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APP welcomes Greenpeace report on FCP

Asia Pulp and Paper (APP) says it welcomes the publication of a recent Greenpeace report into the work it is carrying out to end deforestation in its supply chain through its Forest Conservation Policy (FCP) programme.

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APP launched its Forest Conservation Policy earlier this year to halt natural forest clearance

Entitled ‘APP’s Forest Conservation Policy: Progress Review‘, the report looks at how the FCP is being implemented, concluding that, ‘the company is serious about its FCP plans and its key senior staff are genuinely committed to driving the delivery of these new commitments’.

“It is very encouraging that Greenpeace’s report recognises the progress we have made since introducing the FCP just nine months ago,” says APP’s managing director sustainability, Aida Greenbury.

It is very encouraging that Greenpeace’s report recognises the progress we have made since introducing the FCP just nine months ago

The FCP initiative, which was launched in February this year, has introduced a halt on natural forest clearance—something that remains in place while assessments are carried out to identify which parts of its suppliers’ concessions are of High Conservation Value (HCV) or High Carbon Stock (HCS), all of which are protected.

Since the introduction of FCP, Greenpeace halted its campaign against APP and has instead been offering constructive criticism and advice.

The new report pays tribute to a number of factors including the overall implementation of the halt on natural forest clearance, self-disclosure of two breaches of the FCP, action to improve FCP management and implementation, and the decision to undertake third-party auditing of the FCP.

We believe that this level of engagement with customers will send a clear signal to the market that the action being taken by APP is genuine and should be rewarded

However, the report did flag up potential improvements for APP, such as setting out its plan to stakeholders, the publishing of a sustainable forest management planning schedule, and the input of credible experts on conservation plans. 

Greenbury added: “We know that many years of work lie ahead, but this report has given us additional confidence that we are on the right path as we aim to put a permanent end to deforestation in our supply chain.

“We believe that additional scrutiny provided by buyers can only help APP in its continued implementation of the FCP. 

“We believe that this level of engagement with customers will send a clear signal to the market that the action being taken by APP is genuine and should be rewarded.”

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