APRIL is now the single largest converter of natural forest among Indonesia’s pulp producers.
APRIL: Indonesia has approximately 131 million hectares of forest estate. The Indonesian Government has zoned 53 million hectares as conservation and protected forests and about 78 million hectares for production forest development.
All of APRIL’s wood supply comes from these development zones, on land that the Indonesian Government has licensed specifically for industrial plantation development (HTI).
APRIL should “change their unsustainable business model and stop draining peat soils and converting forests”.
APRIL: We fundamentally disagree with any claim that our business model is unsustainable. In fact, our key objective and one that we are diligently working towards, is to reach a point where all of our fibre comes from renewable and sustainable plantation sources. That is at the heart of our business model – making good commercial and environmental sense.
APRIL’s public commitments to sustainable and natural forest fibre free operations after 2009 has been greenwashing.
APRIL: Our commitment to sustainable and responsible forest management is real – demonstrated on-the-ground by more than 200,000 hectares of conservation forest that is set aside and protected as a result of our efforts, our support for significant eco-restoration programmes on the Kampar Peninsula – and in our commitment to establish plantations sufficient to meet all of our fibre needs in the future.
APRIL knowingly pulped natural forest wood from concessions inside areas that were designated for protection according to national regulations.
APRIL: This is categorically untrue. APRIL does not source wood from high conservation value areas and complies with all national regulations.
The company’s operations caused serious conflict with local communities.
APRIL: Positive relationships with local communities are essential to APRIL’s long-term success.
APRIL works actively to establish and maintain ongoing relationships with local people who live in proximity to our plantation estates. APRIL’s management systems ensure that plantation development processes foster full respect for the dignity, culture, human rights, aspirations and natural resource-based livelihoods of indigenous peoples and other local people.
Forest clearance in areas with legally questionable concession licenses, including those obtained from officials convicted for or on trial for graft.
APRIL: APRIL and its supply partners strictly adhere to all Indonesian laws and regulations. Our forestry concession licenses have been received following all due processes. The vailidity of those licenses has been reviewed on numerous occasions by the proper authorities and found to be in order. APRIL has zero tolerance for corruption and makes each employee responsible for legal compliance through employment contracts and other company policies.