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.
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)
As environmental group Rainforest Action Network (RAN), which has campaigned extensively on stopping the ecologically damaging palm oil expansions, has noted, the company has "recently announced its plan to expand their Indonesian palm oil plantations." This is pushing the Sumatran orangutan close to extinction as well as contributing to massive carbon dioxide-emitting slash-and-burn practices.
"I think this will stand as one of the biggest market-based campaign successes that we've seen in a long time," says Laurel Sutherlin of the Rainforest Action Network, which, along with Greenpeace and other environmental groups, sp
For years, groups like Greenpeace and the Rainforest Action Network have focused on A.P.P. with campaigns that accuse the company of fueling climate change and pushing rare Sumatran tigers, orangutans and elephants toward extinction by clearing the forests where they live.
However Greenpeace is not APP's only adversary among environmental groups, which are sure to also closely scrutinize the deal. NGOs ranging from local groups like WAHLI and Greenomics to medium-sized international outfits like the Rainforest Action Network to multinational behemoths like the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) have actively campaigned to reform APP for the greater part of a decade.