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APRIL Group joined representatives from the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) and the Indonesian Forest Certification Co-operation (IFCC) on June 8, 2015, in announcing it was awarded the first PEFC Sustainable Forest Management certification for an Indonesian forestry company. PEFC is the world’s leading forest certification system, and IFCC is its Indonesian partner. The company also has the honours of being the first in Indonesia to get the nod for the certification. With this latest development, APRIL Group now has 45% of its long-term wood supply PEFC-certified in Indonesia, along with over 300,000 hectares of its concession areas certified. Its manufacturing operations are already PEFC Chain-of-Custody certified. This means APRIL Group is now PEFC-certified end-to-end throughout its supply chain. (Read more)
PEFC certification: A welcomed achievement
The news of APRIL Group’s PEFC Sustainable Forest Management certification is welcomed by the industry. PEFC CEO and Secretary General Ben Gunneberg expressed happiness that a leading management company of forests in Indonesia such as APRIL Group has achieved certification based on stringent IFCC sustainable forest management standards:
The achievement of PEFC certification by APRIL Group acknowledges the progress the company and the country have made towards a sustainable future for Indonesian forestry – a future that recognises the interdependence of environmental, social and economic objectives.
IFCC Chairman Drajad Wibowo expressed optimism at positive impact APRIL Group’s achievement will bring:
Certification brings widespread benefits for the Indonesian forestry sector and the Indonesian export economy, it provides customers around the world with a trusted indicator that the Indonesia – sourced products they have purchased are grown and managed in a sustainable, responsible way.
The PEFC certification comes following APRIL Group’s Sustainable Forestry Management Policy (SFMP) 2.0 and is added to the existing national and international certifications and sustainability measures by the company that is committed to sustainability, elimination of deforestation from its supply chain, strengthening forest conservation and protection, all the while producing certified products.
Diligent work and strong progress
Managing Director APRIL Group’s Indonesia Operations Tony Wenas shared that the PEFC certification was the culmination of “much diligent work on the ground”, he added:
It reflects that we have made strong progress in sustainable management of our plantations. PEFC adds extra trust and assurance for our customers around the world that we are delivering sustainably produced forestry products. It is a positive step for the reputation of Indonesian forestry globally and means new markets and new customers for APRIL Group.
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