San Francisco, CA – Asia Pulp & Paper (APP), Indonesia's largest pulp and paper company and a long-time target of Rainforest Action Network (RAN), today committed to protect and restore a million hectares of forest across Indonesia.
Responding to today’s announcement, Lafcadio Cortesi of Rainforest Action Network issued the following statement.
When Tachi Kiuchi of Mitsubishi Electric signed an agreement with Randy Hayes of Rainforest Action Network (Ran) nearly 18 years ago, it was celebrated as a step forward in forest protection and an example of leveraging of NGO purpose and corporate power to create positive change. Looking back, however,
APP's move was significant because it had long been viewed by green groups as one of the most egregious environmental transgressors in Indonesia, driving large-scale conversion of wildlife-rich forests and carbon-dense peatlands.
On Tuesday, Indonesia's second largest pulp and paper company, Asia Pacific Resources International Limited (APRIL), announced an updated Sustainable Forest Management Policy. Controversies related to deforestation and human rights violations caused by the business practices of APRIL and its owner Sukanto Tanoto have surrounded the company for years.
Greenpeace, WWF and the Rainforest Action Network welcome the termination of ties between the Forest Stewardship Council and APRIL, which they say acknowledge their complaint on the paper and pulp company’s alleged deforestation practices