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7 June 2012 | Kamalpreet Badasha
Indonesian manufacturer Asia Pulp & Paper has pledged to only use sustainable suppliers of pulpwood that hold certification by 2020.
According to the company’s Sustainability roadmap for 2020 and beyond, the business will only buy from suppliers with Sustainable Forest Management certification, among its measures to help conserve natural resources in Indonesia.
APP also promised that by 2015 all current suppliers will adopt the High Conservation Value Forest (HCVF) principles, which seek to protect forests with high ecological or social value. The company has suspended all natural forest clearance until HCVF assessments have been undertaken.
"Managing conservation values in our natural forests and our operations as a whole is not an empty promise, but it will require an enormous amount of planning and work on the ground to make it happen,” said APP's managing director of sustainability and stakeholder engagement Aida Greenbury in a statement.
“We welcome the participation of important stakeholders who can help accelerate the pace of change.”