APP has been working with other stakeholders to revamp our legality-traceability and chain-of-custody systems since 2003. Our systems are audited against national and international standards, both mandatory and voluntary. Auditing gap analysis is the basis for the continual improvement of our systems.
We were pleased when Indonesia’s new timber licensing system, the SVLK, was proposed for the Voluntary Partnership Agreement between Indonesia and the European Union and then enacted as a regulation in 2011 and 2012. SVLK sets a world-class standard for the Indonesian timber-based industry, and provides a reassurance to our global customers that Indonesian goods are produced legally and sustainably. APP was one of the most active players working to ensure that all industry associations supported the initiative. APP is planning to complete the SVLK audit of its operations in January 2013.
To support us in our work we are happy to welcome Global Counsel into our family of advisors. Their role is to help ensure that the new Voluntary Partnership Agreement on legal and sustainable timber trade between the European Union and Indonesia is a success and to assist in facilitating change and compliance with tough new EU rules and standards amongst APP’s many customers and stakeholders in Europe.
Benjamin Wegg-Prosser, Managing Partner for Global Counsel said: “As companies in emerging economies grow across the globe, meeting high European and American standards is one of their key challenges. We are pleased to be working with APP as they develop a fundamentally new approach to sustainability management and strive to meet tough new European and Indonesian timber trade rules. Our work in Jakarta has focused on encouraging all stakeholders to make a success of the new Indonesia-EU Voluntary Partnership Agreement on sustainable timber trade.”
In the medium-term, APP is working together with industry associations on a phased approach to SVLK implementation across the industry to ensure a successful transition to full compliance. This strategy will minimise trade and market disruption and assist (i) small to medium sized companies, (ii) companies operating in remote areas, and (iii) community based companies to be fully SVLK compliant.
Our objective is to work together with foreign countries to:
- Build and strengthen an efficient mechanism to eradicate illegal logging trade
- Ensure consistency of policy application
- Encourage national public procurement policies to prioritise legally verified products and to support the introduction of the same high standards across the private sector
- To communicate and promote SVLK to global stakeholders consistently as the highest standard to verify legality and as the foundation for the sustainable forest management certification scheme in Indonesia (PHPL)
Notes to editors:
- For more information about Global Counsel please go to www.global-counsel.co.uk
- For more information about APP please go to www.asiapulppaper.com