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Asia Pacific Resources International (APRIL)
Status: Disassociated

FSC has started a constructive dialogue with APRIL and interested stakeholders in view of developing a roadmap towards ending the disassociation.

Complainants:Greenpeace, WWF-Indonesia, Rainforest Action Network

Filed: 13 May 2013

Defendant: Asia Pacific Resources International (APRIL)


Disassociated: August 2013

Countries: Indonesia

Allegations:

A complaint was field by Greenpeace, WWF-Indonesia and Rainforest Action Network to FSC in May 2013,accusing the company of being involved in large-scale deforestation activities in Indonesia and bringing negative social and environmental impacts to areas with high conservation values. FSC dissociated from APRIL in August 2013 after APRIL unilaterally decided to file a withdrawal of the certifications held by the group.


Current Status:

FSC and APRIL have agreed to enter a process with the view of developing a roadmap to end disassociation. In this process, FSC is involving all concerned parties, including Greenpeace, WWF-Indonesia and Rainforest Action Network, the NGO's that filed the original complaint, as well as other key stakeholders.

Timeline

Date Activity
June 2016 FSC continues dialogue with APRIL and complainant NGO's
February 2016 FSC analyzes the high level of commitment, policy and progress of APRIL’s SFMP and stakeholder engagement. FSC enters into a formal dialogue with APRIL based on the evaluation on the high level commitment, policy and progress of APRIL’s SFMP and stakeholder interaction.
September 2014 APRIL approaches FSC and expresses its willingness to comply with the FSC Policy for Association and work towards FSC certification. Informal dialogue begins.
August 2013 FSC disassociates from APRIL
June 2013 APRIL files a withdrawal of its (and its group's) FSC certifications
May 2013 FSC receives a joint complaint against APRIL from Greenpeace, WWF-Indonesia and Rainforest Action Network, denouncing on-going large-sclae deforestation activities by the company in Indonesia. The complaints made according to the company's purported violations of the FSC Policy for Association, FSC-POL-01-004 V2-0 EN, alleged that large-scale forest conversion to pulpwood plantations had brought negative social and environmental impacts to areas with high conservation values

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