By Muhamad Al Azharion 05:34 pm Jun 08, 2015
Jakarta.Two major pulp and paper companies in Indonesia — Asia Pacific Resources International, or APRIL, and Asia Pulp & Paper, or APP — have received sustainable forest management certification from the world’s leading forest certification system. This achievement helps both companies to tap into new markets and better convince customers of the sustainability of their operations.
The two companies received the nod from the Program for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC), which accounts for two thirds of the total forests that are certified under globally certified schemes. 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.
“Most of the forest certification to date has occurred in Europe and North America. The addition of Indonesia to the 36 national forest certification systems means that more and more area in Asia can be certified from now on,” Ben Gunneberg, the CEO and secretary general of the Geneva-based PEFC, said in a statement on Monday.