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September 2011 | Daisy Carrington
Xerox Australia stopped procurement from one of its paper suppliers after it
became concerned about its logging practices, a report says.
printer and copier company’s Sustainability Report 2011 explained that in August, it severed all ties
with Asia Pacific Resources International (APRIL), which owns one of the
world’s largest paper mills.
Fuji Xerox claims to have had doubts over the supplier as far back as July, the
conduct of APRIL while clearing a forest in Sumatra, Indonesia, was the subject
of Australian TV show Foreign Correspondent
in August. The show highlighted deforestation carried out by APRIL. Fuji
Xerox announced its decision to cut ties with the organisation shortly after
company states that it will continue to sever ties with suppliers not compliant
with minimum sustainability standards.
report also states that, despite increasing imports by 19 per cent, Fuji Xerox
was able to reduce carbon emissions by 13 per cent. The organisation attributes
the drop to more efficient sales forecasting, which enables it to make fewer
imports via airfreight, used mainly to handle unforeseen stock needs.
year, Fuji Xerox Australia worked with suppliers to attempt to ensure 85 per
cent of the paper it sells was either recycled or certified as sustainable by
the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). While it only achieved 75 per cent, this was an improvement on
2008, when the figure was just 11.6 per cent.
A statement on APRIL's website in response to the Foreign Correspondent show said: "All of our wood supply comes from legal sources. No illegal wood enters our supply chain. All of our PaperOne products come from 100 per cent renewable plantation sources. PaperOne’s fibre supply has been
independently certified according to the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification Chain of Custody standard and also verified to ensure it does not originate from controversial sources. APRIL lawfully clears areas of land on which to establish sustainable acacia plantations."