Many forests have disappeared over recent decades to make place for the production of commodities like pulp & paper. This is particularly the case in Indonesia, once one of the richest and most diverse tropical natural forests in the world.
Since the early 2000s, WWF and other non-governmental organisations (NGOs) have been closely monitoring the impacts of deforestation caused by pulp and paper companies in Indonesia, in particular Sinar Mas Group/Asia Pulp & Paper (SMG/APP) and Royal Golden Eagle Group (RGE/APRIL) which have been found to be continuously involved in illegal logging practices, human rights violations and corruption for land expansion. These companies have been disassociated from the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) since 2015.
WWF engaged with the two company groups and their stakeholders including buyers and investors, following their pledge to stopping deforestation and addressing their legacy but the companies haven´t made any progress on their commitments to date. Among WWF´s key demands are to restore and conserve important forest and peat landscapes, and compensate local people who have been affected by their operations.
WWF believes that all companies in the supply chain should be responsible for their business and use their power to halt deforestation and forest degradation. WWF has been issuing recommendations and advisories to pulp and paper buyers and investors of APP/SMG and RGE/APRIL as well as to both companies APP and APRIL.
Together with other NGOs in Indonesia, WWF continues to monitor both companies and report on any further violations and increased deforestation activities.