Sappi Southern Africa has received the Trialogue Strategic CSI Award in recognition of its 40-year-old flagship Khulisa enterprise supplier development program. This prestigious accolade is awarded annually to the program that exemplifies best practice in Strategic Corporate Social Investment (CSI) in South Africa.
What makes this award even more significant for Sappi is the fact that it was presented to the company on the 40th anniversary of the Khulisa program, which started as a small outreach program of the CSI and grew into a division fully fledged and thriving in its supply. chain. The Sappi Khulisa program today supports more than 4,000 forest producers to establish meaningful livelihoods by accessing the important forestry value chain in South Africa.
Strategic CSI is defined as CSI that has a positive impact on development, as well as a significant positive impact on the business, beyond the impact on reputation. It’s this creation of shared value, “doing good while doing business,” that earned Sappi the award. This is not the first time the program has been recognized for its excellence. It won the inaugural Absa Supplier Development Award in 2018 and won a Silver Loerie in the Shared Value category in 2021.
“This award recognizes our belief that businesses and communities can thrive together and is a testament to the power of collaboration, where the interests of business and society align for mutual benefit. The Khulisa program is a jewel in Sappi’s crown. As we celebrate its ruby anniversary this year, it makes us appreciate the shared value it has created for us as a company and for the thousands of Khulisa participants who have been part of this success story over the years. My congratulations go to the Khulisa team who work tirelessly to build these strategic relationships with our suppliers,” commented Alex Thiel, Managing Director of Sappi Southern Africa.
The award is hosted by Trialogue, a corporate responsibility consultancy with over two decades of industry experience and research, supporting better businesses through its thought leadership, academy, consulting services in social impact, integrated thinking and ESG consulting, monitoring and evaluation and corporate reporting. .