09 Jun 2015
Two major pulp and paper companies in Indonesia - Asia Pacific Resources International (APRIL Group) and Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) - have received sustainable forest management certification from Program for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC), the world’s leading forest certification system.
The certification ensures international consumers that the wood-related products they buy are sourced from plantations that have been independently verified as sustainably managed in accordance to PEFC’s sustainability benchmarks.
“After much diligent work on the ground, we are delighted to be the first Indonesia forestry company to be awarded our PEFC certification. It reflects that we have made strong progress in sustainable management of our plantations,” Tony Wenas, managing director of APRIL Group's Indonesian operations, said.
“PEFC adds extra trust and assurance for our customers around the world that we are delivering sustainably produced forestry products. It is a positive step for the reputation of Indonesian forestry globally and the demands of new markets and new customers for APRIL Group,” Wenas said.
APRIL Group now has 45 per cent of its long-term wood supply PEFC-certified. The company's manufacturing operations are already PEFC chain-of-custody certified.