- The Forest Conservation Policy of APP Group as an example of Natural Capital management during the Natural Capital Summit in Madrid
Madrid, 11 October 2016 - For the first time, Asia Pulp& Paper has taken part in the Natural Capital Summit which took place in Madrid this month. The event which was organized by the Ecoacsa Biodiversity Reserve, the CONAMA foundation and the Global Nature Foundation, has highlighted an overview of Natural Capital sector, from its European framework and recent developments to its key tools and the opportunities for company innovation and new business models.
The Natural Capital Summit is one of the key events in this type, in which members from both private and public sector take part. It relies on support from the Natural Capital Coalition, the most important international mutistakeholder organization in the development of both these tools and the European Commission by means of the Business & Biodiversity initiative. The overall objective is to highlight the importance of Natural Capital for businesses and society, through various conferences, whilst also communicating to the companies that the impact their activity has on natural resources can be measured and valued. The event also showcased the direction that the companies and public institutions are following in terms of environmental innovation.
Asia Pulp & Paper presented its most important initiatives on mechanisms designed to integrate Natural Capital value into the decision making process and into the sustainable forest management thanks to their Forest Conservation Policy.
‘In APP, we are aware of the role we play in order to face some of the most complex environmental and social challenges of the 21st century. In APP we believe that this challenges require a closer cooperation between companies, communities, NGOs and governments in order to achieve the goal of a sustainable landscape management. Furthermore, the private sector must also take a leadership role in financing farmers and local communities in order to secure the protection and recovery of the forests’, said Laura Barreiro, Sustainability & Stakeholder Engagement Europe.
The Forest Conservation Policy promotes a new business model which protects the forests and works together with the local communities. It is based on four commitments:
1: APP and its suppliers only operate in non-forested areas as determined by independent assessments for Forests of High Conservational Value (HCVF) and High Carbon Stocks (HCS).
2: APP supports the Indonesian Government low emission development goal and its target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by protecting peatland areas and promoting their sustainable management
3: APP implements the following principles in its activities in the field:Free and Prior Informed Consent (FPIC), responsible resolution of conflicts as well as an open and constructive dialogue with stakeholders.
4: APP obtains fiber from all over the world and ensures that this process is bound by responsible forest management principles.
The World has just acknowledged the first anniversary of the adoption of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda and APP is one of the 17 global companies listed in the DVN.GL Report on actions within the private sector to fulfill the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations (ODS). Also before the end of 2016, APP will celebrate another important landmark in the efforts to tackle climate change: Paris Agreement will entry into force in November.
Both of these milestones are part of a series of global aims to create a fairer and more prosperous and sustainable world. The achievement of these objectives will not be possible without the support of governments, institutions, companies and from the rest of society.
The biggest social and environmental challenges will only be achieved, if the private sector, the driving force for change, draws a path leading towards responsible development that is consistent with the planet’s limits. Its activity will be key for the society to face the challenge of circular and green economy.
About Asia Pulp & Paper
Asia Pulp & Paper Group (APP) is a trade name for a group of pulp and paper manufacturing companies in Indonesia and China. 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 from all over the world.
Started in 1972 with Tjiwi Kimia producing caustic soda, now we run operations across Indonesia and China with an annual combined pulp, paper, packaging product and converting capacity of over 19 million tons per annum. Today, APP markets its products in more than 120 countries across six continents.
Over the years, we have expanded our operations significantly through the acquisition and expansion of several of our pulp and paper mills. It’s our commitment to customer satisfaction that enables us to grow our share in paper sales worldwide and broaden our presence through offices in many countries. We believe ‘tradition and modernity go hand in hand’ which means we value long term relationships as part of our Eastern traditions, while we also are eager to embrace the modern values of innovation and efficiency.
Maintaining the integrity of our supply chain is also crucial to APP’s operations as well as our commitment to our Sustainability Roadmap Vision 2020. Learn more about APP’s path to operational excellence by reading our Sustainability Reports and Forest Conservation Policy at www.asiapulppaper.com.