The announcement, according to APP, outlines its commitments to improving its environmental performance, the conservation of biodiversity and the protection of community rights.
Independent auditors will be used to track and measure APP’s efforts to meet these commitments.
Highlights of the Roadmap are:
- By 2015, APP will have the capacity to be wholly reliant on raw materials from plantations.
- By 2015, all current APP suppliers will operate by the standards of High Conservation Value Forest (HCVF), providing the most robust protection for biodiversity, rare ecosystems and local community rights.
- By 2020, all current APP suppliers will have credible certification for Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) – matching global best practice in this field.
- As part of its SFM commitments, APP will also introduce carbon measurement and evaluation for its plantations – above and below ground. It will put the company at the forefront of the global pulp & paper industry’s contribution to tackling climate change, in support of the President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s pledge to reduce Indonesia’s greenhouse gas emissions by 26% by the end this decade.
A cornerstone of the Sustainability Roadmap is the Responsible Procurement and Processing Policy for which the recent operation-wide High Conservation Value Assessment (HCVF) is among the most critical components, according to the pulp and paper firm.
These independent audits led by APCS Chairman and Team Leader Loy Jones, will begin first with APP owned supplier concessions and then extend to independent pulpwood suppliers.
Loy Jones, lead HCVF assessor said: “We are pleased with APP’s commitment and willingness to undergo this level of operational evaluation and scrutiny. This represents a critical first step in a long-term journey toward meeting the HCV Management commitment which is not easily undertaken.
“We are optimistic that many stakeholders will welcome this commitment, and hopeful that all, including those taking a more cautious “wait and see” position, will participate in this process so there are positive results for APP, along with the forests and people of Indonesia.”