Asia Pulp & Paper Asia Pulp & Paper Group (APP) can offer customers with a greater range of Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (Pefc™) certified products across its global markets by the end of 2015. This follows the award of Indonesian Forestry Certification Cooperation (IFCC) certification to over 300,000 hectares of APP suppliers’ plantations.
The 306,400 hectares of IFCC-Pefc™ certified plantations are operated by two of APP’s suppliers in Riau province, Indonesia; PT. Arara Abadi and PT. Satria Perkasa Agung respectively. In addition, more than 1,000,000 hectares of plantation area are in the final stages of IFCC-Pefc™ certification, with certification anticipated imminently. This means that APP will be much closer to reaching its Sustainability Roadmap Vision 2020 target of 100% of pulpwood suppliers achieving forest certification by 2020 - significantly ahead of target.
“Consumers increasingly demand certified products. APP embraces all credible certification schemes including the Indonesian Legality and Forest Certification SVLK/PHPL and Ecolabelling Institute (LEI) standards. We also acknowledge that our customers require internationally recognized certification. APP has been working to comply with the FSC® Policy for Association. Since IFCC’s establishment, we have been supporting the development of its standard to achieve recognition by the Pefc™, which resulted in Pefc™’s endorsement in October 2014.
“This is now the third year of the implementation of our zero deforestation commitment. The certification for our suppliers today signify an important milestone in this journey. This certification means buyers from APP can be assured that not only are APP’s products of high quality, but that they are certified, traceable and support responsible forest management across Indonesia.” said Aida Greenbury, Managing Director Sustainability, APP.
Secretary General of Pefc™ International, Ben Gunneberg said: “Pefc™ is proud to be associated with first certificates to be issued against the recently endorsed IFCC forest management standard as through these Indonesia is signalling its commitment to sustainable forest management to consumers around the world”
Dradjad H Wibowo, Chairman of the IFCC, added: “Today marks the realisation of a lot of hard work and a long held ambition to secure internationally recognized certification for Indonesia’s forests. Our dual ambition of stimulating the Indonesian economy, assisting small holders whilst protecting one of our most valuable resources, our natural forests, will be significantly bolstered by the presence of the Pefc™ certificate, which is regarded around the globe as a guarantee of responsibly sourced products”