As the world faces the issue of climate change, myriadenvironmental groups have sought ways to preserve our remainingforests ± to capture greenhouse gases, clean the air and help restorethe environment. Among the forests of the world to attractenvironmental attention are Indonesia¶s tropical forests.After repeated allegations by environmental groups questioning theenvironmental policies and behaviour of Indonesia-based Asia Pulp& Paper (APP), the company asked Greenspirit Strategies Ltd. toconduct a review of its operations to evaluate their sustainability practices and determine if the company is behaving in anenvironmentally responsible manner.While Greenspirit Strategies is familiar with APP¶s operationshaving visited some of the company¶s operations about a decadeago, we agreed to take the current assignment
if we were givenfree reign to investigate what we felt important. To that end, we:
Insisted that a Greenspirit Strategies team conduct an on-site, detailed inspection of APP¶s documents and operationsof our choosing in Indonesia.
Specified the locations and operations that we wished to see, including those in someenvironmentally sensitive areas.
emanded full access to employees and villagers affected by the operations we chose toinspect.
equired both on-the-ground and aerial tours of the areas we were interested in so that we coulddetermine real impacts of APP operations on nearby rainforest lands.As a result of our inspection, we have concluded that APP is behaving responsibly and operating in asustainable manner.It is clear that APP and its pulpwood suppliers¶ resources are helping to alleviate poverty in Indonesiaand ± directly and indirectly ± reduce illegal encroachment and habitat destruction. By targeting APPand its pulpwood suppliers, Western environmental groups are making it that much more difficult toreduce deforestation in the country.The tragedy here is that, as our investigation made clear, Western environmentalists have ignored a primary cause of deforestation in Indonesia ± poverty ± to focus on an easy but innocent target: a largeIndonesian pulp and paper company.We do not suggest APP has operated flawlessly. Nor do we believe the company has done all it can.However, we find that APP has consistently applied its resources both to improve its own sustainabilityefforts and to create opportunity for communities around its Indonesian facilities.The following document expresses conclusions based on our field research, current science and our personal observations. APP has not shaped our conclusions or imposed its opinions.
Approximately 85 percent of APP's fibre supply comes from fast growing, high yield, renewable plantations like this one.