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Global Business Group Presses Asian Pulp Company to Improve Forest Practices

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The World Business Council for Sustainable Development is pressing the Asian pulp giant APRIL to align its forest practices with the council's forest practices. More on Greenpeace, pulp companies and deforestation here:

Activism at Its Best: Greenpeace's Push to Stop the Pulping of Rain Forests http://nyti.ms/127Yk5G

Greenpeace news release here:
http://www.greenpeace.org/international/en/news/Blogs/makingwaves/april-you-cant-fool-everyone-forests/blog/44736/

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Global Business Group Presses Asian Pulp Company to Improve Forest Practices

  1. 1. Advisory note concerning the review of member company APRIL Groupagainst the membership principles of the WBCSD Forest Solutions Group April 12th, 2013Dear Forest Solutions Group Member:This advisory note is to inform you of the process and progress made to date on aWBCSD review of member company APRIL Group against the membership principles ofthe WBCSD Forest Solutions Group (FSG).Requests from a significant number of peer companies of the FSG – and some NGOgroups – have prompted this review. Primary concerns, raised on a consistent basissince 2010, are the scale and duration of forest conversion by APRIL under legalconcession agreements with the Government of Indonesia and the ongoing level of use ofmixed hard wood (MHW) fiber from its own conversion operations or those of 3rd partysuppliers as a key feedstock.After extensive discussions between APRIL and WBCSD, a phased review process wasagreed in October 2012. The first two phases of this review have now been completed –a comprehensive self assessment against the principles completed by APRIL in January,followed by a 2nd party review by WBCSD including a site visit in February.Based on the completion of phases 1 and 2, WBCSD has request APRIL consideradjusting its forest management and fiber procurement practices to align with the spiritand intent of the FSG principles, as well as the FSG’s leadership mission and objectives.APRIL has been requested to provide WBCSD with sufficient evidence and a definedtimetable to accommodate these recommended adjustments before the end of thiscalendar year.Please contact me if you have any specific questions on griffiths@wbcsd.org(M: +41 22 79 291 6240; DL: +41 22 839 3114).James GriffithsManaging Director - Natural Capital Ecosystem SolutionsWBCSD World Business Council for Sustainable Development www.wbcsd.org 4, chemin de Conches, CH-1231 Conches-Geneva, Switzerland, Tel: +41 (0)22 839 31 00, E-mail: info@wbcsd.org

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