APRIL (Asia Pacific Resources International Limited)
APRIL (Asia Pacific Resources International Limited) is a global leader in the growing and harvesting of trees and the production of forest products essential to everyday life – fiber, pulp and paper.
Sustainable forest management is at the heart of the company’s operations – with plantations in Indonesia and China that yield high-quality Acacia wood fiber each year. APRIL produces 200 million seedlings each year in climate-controlled nurseries, and plants around 500,000 new trees every day.
These trees supply the raw material for APRIL’s integrated pulp and paper mills in Indonesia’s and China. Combined, they can produce 3.3 million tons of pulp, 750,000 tons of paper and 170,000 tonnes of paperboard per annum.
Its flagship brand PaperOne™ is a range of premium quality office papers designed for the most demanding printing and copying tasks and sold in more than 60 countries.
APRIL was the first forestry firm in Indonesia to meet the high standards set by the Indonesian Ecolabeling Institute Criteria & Indicators for Sustainable Forest Plantation Management (PHTL). It continues to set environmental and sustainability benchmarks, and all of its plantations are certified ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001.
Since August 2009, APRIL has been working with Swedish Environmental Research Institute (IVL), to determine the carbon footprint of its plantation concessions and integrated mill operations in Sumatra in recent years. The Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI) framework is used. Early results of the footprint assessment show that across APRIL’s plantation landscape, millions of tonnes of CO2 emissions are avoided per annum. In the rapidly developing and changing landscape of rural Sumatra, a positive footprint remains critical, both for the people and the planet and for a sustainable future. APRIL is committed to ensuring that its industrial tree plantations and mill operations mitigate climate change – this is a long-term task
To help prevent deforestation through illegal logging, APRIL applies the Mosaic Plantation Concept (MPC). This involves developing deforested and degraded land into a mix of fast-growing fiber plantations and areas of natural forest. In the process, the company generates wealth, employment and other opportunities for local residents. APRIL also manages one of the largest privately-held conservation areas in Asia, covering some 250,000 hectares.
APRIL is a signatory to the UN Global Compact and is one of only two Asian members of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD). APRIL has also been a member of the Fire Management Actions Alliance coordinated by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of United Nations.