"Zero tolerance for illegal wood" says APP policy. But a yearlong investigation by Greenpeace uncovered that APP is systematically violating Indonesia's laws which protect ramin, an internationally protected tree species under the CITES treaty. Ramin trees come from Indonesia's peat swamp forests which are also home to the endangered Sumatran tiger.
According to Greenpeace mapping analysis, since 2001, at least 180,000 hectares of peat swamp forest - an area twice the size of New York City have been cleared in concessions now controlled by APP. Is it any wonder there are only 400 Sumatran tigers left in the wild?
Numerous visits were made to APP's largest pulp mill in Indonesia over the course of last year. Hidden among other rainforest species waiting to be pulped were numerous illegal ramin logs. To prove these trees were ramin, samples were taken and sent to an independent expert lab in Germany. The lab confirmed that all of these samples were indeed ramin.
As well as finding APP in possession of illegal ramin, Greenpeace tracked where APP's pulp and paper is going and found a trail that leads to major global names such as Xerox, National Geographic and Danone. Greenpeace tested the fibres of many of these products, and found they contained rainforest fibre.
"Not only is APP undermining the rule of law in Indonesia it is also implicating some of its biggest customers in this rainforest scandal. The likes of Xerox and Danone must now follow in the footsteps of other major names like Mattel, Nestle and Adidas who have already suspended all purchases from APP". says Greenpeace.
In Jakarta, Greenpeace Indonesia will be handing the video footage to the Police and is urging the Ministry of Forestry and CITES authorities to immediately seize all illegal ramin in APP's operations and work together to end the trade in ramin from Indonesia's peat swamp forests.