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APP leads adoption of global sustainability reporting standards in Indonesia

Solo, 24 February 2018 – Asia Pulp & Paper (APP), part of Sinarmas, today received the Special Commendation for Early Adopted GRI Standards at the Sustainability Reporting Awards (SRA) in Solo, Indonesia. This is the fifth award that APP received from the SRA and recognizes APP as a trailblazer in the adoption of the newest GRI Standards for its sustainability reporting in the country.

Issued by the independent standards organization Global Reporting Initiative in early 2017 to replace the earlier version “G4 Guidelines”, the GRI Standards is the world’s first standardized sustainability reporting structure to be applied globally. The organization recommended early adoption of the latest GRI Standards, which otherwise would be officially effective from 1 July 2018. Heeding the call, APP had applied the latest standards in developing its 2016 Sustainability Report.

“We are encouraged to receive the special commendation at this year’s Sustainability Reporting Award for our use of the GRI Standards in our latest Sustainability Report,” said APP Sustainability Manager Sera Noviany. “APP’s early adoption of the most updated version of the standards is a reflection of our commitment to running a sustainable pulp and paper business with the highest standards in accountability and transparency.”

In the 2016 report that it published last year, APP shared the progress it had made in meeting its commitments, including the Forest Conservation Policy and the Sustainability Roadmap Vision 2020. The year marked the first full year of APP’s revised mill sustainability KPI approach, which led to improvements in energy use and carbon intensity, as well as the completion of APP’s Integrated Sustainable Forest Management Plans (ISFMPs) for all its pulpwood suppliers.

“Having a common language globally, such as the GRI Standards, allows companies and other stakeholders to discuss such progress as well as efforts that need to be done in a measurable and productive way,” said Noviany. “We are keen to share our experiences in implementing these global standards, and hope to see a wider adoption in Indonesia in the near future,” she said, adding that awarding events such as the SRA provide an important platform for industry players to meet and have this conversation.

Initiated by the National Center for Sustainability Reporting, the SRA recognizes companies that communicate their sustainability initiatives and progress through reporting mechanisms such as sustainability reports and corporate websites. It aims to support the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, a commitment that APP shares.

Previously, APP won the “Special Commendation for Best Practice” for its Forest Conservation Policy in the 2016 Sustainability Reporting Awards.

About Asia Pulp & Paper

Asia Pulp & Paper (APP), part of Sinarmas, is a trade name for a group of pulp and paper manufacturing companies in Indonesia and China. APP is responsible for delivering quality products to meet the growing global demand for tissue, packaging and paper, with an annual combined pulp, paper, packaging product and converting capacity of over 19 million tons per annum. On any given day, APP’s products find their way into the hands of consumers in various branded forms from all over the world.

Ensuring supply chain integrity and commitment to the Sustainable Roadmap Vision 2020 are crucial to APP’s operations. Learn more about APP’s path to operational excellence by reading our Sustainability Reports and Forest Conservation Policy at www.asiapulppaper.com.

About National Center for Sustainability Reporting

NCSR has been declared on June 23, 2005 by 5 (five) major independent organizations which are the Indonesian Management Accountants Institute (IAMI / prev. IAI-KAM), the Indonesian-Netherlands Association (INA), National Committee on Governance (KNKG), Forum for Corporate Governance in Indonesia (FCGI) and the Public Listed Companies Association (AEI).

NCSR intends to gather the potential of companies, organizations and professionals in Indonesia to become the locomotive of Sustainable Development which is based upon the 3 (three) main principles “Economy, Social and Environment”.

NCSR objective is to develop and use the potential of its members and organizations involved in Sustainable Development through the forming of Indonesian professionals to the need of the Nation and the World.

NCSR functions to developing standards and increase the quality of sustainability reporting, implementation of Good Corporate Governance, encouraging stakeholder trust, and as a catalyst for communication, consultation, coordination and other initiatives that is needed in Sustainability Management for the purpose of having a healthy, highly competing and sustainable business community in Indonesia.