Pulp & Paper Group (APP) has announced an end to the clearing of
natural forest across its entire supply chain in Indonesia, with
From February 1st, all of APP’s suppliers have suspended natural forest
clearance whilst independent assessments take place to identify areas of
high conservation value that will be protected through a long-term
High Carbon Stock (HCS) assessments undertaken by The Forest Trust (TFT)
will identify all forested areas, enabling APP to ensure that future
plantation development does not take place in forests.
APP announced the new
Forest Conservation policy today (February 5th) during the latest
quarterly update of its ‘Vision
2020’ Sustainability Roadmap, which was published in June 2012.
Initially the APP Sustainability Roadmap set out a plan for APP to
implement High Conservation Value Forest (HCVF) principles and end
natural forest clearance across its entire supply chain, by 2015.
Today’s announcement means that objective has been accelerated by almost
APP has said that the HCVF and HCS policies will be applied immediately
to any further expansion or development of its business.
The Group has encouraged third parties, to participate in a monitoring
programme to ensure that these commitments are being implemented.
Mr. Teguh Ganda Wijaya, Chairman of the APP Group, said: “This is a
major commitment and investment from APP Group. We are doing this for
the sustainability of our business and for the benefit of society. We
hope our stakeholders will support our new Policy, help us along the way
and urge other industry players to follow.
“APP is a world leader in the pulp and paper business, and we will act
as leaders are expected to do.”
Mr. Robin Mailoa, CEO of Sinar Mas Forestry, stated: “Sinar Mas Forestry
is completely committed to the implementation of our new forest
conservation policy across our whole supply chain. It will present
challenges for our suppliers, but I am confident that with support of
our stakeholders across government and civil society, we can ensure its
Ms. Aida Greenbury, APP Managing Director for Sustainability, said: “APP
has today committed to protect all natural forests across its supply
chain as part of its plans to support the Government of Indonesia’s low
carbon development strategy for our economy.”
“Our new Forest Conservation Policy sets our company on course to be a
leading world-class paper company solely based on sustainable plantation
Mr. Scott Poynton, Executive Director of TFT, commented: “APP’s shift
towards a policy of No Deforestation is hugely significant. As the
largest forest product business in an extremely sensitive area, APP is
now in a position of leadership, a stunning reversal in light of its
past reputation. The new APP Forest Conservation Policy de-links the
company from natural forest destruction and recognises the rights of
indigenous and local communities. In so doing APP has set a benchmark
for others to follow. There is of course a lot of work to do to
implement the policy in its entirety and to put in place the necessary
controls and monitoring processes. The leaders of APP recognise this and
we will work alongside them to make this happen.”
APP has also committed to expand its policies on social issues,
particularly with respect to the ‘Free and Prior Informed Consent’ of
indigenous peoples and local communities where new developments are
APP will consult with NGOs and other stakeholders to ensure that its
protocols and procedures for FPIC and conflict resolution are in
accordance with international best practice.
APP is currently undertaking a process of social mapping across its
supply chain in Indonesia, identifying areas where conflict resolution
is a priority.
Pulp and Paper Group (APP) is a trade name for a group of pulp and
paper manufacturing companies in Indonesia and China. The APP Group of
companies is one of the world’s largest vertically integrated pulp and
paper companies, with an annual combined pulp, paper, and converting
products capacity of over 18 million tons. APP-Indonesia and APP-China
currently market their products in more than 120 countries across six
continents. The majority of APP’s production facilities are
Chain-of-Custody certified by SVLK, LEI and PEFC.
APP launched its Sustainability
Roadmap Vision 2020 in June 2012 and its Forest Conservation policy
in February 2013, to further improve its environmental performance,
biodiversity conservation, and protection of community rights.
For more information about the APP Sustainability Roadmap Vision 2020,
please visit http://www.rainforestrealities.com
The APP Forest Conservation Policy is available on www.asiapulppaper.com.
Established in 1999, TFT is a global non-profit that helps businesses
bring responsible products to market. Responsible products improve
peoples’ lives and respect the environment at all stages of the product
lifecycle. TFT helps its more than 90 members worldwide build
responsible supply chains by identifying and addressing embedded social
and environmental issues. Having established a strong record of
achievement in timber supply chains, TFT has expanded its work into palm
oil, leather and stone. TFT’s has offices in 15 countries, and an
on-the-ground presence in many more http://www.tft-forests.org.
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