Asia Pacific Resources International seeks renewed Forest Stewardship Council affiliation after decade-long ban

By Michael Holder
Business Green
February 8, 2023
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Indonesian pulp, paper, and viscose giant has been looking to regain FSC certification after past allegations it was driving deforestation. One of the world’s largest wood pulp, paper, and viscose producers is seeking to rejoin the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), almost a decade after being banned from using the certification body’s trademark following allegations of engaging in large-scale deforestation in Indonesia. Asia Pacific Resources International Holdings Group (APRIL), part of the multi-billion-dollar Indonesian natural resources conglomerate RGE Group, harvests millions of tonnes of wood pulp and fibre in Indonesia to produce myriad paper, packaging, viscose and paperboard products. The company’s customers include a roll call of multinational consumer goods companies and household brands, including Unilever, Proctor & Gamble, PepsiCo, Mondelēz, and Nestlé. …Over a decade ago, Greenpeace, WWF-Indonesia, and the Rainforest Action Network jointly filed a complaint to the FSC, accusing APRIL of on-going deforestation activities 

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