Sustainability Policy

Pulp Sourcing

Pulp Sourcing

APR is committed to sourcing sustainable plantation wood fibre, a key material used in viscose production.

APR’s pulp sourcing policy is in line with the RGE’s Sustainability Framework and with APRIL Group’s Sustainable Forest Management Policy 2.0, both released in 2015. This draft policy is effective from June 1, 2018 (final version will be finalized in October 2018 following stakeholder consultation) and requires our sourcing partners to comply with the following principles:

I. 100% sustainably sourced dissolving pulp
Sources from certified plantations, following internationally recognized certification standards such as PEFC, FSC or equivalent.
II. No deforestation, no new development on peat
Legally harvested
No conversion of high conservation value (HCV) and high carbon stock (HCS) areas. Active protection of all HCV and HCS identified areas*
No new development on peat
No burning and the promotion of fire prevention initiatives with communities
III. Protection of indigenous communities and workers, including contract workers
Respect the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, national laws and ratified international treaties on human rights
Respect the rights of indigenous peoples and communities to give or withhold their Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) to operate on lands where they hold legal, communal or customary rights prior to commencing any new operations
Adopt the International Labour Organization’s Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at work
Implement an open, consultative and timely grievance and conflict resolution mechanism
Apply zero tolerance of the use of violence
Promote gender equality and diversity inclusion
IV. Continuous improvement
Apply sustainable forest management practices based on global standards across all production and protection areas
Implementation of forest conservation and ecosystem restoration within landscapes associated with our sourcing
Commit to GHG emissions reduction targets
V. Transparency
Implement supply chain traceability to all sourcing mills and associated concessions

 

*APR’s commitment to not source fibre from ancient and endangered forests is covered by its commitments to protect identified HCV and HCS areas. The High Carbon Stock (HCS) Approach is a methodology developed by NGOs and industry to distinguish mainly tropical forest areas for protection from degraded lands with low carbon and biodiversity values that may be developed.

APR’s Pulp Sourcing Key Performance Indicators

100% Sustainably Sourced

100% Traceable