In recent years, a variety of sustainability labels have found their way onto paper and pulp products to highlight their environmental performance, recyclability, and the role that paper and board play in the circular economy. To meet the market demand for an increasing volume of labelled products, Mercer has committed to an ambitious goal: by 2030, at least 80% of the wood used to manufacture our products will be certified. But trade, and the industry in particular, reach their limits when it comes to making products with both an FSC certification and their availability in sufficient quantities. This is especially problematic if the raw materials are to come from a regional source. There are many reasons for the insufficient provision of FSC wood from German lands for pulp and thus for paper production. At the end of all considerations, it is the complexity of the FSC system, with many rules and requirements, that prevents greater success in Germany. This complex system also prevents the assertion of a great idea: that sustainable management in the forest takes into account the interests of forestry and forest management, social concerns, and environmental interests.
APRIL Group has published its Sustainability Report for 2015-2016, titled Improving Lives, covering an important period in the company’s sustainability progress.
A voluntary reporting initiative, this SR will be the last of the biennial series as it moves to an annual reporting cycle from 2018. The Report focuses on how the company manages its economic, environmental and social commitments in Indonesia where manufacturing, industrial forest plantations, conservation and restoration areas are located.
It highlights several milestones, while noting that the company’s delivery of its sustainability commitments is an ongoing process. These include:
•The launch of the company’s Sustainable Forest Management Policy 2.0 in June 2015, which remains at the centre of our operations today as we implement its commitments, including the immediate elimination of deforestation from our supply chain.
•The subsequent formation of the Independent Peat Expert Working Group (IPEWG) in early 2016, which is advancing science-led approaches to responsible peatland management.
•The achievement of Sustainable Forest Management certification under the Programme for the Endorsement of Forestry Certification (PEFC) – the first Indonesian company to achieve this.
•The establishment of the Fire Free Village Programme (FFVP) in July 2015 – a community-based fire prevention initiative that today continues our progress towards a fire free landscape.
•The expansion of peatland restoration project, Restorasi Ekosistem Riau, to 150,000 hectares supported by US$100 million over ten years, which today continues to promote the protection of important biodiversity on the Kampar Peninsula.
•The implementation of a GHG monitoring project to measure emissions across production and conservation landscapes.
While the report marks the company’s significant progress, APRIL recognizes that much work still needs to be done and remain committed to addressing this in consultation with stakeholders, including the Stakeholder Advisory Committee, Independent Peat Expert Working Group, and RER Advisory Board.
The Report’s title reflects the company’s core purpose: to improve people’s lives through sustainable management of natural resources. This includes caring for the people who depend on APRIL and for the natural resources on which it depends to be a viable business.
In his statement in the Report, Praveen Singhavi, APRIL President, explains, “Our yardstick for success and our drivers for acting go beyond just satisfying our many stakeholders. We must constantly ask ourselves, are we really making a difference where it counts? Are we truly delivering on our protection and production approach to landscape management? And are we a force for the improvement of people’s lives and livelihoods at a local community level?”
more at: http://www.aprildialog.com/en/2017/11/08/improving-lives-april-group-releases-2015-2016-sustainability-report/