asked that we continue to contain costs.
More growth is also on the cards, with three projects in the pipeline: additional tons of DWP to be added at Saiccor Mill; an expansion at Ngodwana Mill and an investment at the woodyard at Saiccor.
“Thank you for great work and commitment during the past quarter and year. Let’s continue in this vein in the year ahead.”
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Safety survey: Take part and help make Sappi safer
Help us improve our overall safety performance at Sappi by completing the Du Pont safety perception survey.
Employees with computer access should complete the survey using the link: https://www.research.net/r/ SAPPI_SPS_2017. For those without online access, paper copies will be provided.
When doing the survey...
Think about each question in terms of how it relates to your speci c workplace and job duties.
Also note that the rst four questions are ranking/prioritisation questions. This means that you have to rank the
four elements from 1 to 4 (1 being the highest priority and 4 the lowest). Only select one ranking option per set of questions.
Individual responses will be kept con dential. Please do not follow the survey link to anyone else, and do not discuss the survey with others until the survey period is closed.
The deadline for completing the survey is 01 December 2017.
Follow us on social media
To increase engagement and build our brand among stakeholders, of cial Sappi Group social media Twitter and Facebook handles went live in recently.
Employees are encouraged to follow these handles and share any published content on these pages.
The of cial handles are:
Sappi Group Facebook: Sappi Group @SappiGroup
Sappi Group Twitter:
Congratulations to the following employees who celebrate their birthdays in December 2017:
15 Norma Brown
01 Tyrone Hawkes 02 Mignon Towsen 04 Lavendran Reddy 08 Phanuel Mahlaole 21 Louis Krige
22 Candice Mahlare 23 Norman Raluthaga 27 Marie Foord
27 Yuven Moodley
27 Jonathan Silverberg 28 Rudolf Britz
29 Thandeka Vinqi
30 Tricia du Plessis
31 Alex Thiel
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Let our actions count
World Aids Day – 01 December 2017
The 2017 national theme for World Aids Day, ‘It’s my right to know my status. Prevention is my responsibility’ urges South Africans to take action by nding out their HIV status and taking preventative measures to curb the spread of this pandemic.
Visit your Sappi Clinic to get tested or talk to a Sappi EWB representative about HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment or to receive counselling.
Support Red Ribbon Fridays
The South African National AIDS Council (SANAC) further calls on South Africans to participate in ‘Red Ribbon Fridays’ to help raise awareness and encourage conversations on critical questions such as: What is my responsibility? What can you do to prevent the spread of HIV and TB infections?
This Friday, 01 December 2017, wear a red ribbon, take a picture and share it on social media using the hashtag #RedRibbonFriday.
More ideas for Red Ribbon Fridays:
} Use social media platforms to share what you are doing to prevent HIV and TB.
} Challenge family, friends and colleagues to join the campaign.
} Use Fridays to organise HIV testing services at work or in your community.
} Host an HIV/TB awareness event or talk at work, school or in your community.
} Use the hash tags #RedRibbonFriday, #WAD2017 and #PreventionRevolution to make it trend.
Get involved. Get tested. Become part of the solution.
Check your tracker unit's battery
Has your car tracker unit been installed for more than two years? Then it’s time to get the tracker’s back-up battery replaced.
Your tracker has its own back-up battery, which keeps the unit running when the car is parked. A tracker battery typically lasts for only two years.
When the battery dies, the tracker unit draws power directly from your car’s main battery, and this quickly drains and shortens the life of your car battery.
From an ef ciency and safety point of view, it makes sense to have it replaced.
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Etiquette when engaging with people with disabilities
Ever been nervous to speak to a person with a disability in case you say something offensive? Here are some etiquette tips to follow:
} Relax! It’s a person in front of you, not a disability.
} Always speak to the person directly – even if he/she uses an interpreter. If the person is unable to talk, listen to the interpreter, but continue to address the person directly when talking to them.
} Don’t be afraid to offer assistance, but never rush in and give it without asking rst. If the person accepts your help, ask them to explain how to assist.
} Never put a ‘pity’ tone in your voice or speak in a condescending manner. Always address the person as you would anyone else in their age category.
} Don’t ask someone you don’t know well “what happened to you?”, or how they acquired their disability. This should only be asked once you get to that personal level of friendship.
} Don’t stress if you use everyday language like, “I see what you are saying” (when talking to a visually impaired person), or “she just walked in” (when talking to a person using a wheelchair) etc. They get the point. If you do make a slip up, laugh at yourself with them and move on – it’s not a big deal.
} Avoid assigning labels, when referring to them as “inspirational”, “brave” or “courageous” just because the person has a disability. Sure, they have challenges to overcome, like everybody else. And like everyone else, some overcome those challenges in life and some don’t. Some people are inspirational, and some are not. Judge each person based on their merit.
} When planning events, consider the accessibility elements required by people with a disability. For expert advice, don’t hesitate to ask them directly.
16 Days of Activism Against Abuse
Wear a white ribbon and help
According to Statistics SA, one in ve South African women older
than 18 years has experienced physical violence by a partner.
From 25 November to 10 December annually, the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children takes place.
What you can do:
} Wear a white ribbon on these 16 days to show your support.
} Help by volunteering at community groups who support abused women and children.
} Encourage silent victims to talk about the abuse and support them in nding help.
} Challenge your attitude and how your behaviour might perpetuate sexism and violence.
Don’t turn a blind eye. Reach out. Speak up.