Last week, the Asia Pulp & Paper Group (APP) published a report detailing its new commitment to preserving natural resources on the continent.
The Sustainability Roadmap for 2020 focuses on improving environmental performance, biodiversity conservation and protection of community rights.
“APP’s Roadmap reflects upon a paradigm of the way that Indonesian companies are shaping up for the challenges and opportunities of the next decade,” said Gita Wirjawan, Indonesia’s Minister for Trade. “The strategy is about how to become a global industry leader, and doing so in a sustainable way. This will be achieved through innovation, investment and internal transformation.”
According to a report published by the Financial Post, highlights of the Roadmap report include:
- By 2015, APP will have the capacity to be wholly reliant on raw materials from plantations.
- By 2015, all current APP suppliers will operate by the standards of High Conservation Value Forest (HCVF), providing the most robust protection for biodiversity, rare ecosystems and local community rights.
- By 2020, all current APP suppliers will have credible certification for Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) – matching global best practice in this field.
The APP reports comes on the heels of a decision by the group several weeks ago to adhere to the internationally recognized principles of the High Conservation Value Forest (HCVF). The group also recently committed to suspending natural forest clearance on its own plantations.
“We are pleased with APP’s commitment and willingness to undergo this level of operational evaluation and scrutiny,” said Loy Jones, lead HCVF assessor. “This represents a critical first step in a long-term journey toward meeting the HCV Management commitment which is not easily undertaken. We are optimistic that many stakeholders will welcome this commitment.”