Manila, 22nd July 2016 – Ms Librian Angraeni, Environment and Social Footprint Manager of Asia Pulp & Paper Group (APP), spoke on the role of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) in helping ASEAN member nations to achieve sustainable development at the ASEAN Corporate Sustainability Summit in Manila.
Ms Angraeni suggested during a panel discussion that the shift towards greater regional economic integration represents a major opportunity to develop regional approaches to sustainable development.
The establishment of the AEC - an initiative to build the world’s 7th largest economy through the creation of a single market worth more than $2.6 trillion - provides businesses with the opportunity to share best practice and help to end poverty, fight inequality, injustice and tackle climate change by 2030 by supporting the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) adopted at the 2015 United Nations Sustainable Development Summit.
Such cooperation on sustainable development is increasingly important as the impact of climate change on the ASEAN region intensifies. Ms Angraeni noted the shared challenges and opportunities presented to Indonesia and the Philippines as both nations pursue the responsible utilization of natural resources and economic development.
Outlining APP’s support for the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals, Ms Angraeni explained how relevant goals within the the SDGs have been embedded within APP's business strategy. For instance, approaching the issue of mill waste to support SDG 12; Responsible consumption and production – which argues that achieving economic growth and sustainable development requires that we urgently reduce our ecological footprint by changing the way that we produce and consume goods and resources:
"One approach we’ve used is to look at our value chain and identify opportunities to turn waste into value. For example, the APP mill in Riau Province has been working closely with local community groups to turn the plastic straps used to bind bundles of purchased pulp into handicraft products such as floor mats, flower pots and baskets.
“Through APP’s support with handicraft training, basic marketing and management skills, the community groups have successfully turned what is conventionally a waste product – plastic strapping - into additional income for the family, whilst empowering women in the villages through a new income source. At the same time, this has enabled APP to reduce the amount of solid waste diverted to landfill thereby improving our environmental impact in a manner that has turned waste into value.”
Ms Angraeni explained that transparency and the reporting of results has been key to building awareness of the company’s initiatives;
"We report on the progress of our sustainability commitments to our stakeholders through our annual sustainability reporting, which is developed based on the Global Reporting Initiative standard. Other platforms such as the Sustainability Dashboard allow us to provide detailed reports on the progress of our Forest Conservation Policy commitments, whilst also providing an avenue for stakeholders to provide feedback on its implementation. By sharing these progress updates, we open opportunities for stakeholders to benchmark our initiatives against each other, and to collaborate where relevant. This we believe significantly improves our ability to deliver against our targets.
“The increasing economic integration of the AEC strengthens ASEAN position as one of the world’s leading economy. As a bloc that is predicted to be the world’s fourth-largest economy by 2030, ASEAN plays a significant role in achieving the Global Goals. Corporations in ASEAN need to raise against the challenge and turn it into opportunity. Innovative solutions and transparency are key to successful business contribution in achieving SDGs and in building partnership across nations and across sectors.”
For more information, please contact:
Renaldy T Salim
Head of Communications, Global Communications Unit
Asia Pulp & Paper
M : (62) 81311223659
Notes to Editor:
About Asia Pulp and Paper
Asia Pulp & Paper Group (APP) is a trade name for a group of pulp and paper manufacturing companies. APP is responsible for delivering quality products to meet the growing global demand for tissue, packaging and paper. On any given day, our products find their way into the hands of consumers in various branded forms all over the world.
Maintaining the integrity of our supply chain is crucial to APP’s operations. APP launched its Sustainability Roadmap Vision 2020 in June 2012 and its Forest Conservation Policy in February 2013, to further improve its environmental performance, biodiversity conservation, and protection of community rights. Key objectives of this roadmap are to ensure that its pulpwood suppliers adopt High Conservation Value (HCV) and High Carbon Stock (HCS) protection, peatland protection, and be 100% Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) certified by 2020.
In April 2014, APP launched its commitment to support the protection and restoration of one million hectares of forest in Indonesia. In line with that commitment, by 2015 APP and its suppliers have allocated approximately 600,000 hectares for conservation within its suppliers’ concessions and for ecosystem restoration.
Learn more about APP’s path to operational excellence by reading our Sustainability Reports and Forest Conservation Policy on: www.asiapulppaper.com