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A New Leaf in the Rainforest: Longtime Villain Vows Reform

"APP is quite brave to bring in Rainforest Alliance," said Lafcadio Cortesi, forests campaign director at the Rainforest Action Network, which remains an outspoken critic of APP despite the policy.


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Yale: Environment 360
Monday, March 10, 2014

Not just good on paper: how businesses and NGOs can protect rainforests

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, 

The Guardian
Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Rainforest news review for 2013

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.
Thursday, December 26, 2013

Forest Advocates to Staples: It’s Too Soon To Buy From Asia Pulp and Paper (APP)

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

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RAN Responds to Indonesian Pulp and Paper Giant's New Forest Policy

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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

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.

APRIL banned from using FSC trademark to market paper products

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
Friday, August 16, 2013

NGOs accuse pulp and paper giant of blocking deforestation probe

Aditya Bayunanda of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Indonesia said that by quitting the FSC, APRIL was avoiding independent scrutiny of its operations as presented in the NGOs' formal complaint to the FSC.

The Jakarta Post
Thursday, July 4, 2013

NGOs welcome the Forest Stewardship Council decision to cut ties with companies linked to Indonesia pulp giant APRIL.

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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Jakarta - A recent statement issued by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) confirms that Asia Pacific Resources International (APRIL) is officially banned from using the FSC trademark to market its pulp and paper products.(1) APRIL, part of the Royal Golden Eagle group (RGE), is owned by Mr Sukanto Tanoto, whose assets are estimated to be worth around US$12 billion.(2)