Asian company's commitment to protecting natural forests questioned

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Last Updated: Wed, 16 May 2012 20:05:00 +1000

Environmental organisation, Greenpeace is calling on the Asia Pulp and Paper logging company to require all of its suppliers to stop natural forest logging.

The company says it has suspended logging in all natural forest areas under its control, until their conservation values are assessed.

But Greenpeace says if Asia Pulp and Paper logging is committed to cleaning their supply chain of natural forest and peatland destruction it would be easy to insist immediate compliance from all of its suppliers.

It says the company's sister organisation Golden Agri Resources has managed to achieve this.

The Australian subsidiary of logging company Asia Pulp and Paper has welcomed the parent company's move to protect Indonesia's rainforest.

Solaris CEO Steve Nicholson has told Asia Pacific any high conservation forests will then be protected.

"This is a fantastic announcement on behalf of our affiliate APP who we depend on in our supply chain," he said.

"This is a very significant step toward safeguarding aspects of Indonesia's rainforests."

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