FSC’s Policy of Association
19.06.13 | Greenpeace says:
Notorious Indonesian pulp and paper producer APRIL has had a chequered history with the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). But late last week we heard that the relationship has finally came to an end – and in a most unexpected way. News came last Friday that before an NGO-initiated FSC complaint process even had an opportunity to begin to investigate APRIL’s deforestation practices, the company had effectively walked out on the FSC’s certification scheme. Seemingly, APRIL did not want to risk the scrutiny of FSC’s Policy for Association complaints process.
24.06.13 | APRIL says:
The decision by APRIL and companies associated with APRIL not to hold or seek FSC CoC/CW certification for the foreseeable future is based on concerns about the FSC’s Policy for Association. This renders ineligible for FSC certification companies which are part of a group that has converted more than 10,000 hectares within the past five years. APRIL and many other companies in Indonesia are working towards developing a renewable and sustainable plantation fibre supply to meet the fibre needs of the future, which is what was done by companies in developed countries in the past. APRIL’s view is that the current Policy for Association criteria act as a disincentive for companies in developing countries to engage with the FSC system.