Thursday, March 1, 2012

Asia Pulp and Paper is using illegal rainforest timber at their pulp mill

Ursula Burns, CEO of Xerox
Peter Oswald, CEO of Mondi Group
Dave Chambers, CEO of Progressive Enterprise
John Fahey, CEO National Geogrpahic USA
Emmanuel Faber, COO Danone


Dear sir or Madam,

I am writing today because of your connection to Asia Pulp and Paper (APP), a company that has been exposed time and again for its role in the destruction of Indonesia’s rainforests. For the last decade a wide range of campaign groups and others have highlighted the devastation that APP has caused in Sumatra and beyond – yet your company continues to use APP paper products.

Greenpeace’s latest investigations have exposed how APP pulp mills are riddled with ramin, an internationally protected species. The logging and trade in ramin is banned under Indonesian law.

Since 2001, at least 180,000 hectares of Sumatran peat swamp forests have been cleared in concessions now controlled by APP – an area twice the size of New York City. It’s in these sorts of forests that protected ramin trees grow and also where critically endangered Sumatran tigers can be found. With only 400 left in the wild it is crucial for their long term survival that APP stops pulping this tiger habitat.

Greenpeace’s investigation has also highlighted how your company is linked to this rainforest scandal.  Forensic fibre testing of your products by independent laboratories has found they contain rainforest fibre. Supply chain research has linked these products back to APP.

Now that this issue has been brought to your attention I am asking you to act, by immediately ceasing to use APP products and publicly committing to suspend contracts with APP until they agree to stop pulping Indonesia’s natural forests.

APP has already lost contracts with companies like Adidas, Mattel and Nestle for pulping Indonesia’s rainforests and until they stop relying on rainforest timber any company using their products is complicit in this destruction.

Please take the decision today to act on this information and distance your company from APP’s illegal rainforest scandal until they clean up their act.

Thanks for your consideration.

Farizal

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Ramin trees are an internationally protected species and come from Indonesia’s peat swamp forests, which are home to the endangered Sumatran tiger. Only 400 remain in the wild.


Act with us: tell these companies to stop doing business with APP until they clean up their act!
Read more here: http://www.greenpeace.org/international/en/campaigns/forests/asia-pacific/app/Tell-app/
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Asia Pulp and Paper (APP), one of the world's largest producers of pulp and paper, has been caught red-handed with an internationally protected species, ramin, at their main pulp mill in Indonesia.

This violates Indonesian laws governing the logging and trade in this protected species and shows that APP's public claim to have "zero tolerance for illegal timber" is yet more inaccurate greenwash.

Ramin grows in peatland swamp forests - which are also habitat for the endangered Sumatran tiger, only 400 remain in the wild. Inside forest concessions now controlled by APP areas of peatland swamp forest twice the size of New York City have been cleared since 2001 - when logging in ramin was officially banned.

The following major companies around the world are implicated in APP's illegal -timber scandal, because they are buying products from APP that contains rainforest fibre: Xerox, Walmart, Mondi, Countdown, Danone, Collins Debden, Acer, Barnes&Noble, Parragon, Constable & Robinson, and National Geographic. You can send an email to their CEOs right now, demanding the act on this information and stop using APP products.

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