January 14

Paper Giant App Failing Its Own Sustainability Goals: Report

From destruction of tropical peat ecosystems to the prevalence of burning to persistent community conflicts, a new study found that one of the world’s biggest paper producers has failed to uphold its own sustainability commitments.

Activists have called on financiers and clients of Asia Pulp & Paper (APP), one of the world’s biggest paper producers, to stop doing business with the company, citing alleged violations of its own sustainability commitments.

“APP is a wolf in sheep’s clothing,” said Sergio Baffoni, coordinator of a campaign by the Environmental Paper Network (EPN) to protect Indonesia’s rainforests. “For years they have pretended to be a green champion, but their commitment to forest conservation and social responsibility remains empty words. Conflicts, intimidation and violence continue to ravage communities living in the areas exploited by APP and its suppliers.”

The EPN has published a new report linking APP to deforestation, forest and peat fires, and social conflicts in its areas of operation in Indonesia. It also alleges APP failed to fulfill its promises to rehabilitate degraded peatlands and conserve rainforest.

Photo courtesy of Jeremy Perkins.

Source: Eco-Business (link opens in a new window)

business development, SDGs