WWF has been engaging with SMG/APP, RGE/APRIL and their stakeholders, including their buyers and investors
, since the early 2000s. The goal of this engagement is to make their large-scale clearance of natural forests in Indonesia become something of the past, and get them properly address their deforestation legacies by reversing the negative impacts of their actions on people, biodiversity and the global climate. Restoring and conserving important forest and peat landscapes, and compensating affected people are some of the measures WWF is pushing forward to reverse those impacts.
After a long history of deforestation, APP and APRIL finally published “zero deforestation policies” in 2013 (Forest Conservation Policy)
and in 2015 (Sustainable Forest Management Policy 2.0
). APP additionally committed to conserve or restore 1 million hectares of forest
in Indonesia. However, with both companies having a common history of broken commitments
to halt deforestation, these new policies turned out to be another failure.
Progress with the implementation of these commitments has not been audited by credible independent bodies. NGOs have continued to report on SMG/APP and RGE/APRIL’s continued policy violations as well as the increasing likelihood of more deforestation activities committed by the companies.
WWF believes that FSC certification
is the best way to get independent and objective verification of a company’s performance on environmentally responsible, socially beneficial and economically viable management of forests. However, unfortunately the FSC standard cannot be used to verify the performance of SMG/APP and RGE/APRIL companies, affiliates and their wood suppliers because they remain among a very small number of the most controversial companies in the world FSC disassociated from according to its Policy for Association