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By Ben McCabe
6 February 2014

APP now aims to make sustainability a key part of the company's ethos

Asia Pulp and Paper (APP) has released a report on the anniversary of its Forest Conservation Policy report, calling for further action on deforestation in Indonesia from businesses, governments and NGOs. APP hosted an event to mark the occasion and discuss the central issues and problems facing Indonesia with regards to sustainability; among the attendees were delegates from TFT, Greenpeace and Ekologika.

"It is time for all parties to get active and start working together," states Aida Greenbury, APP's managing director of sustainability and stakeholder engagement. "The days of campaigning against businesses that have shown commitment to change the way they operate, as we have, should be brought to a conclusion. Now is the time to focus on the future and to develop solutions to the complex issues associated with forestry in Indonesia and to promote responsible practise."

"One year in and we have a moratorium on forest clearance in all its suppliers that has proven to be effective," believes Scott Poynton, executive director of The Forest Trust, which is working with APP to implement its sustainable policies. "We understand that complete trust isn't built in a day – and not even in a single year – but the company is listening to concerns and is ready to continue to implement and improve its FCP implementation."

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