Atlanta, GA – (September 8, 2014)
An independent study confirms Asia Pulp & Paper Group (APP) has sufficient means to maintain its zero deforestation commitment as outlined in their Forest Conservation Policy (FCP) released in February 2013.
The Forest Trust independently conducted a “Growth and Yield” study, which assessed existing plantation areas to ensure APP and its suppliers have sufficient capacity to meet the new policy.
"We are pleased to be able to reassure everyone that APP and its suppliers have sufficient resource for the company's 100 percent plantation target," said Scott Poynton, executive director of TFT. “We have identified one minor gap in 2020 but this can be easily filled by increasing the productivity of the plantation operations between now and then.”
The Rainforest Alliance will be reviewing the methodology and conclusions of the report. They have agreed to conduct an external evaluation of APP’s progress in implementing the commitments in the FCP through an independent audit.
Additionally, APP has announced a new procedure mandating that all future suppliers and purchases maintain compliance with the FCP. Earlier this year, APP also expanded upon its zero deforestation commitment to develop a plan to restore and support the conservation of one million hectares of rainforest across Indonesia. This new commitment will have a significant impact on the landscapes both in and around the plantation concessions in APP’s supply chain.
Read APP’s September 2014 FCP Update to learn more about their continued progress.
Asia Pulp & 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. More information can be found at www.asiapulppaper.com
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Solaris Paper®, Inc. (SPI) is a U.S. based manufacturer of premium quality towel and tissue products for the North American Away-From-Home commercial marketplace. SPI’s products are made from virgin Rapidly Renewable Fiber, which produces a whiter, brighter, softer and greener product. SPI is dedicated to a sustainable business model. Our commitment applies to the full scope of our operations, starting with our primary strategic supply partner Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) through end-of product life scenarios. Solaris Paper’s family of products currently includes Nvi® Advanced Dispensing Systems, Nvi® LoCor®, Livi® VPG and Livi® Basic Towel and Tissue. To learn more about Solaris Paper and our full line of product offerings, please visit SolarisPaper.com.