The most critical issue in APP’s Sustainability Roadmap Vision 2020 was our target to completely eliminate all natural forest derived products in our entire supply chain by 2020. Initially the APP Sustainability Roadmap set out a plan for APP to implement High Conservation Value (HCV) principles and end natural forest clearance across the supply chain by 2015. On February 5th 2013, we announced the Forest Conservation Policy to be in immediate effect, meaning that the objective had been accelerated by almost two years.
There are four commitments underpinning the overall objective of our Forest Conservation Policy:
Policy commitment 1: APP and its suppliers will only develop areas that are not forested, as identified through independent High Conservation Value Forest (HCVF) and High Carbon Stock (HCS) assessments.
Policy commitment 2: APP will support the Government of Indonesia’s low emission development goal and its target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This will be achieved by ensuring that forested peatland is protected as part of APP’s commitment to maintain HCV and HCS forests and to implement best practice management to reduce and avoid GHG emissions within the peatland landscape.
Policy commitment 3: APP will implement the following set of principles: Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) of indigenous people and local communities; Responsible handling of complaints; Responsible resolution of conflicts; Open and constructive dialogue with local, national and international stakeholders; Empowering community development programs; Respecting human rights; Recognising and respecting the rights of its workers; Compliance with all relevant laws and internationally accepted certification principles and criteria.
Policy commitment 4: APP sources fibre from all around the world and is developing measures to ensure that this sourcing supports responsible forest management.
For the latest updates on the Forest Conservation Policy, see here.