Archive for the ‘APP’ Category

Aida Greenbury, managing director of sustainability at APP, July 2010: “There are no out of control expansion plans of our pulp production.”

RISI, February 2012: “We have been able to confirm with reliable sources that Asia Pulp and Paper (APP) is actively developing a large BHK market pulp mill to be located in south Sumatra. Details are not finalized, but the mill is expected to have a nominal capacity of between 1.5 and 2.0 million tonnes per year of BHK, making it the largest single pulp line in the world. APP has been doing extensive planting in the south Sumatra area for some years now, and there is a considerable amount of wood reaching maturity. It is not expected that there will be paper machines installed at the site. We believe that APP has been in discussions with equipment suppliers, but no further details are available. Startup for the mill is being targeted for 2015-16.”


In June 2011, Greenpeace launched a campaign aimed at getting Mattel, the company behind Barbie, to stop buying packaging material manufactured from rainforest destruction.

Mattel has now released a new paper policy that eliminates paper and packaging coming from controversial sources, including tiger habitat.


The Ken and Barbie campaign continues…

Greenpeace banner drop at Mattel’s head office:

Greenpeace press release:


As you must know by now, Greenpeace launched a Barbie campaign last week. APP, predictably, denies any wrong-doing, but then again, they always do. On APP’s corporate website with the Orwellian title “Rainforest Realities”, APP’s Aida Greenbury describes Greenpeace’s report which backs up the Barbie campaign as “unsubstantiated allegations”. Greenpeace’s report can be downloaded here.

Here’s the interview with Ken, where he learns about Barbie’s rainforest destruction habit:


A new report from Indonesian NGO Greenomics challenges APP’s statements about its “sustainable and environmentally conscious” operations.

Click on the image to download the report

The report, “Time for Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) to Come Clean to Stakeholders on its Indonesian Operations,” (pdf file 341.8 KB) is in response to an APP statement released on 1 August 2010, in which the company stated that:

“Since 1996, APP’s pulpwood suppliers have been developing degraded and low conservation-value areas, legally designated by the Government of Indonesia for pulpwood plantations to support the country’s sustainable development. Much of pulpwood suppliers’ concession areas are denuded wasteland and community-based forest plantations. APP would not accept its pulpwood suppliers to cut high conservation value forest as defined by the Government of Indonesia.”

In an open letter to APP stakeholders, Greenomics explains that it has has “examined the veracity of this ‘fact’ having regard to APP’s pulpwood sources, the clearing of natural forest, and the connection between these activities and climate change.”


Don’t buy APP paper!

Posted: 3 August 2010 in APP, Europe

In July 2010, a group of more than 35 European environmental and social organisations signed a letter to paper buyers in Europe informing them of the risks associated with Asia Pulp and Paper’s environmental record. The letter is attached (pdf file, 2 MB).

PHOTO: Greenpeace

To feed its pulp and paper mills, Sinar Mas has cleared huge swaths of rainforest and tiger habitat such as here in Riau, Sumatra (PT Artelindo Wiratama, 22 April 2010, © Greenpeace)


More on Asia Pulp and Paper’s destructive operations in Sumatra.

Indonesia: Sinar Mas pulp and paper plantations encroaching on forests and peatlands

WRM Bulletin 156, July 2010

Controlled by the Indonesian Widjaja family, the Sinar Mas group is one of the largest conglomerates in Indonesia engaged in clearing rainforests and destroying peatlands for their several bussinesses, including the pulp and paper industry through the Sinar Mas’ pulp and paper division, Asia Pulp and Paper (APP).


Greenpeace recently released a report documenting the destruction caused by the pulp and paper companies controlled by Sinar Mas, including Asia Pulp and Paper.


APRIL sacks workers

Posted: 6 January 2009 in APP, APRIL, Indonesia

APRIL is to lay off one thousand workers from its Kerinci pulp and paper mill in Riau province and will “temporarily” lay off another one thousand, according to RISI.

Reports are coming out of Sumatra that police acting under the orders of Arara Abadi set fire to villagers’ houses in Bangkalis, Riau province. The reports are posted, below, from the website of the Indonesian left-wing party, Papernas.