Government Demands Paper Boycott Clarification from Disney
The Indonesian government, through its representative abroad, will ask for clarification from the Walt Disney Company after it announced that it will not use paper and fiber products linked to rainforest destruction, including from Indonesia.
“As this is a private company that issued the statement, we’ll invite them to explain the boycott by Disney,” Bayu Krisnamurthi, the Deputy Minister of Trade, said on Thursday, as quoted by Antara news agency.
Walt Disney Co., the world’s biggest publisher of children’s books, said on Thursday that it changed its purchasing policies to reduce paper use and avoid paper harvested from endangered forests.
Disney’s shift “will have a particularly important impact in Indonesia, the primary place where rainforests are still being cut down for pulp and paper,” Rebecca Tarbotton, executive director of the Rainforest Action Network, said recently as quoted by Reuters.
Bayu denied the accusation, claiming that the Indonesian government has always tried to ensure that its exported lumber and paper were environmentally sound products.
“We have [recently] issued [the] Trade Minister Regulation No 62/2012 on illegal logging export prohibition,” Bayu said. “We’re the only nation in the world that has issued such regulation.”
He claimed that Disney statement was baseless and accused the company of being unable to explain in detail how Indonesian paper could be categorized as environmentally unfriendly.
“They did not explain in detail, therefore we’re going to ask for clarification [on] why they [have decided to] boycott [Indonesian paper],” Bayu said.
According to data released by the Trade ministry, Indonesian exports of pulp and paper last year reached $5.8 billion. Bayu predicted that the value will grow by 5 to 8 percent this year.