Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 


APP Statement on Greenpeace ‘Ramin’ Report

Jakarta, March 1st 2012

Statement on Greenpeace ‘Ramin’ Report

Asia Pulp & Paper Group (APP) has just received a copy of a new report from Greenpeace entitled ‘The Ramin Paper Trail’. The report makes a series of allegations concerning the treatment of protected tree species at our Indah Kiat mill in Perawang, Sumatra.

APP is grateful to Greenpeace for bringing this report to our attention. We take very seriously any evidence of violation of the regulations concerning the protection of endangered tree species. APP will now study the allegations very closely. A specialist APP team has been sent to the Indah Kiat mill to determine whether there is any substance to the claims. We will inform our stakeholders once this process is completed.

APP maintains a strict zero tolerance policy for illegal wood entering the supply chain and has comprehensive chain of custody (CoC) systems to ensure that only legal wood enters its pulp mill operations.

APP’s CoC systems are independently audited on a periodic basis. This ensures that we only receive legal pulpwood from areas under legal license that have passed all necessary ecological and social assessments.

APP’s chain of custody system traces the origin of raw material, evaluates its legal and environmental status, to minimize the risk of contamination and to ensure that endangered species are protected – in accordance with the laws of Indonesia.

The Government of Indonesia (GOI) issued specific decrees regulating the conservation and limited trade of protected tree species such as Gonystylus (ramin) in Selective Logging Forest Management. In pulpwood plantation management, the guidelines to conserve high conservation value areas and protected species are captured under the Environmental Impact Analysis, macro and micro delineation assessment processes. These independent assessments are conducted prior to pulpwood plantation development to identify and protect high value conservation forest within pulpwood plantation concessions.

APP is in full compliance with these GOI laws and regulations1

Further background on APP’s Wood Legality Systems

APP’s internal processes, auditing and chain of custody systems are subject to continuous review and improvement. To that end, APP has recently tightened the monitoring and verification of the wood fiber inventory entering our mills. Starting in 2011, APP now independently tests random samples of all products to ensure that they don’t contain protected species.

A recent independent report confirmed that no protected tree species are entering our supply chain.

However, APP accepts that no system in the world, no matter how rigorous, is 100% failsafe. It is APP’s desire to work with Greenpeace and other like-minded NGOs to improve our responsible sourcing policies and practices.

To minimize the risk for any protected tree species contaminating our supply chains, additional systems and standard operating procedures are implemented across all APP pulpwood supplier plantations and mills.

The systems in place were created according to and in full alignment with Indonesian national protocol.

On the pulpwood plantation side, all pulpwood suppliers must adhere to a three-step process that starts with an inventory of vegetative land cover, which includes an inventory of species requiring protection in a pulpwood concession prior to development. Land clearing plans and results are verified and approved by Forestry Agency officers on site to ensure that no protected species enter the supply chain. All pulpwood suppliers are also required to follow specific protocols for handling wildlife on concessions and pulpwood development activities. These protocols prohibit felling of protected species and prohibit poaching of any endangered or threatened wildlife.

At the pulp mill gate, Forestry Agency officials inspect every truck load of pulpwood before granting access to check for any illegal and protected tree species.

1 Operating procedures are also in place in APP mills to regulate the receiving of wood to automatically reject or destroy unqualified wood, including protected species, in line with the respected law and regulations. Unqualified wood, including Ramin and other protected species, is clearly identified, separated, filed and reported. A warning and penalty are given to the wood supplier.

APP maintains extensive systems and protocols to minimize the risk of illegal or unwanted raw material from entering and contaminating its supply chains. The chain of custody system traces the origin of raw material to minimize the risk of contamination.

Just like many other pulp mills around the world, APP pulp mills also process waste materials that include miscellaneous remnants, wood shaving and trimmings. For our recycled products, APP processes wastepaper imported from all over the world. The traceability of the waste paper APP uses follows the highest industry standards; but it is not practical or possible to check fiber composition in thousands of tons of waste paper coming from different waste paper collection systems around the world.

END

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

PARLIAMENT TODAY:

Regulators: Govt To ‘Crowd-Source’ Regulatory Advice

A wide-ranging set of reforms is to be implemented to shake up the way New Zealand government agencies develop, write and implement regulations. More>>

ALSO:

Board Appointments: Some Minister Appoint Less The 3 In 10 Women

“It’s 2015 not 1915: Ministers who appoint less than 3 in 10 women to their boards must do better, they have no excuse but to do better,” said Dr Blue. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The 1990s Retro Proposals For Our Health System

As we learned yesterday, the reviews propose that the democratically elected representation on DHBs should be reduced, such that community wishes will be able to be over-ridden by political appointees. In today’s revelations, the reviews also propose a return to the destructive competitive health model of the 1990s. More>>

ALSO:

Post-Cab Press Conference: Foreign Buyers Register, TPP And Serco

At a press conference today in Wellington, John Key discussed the foreign buyers register as well as the TPP and Serco. Key was questioned on whether a stamp tax might be used as a tool to deal with foreign buyers. More>>

ALSO:

Lyndon Hood Satire: Serco To Outsource Prison To Public Sector

In response to high-profile failings, multinational omnicorporation Serco will introduce public management in its prison system. Serco's New Zealand manager, speaking on condition of anonymity, has announced plans for managers from the Department of Corrections to run the Mt Eden Correctional Facility. More>>

National Party Conference: Plans To Nudge Immigrants Towards Regions

The Government will introduce a package of immigration measures aimed at improving the spread of workers, skills and investment across New Zealand, Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse says. More>>

ALSO:

Corrections: Serco Relieved Of Control At Mt Eden Prison, Retains Contract

Multi-national private prison operator Serco has been forced to hand back control of Auckland's Mt Eden remand prison to the Department of Corrections, which has used a 'step-in' clause in its contract with Serco following a string of increasingly serious allegations about contraband, prisoner injuries and a death. More>>

ALSO:

Other Experiments: Failing Charter School Stays Open 'For Kids'

Education Minister Hekia Parata says she has given Te Pumanawa o te Wairua in Northland a chance to continue operating because of her concerns about finding other educational opportunities for its students. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
More RSS  RSS News AlertsNews Alerts
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news