Forestry giant's zero deforestation commitment put to test

5 February 2015

An independent audit of the world’s largest pulp and paper producer found that the company had achieved a wide range of results in meeting promises to end deforestation and resolve conflicts with forest communities.

In 2013 Asia Pulp and Paper (APP) announced its Forest Conservation Policy (FCP), which included a pledge to end deforestation among its suppliers, improve communication and conflict resolution with forest communities, protecting peatlands, and sourcing fiber only from responsible suppliers.

The audit of APP’s pledges, conducted by the Rainforest Alliance and released on Thursday, found that the company met many of its pledges. Yet in some areas, the alliance found APP had achieved only “moderate” and sometimes “limited” success.

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