APP regards the FSC certification system as one of the world’s most credible standards for responsible forest management. We therefore welcome the latest update from the International Board of Directors of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), which has decided to continue its discussions with us as we work towards possible re-association.
The introduction of our Forest Conservation Policy (FCP) on February 5th 2013, initiated a large scale transformation of APP’s forestry and pulpwood operations. All natural forest clearance was halted pending a series of assessments to determine which parts of our suppliers' concessions have forest with High Carbon Stock and which are of High Conservation Value, all of which will be protected. We have also committed to adhere to the principles of Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) as part of the way we address social issues.
We fully agree that independent verification of implementation of the policy will provide an extra layer of reassurance. In addition, we have initiated a number of other transparency measures, including an online monitoring dashboard to report progress on implementation of our FCP.
We look forward to working with the FSC over the coming months as it moves towards considering a roadmap for APP to achieve re-association.