Pulp and paper giant told to end deforestation
The World Business Council for Sustainable Development has warned APRIL, Indonesia's second largest pulp and paper company: end your massive deforestation or you will be expelled.
The largest paper company, Asia Pulp and Paper (APP), agreed to stop clearing rainforest just over a year ago following a successful campaign by Greenpeace and other organisations.
APRIL now has a year to comply with the WBCSD edict, and prove that it has ended its role in deforestation. Its membership of WBCSD - a coalition of some 200 international companies committed to sustainability - is on formal probation.
Its membership of the WBCSD's Forest Solutions Group (FSG) has already been suspended.
Recent government data reveal that 60% of fibre supply to APRIL's pulp mill in Indonesia is rainforest wood. Confidential data indicate that in 2012, APRIL suppliers planned to clear some 60,000 hectares of rainforest - equivalent to 230 football pitches a day.
Greenpeace wrote to the WBCSD in February 2013 urging them to suspend APRIL's membership given the company's current position as Indonesia's lead driver of deforestation for pulp.
"It's time for APRIL to take this threat seriously and finally implement an immediate moratorium on all further forest clearance. If companies like APP can, then what is APRIL waiting for?" said Phil Aikman, Senior Campaigner at Greenpeace. But he added:
"Given APRIL's recent heavy dependence on rainforest fibre, Greenpeace has serious concerns about APRIL's commitment to a zero deforestation policy and any ambition it may have to become 100% reliant on plantation fibre.
"Greenpeace will continue to expose APRIL's role in forest destruction and cut through the game of smoke and mirrors the company is playing with its customers."
APRIL claims it will stop clearing areas of rainforests by the end of 2014, however the company has a long history of failing to meet such targets.
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