Fuji Xerox chops supplier after logging concerns

7 September 2011

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7 September 2011 | Daisy Carrington

Fuji Xerox Australia stopped procurement from one of its paper suppliers after it became concerned about its logging practices, a report says.

The 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.

While 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 the broadcast.

The company states that it will continue to sever ties with suppliers not compliant with minimum sustainability standards.

The 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.

Last 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."

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