2023

Sappi’s Ideas That Matter Program Trail Blazes Corporate Social Responsibility for Over 20 Years

Entrant Company

Sappi North America

Category

Company & Organization - Corporate Social Responsibility

Client's Name

Sappi North America

Country / Region

United States

Since 1999, Sappi North America, Inc., a leading producer and supplier of diversified paper, packaging products, and pulp, has hosted its Ideas that Matter (ITM) grant program. The program recognizes and supports designers from across the globe by providing funding to those who use their skills and expertise in print design to improve the lives of others worldwide. The program is designed to advocate for the ideas of great designers and uplift the work that changes the world, having provided over $14 million in funding for 500-plus nonprofit projects.

Designers are called to submit ideas that include paper and packaging projects, as well as print and digital communications projects, that benefit their communities. Beginning in 2022, entrants were asked to align their submissions with at least one of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are an integral part of Sappi’s business and sustainability practices. These goals seek to end extreme poverty, reduce inequality and protect the planet, as well as take action to alleviate hunger. By aligning submissions with these SDGs, ITM initiatives drive change for critical social, environmental, and community issues and create a lasting impact.

As the only program of its kind in the paper industry, the Ideas that Matter program is a pillar of Sappi’s commitment to supporting the principles of the UN, as well as strengthening communities while conducting business, building global markets, and addressing the universal need for sustainable development. By addressing social issues through design, Sappi welcomes innovative and creative ideas to drive positive impact in communities.

 
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