APRIL’s Commitment to Ensure Sustainable Supply for Asia Pacific Rayon

  • [1], whether from its own sources or from suppliers. Annual independent third-party assurance audits have shown that APRIL has adhered to these commitments and it continues to evolve its policies and practices in response to stakeholder expectations.[2]
  • All of APRIL’s wood supply – and supply of dissolving pulp that will be supplied to APR once it commences operations – comes from renewable plantation sources that are certified under global forest management standards.[3]
  • Based on accepted industry frameworks including High Conservation Value (HCV), High Carbon Stock (HCS) and other assessments, APRIL is conserving or restoring 369,420 hectares of forest in Indonesia, including 150,000 hectares of peat forest as part of the Restorasi Ekosistem Riau program – and aims to reach a 1-for-1 target where it protects one hectare of conservation forest for every hectare of plantation.[4]
  • Some of APRIL’s concession areas and plantations are on peatland.[5] APRIL has gone to significant lengths to effectively and scientifically manage peatland to maintain HCV areas and to manage water levels. It continues to improve those practices as the science evolves and the outcomes of its research into GHG emissions are realised.[6]
  • The Independent Peat Expert Working Group (IPEWG) was formed in 2016 to support APRIL by providing science-based recommendations on its responsible peatland management strategy.[7] The IPEWG consists of six peatland scientists from UK, Finland and Indonesia. To guide its work with APRIL, the IPEWG developed a Peatland Roadmap[8] that has three key components:
  • Science-based understanding and minimising impacts based on science.
  • Responsible peatland operations designed to minimise fires, optimise yields, improve community livelihoods and minimise subsidence.
  • Developing a long-term peatland vision based on a combination of responsibly-managed production, restoration and rehabilitation.
  • APRIL has not established a new pulp mill and has only converted one of its pulp production lines to dissolving pulp. All wood supply needs must be met in compliance with its sustainability policy.
  • Despite complex land ownership and mapping processes in Indonesia , APRIL has no major social or community disputes. All grievances filed with the company are documented on its Sustainability Dashboard, and APRIL is working directly with the parties involved and with government to resolve outstanding land claims.
  • Through its operations and SFMP commitments, APRIL has and continues to make a significant contribution to development opportunities for local communities including creation of thousands of jobs and improvements in community infrastructure, education and healthcare. These are outlined in APRIL’s Sustainability Report.[9]

The most recent audit of APRIL’s implementation of its sustainability policy was completed by KPMG PRI Canada in July 2018.[10] As with all APRIL’s assurance reports, the findings were published for all stakeholders’ review in line with the company’s commitment to transparency.

APRIL is committed to providing its customers, including APR, with 100% legal, certified and sustainable products produced by world-class plantation and manufacturing operations. It continues to report on its progress and challenges transparently and will adhere to the supplier requirements of APR when APRIL commences supplying dissolving pulp to it in 2019.

APRIL remains keen to engage in a constructive dialogue with Canopy, along with other stakeholders and industry players, to help shape a vision for sustainable viscose that is balanced, inclusive and is mindful of the needs, rights and aspirations of the local people in Indonesia.

[1] See: Sustainable Forest Management Policy 2.0, Section I and II

[2]Report on APRIL Group’s Implementation of Sustainable Forest Management Policy 2.0,’ KPMG Performance Registrar Inc., July 2018

[3] See: ‘Report on APRIL Group’s Implementation of Sustainable Forest Management Policy 2.0,’ pp.17-26.

[4]Empowering Development: APRIL Sustainability Report, 2017,’p.6.

[5]Empowering Development: APRIL Sustainability Report, 2017,’p.6.

[6]Empowering Development: APRIL Sustainability Report, 2017,’p.17.

[7]  See: APRIL Sustainability Dashboard, ‘About IPEWG’

[8]  See: APRIL Sustainability Dashboard, ‘Peatland Roadmap’

[9]Empowering Development: APRIL Sustainability Report, 2017,’pp.23-27

[10]Report on APRIL Group’s Implementation of Sustainable Forest Management Policy 2.0,’ KPMG Performance Registrar Inc., July 2018.


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