APP aspires to the highest level of corporate responsibility. We recognize our social obligations and our role in the welfare of the people and the countries in which we operate our business. We are committed to ensuring that our operations and that those of our supply chains have positive impacts on the social and economic welfare of the surrounding communities.
Our zero deforestation commitment announced on February 5th 2013, has led to a significant change in our social policies with new strands developed to ensure that grievance procedures are properly addressed, that those who believe they have observed breaches in our zero deforestation policy are listened to and that the issues are examined and dealt with - also that communities, where there has been a negative economic impact as a result of our policy, are supported. Perhaps the most important expansion of our social policy is the adoption of the principle of Free Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC), as advised by our NGO partner The Forest Trust and a number of other stakeholders.
‘Free prior and informed consent’ means that a community has the right to give or withhold its consent to projects that may affect the lands they customarily own, occupy or use. It is now a key principle in international law related to indigenous peoples and has particular relevance to forest peoples.