April Appoints KPMG to Audit Sustainable Forest Management

Asia Pacific Resources International Limited has pledged to support conservation areas that equal the size of its more than 450,000-hectare plantation area and set a deadline for harvesting mill wood exclusively from renewable plantations by 2019. (Photo courtessy of APRIL)

Jakarta. Indonesian pulp and paper manufacturer Asia Pacific Resources International Limited has appointed an independent auditor to assess the implementation of its sustainable forest management policy, the company said in a statement on Friday.

April, through its so-called stakeholder advisory committee, has appointed KPMG Performance Registrar Inc. to conduct specified auditing procedures in order to assess the implementation of its forest management policy.

The company, which controls one of the largest fiber, pulp and paper manufacturing facilities in the world, had been actively promoting its new forest sustainable policy in response to allegations by activists that the company contributed to deforestation in the area where it operates.

KPMG PRI is part of the KPMG International network of firms, a global provider of professional services including audit, tax and advisory.

“KPMG in Canada has provided forestry assurance services to the public and private sector across multiple jurisdictions for almost 20 years and currently maintains accredited subsidiaries that provide the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification and the Program for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC),” April said in the statement.

The stakeholder advisory committee, which April established in January, consists of five independent forest and social experts who track the company’s implementation of sustainable forest management policies. It also makes recommendations for improvements.

The company has pledged to support conservation areas that equal the size of its more than 450,000-hectare plantation area and set a deadline for harvesting mill wood exclusively from renewable plantations by 2019. April also made a commitment to build no new pulp mills until it achieves plantation fiber self-sufficiency.

With its 1,750-hectare manufacturing complex in Kerinci, April currently has a production capacity of 2.7 million tons of pulp and 800,000 tons of paper per year.