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1110, 2019

Asia Pulp & Paper and APRIL Groups continued in 2018 to source wood from controversial supplier owned by Djarum Group

The Koalisi Anti Mafia Hutan released a report today finding that Indonesia’s two largest pulp and paper producers – the Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) and Asia Pacific Resources International Limited (APRIL) groups — violated their zero-deforestation commitments in 2018 by taking wood from a controversial supplier owned by Djarum Group.

801, 2019

Shedding Light on Political Corruption in Indonesia’s Coal Mining Sector

Although Joko Widodo said publicly that “without proper management, Indonesia’s coal reserves will only last for the next 83 years” and “demand the responsible use of the resources”, his political actions and policies show no deviation from business-as-usual.113 The political corruption in coal mining is rampant, and its impact on people, the environment and the economy should worry all Indonesians. But there will be no significant change unless anti-fraud government agencies, such as KPK and the Ombudsman, watchdog NGOs, and the mass media work together to uncover and take action against corruption in the coal mining business. Several steps are needed to address political corruption in the coal mining business:

1508, 2018

APP and APRIL violate zero-deforestation policies with wood purchases from Djarum Group concessions in East Kalimantan

In recent years, global paper giants Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) and Asia Pacific Resources International Holdings Limited (APRIL) have made heavily publicized commitments to have “zero deforestation” and respect for human rights in their supply chains. Yet official wood utilization reports compiled by the Indonesian government show that in 2017 both companies purchased wood from PT Fajar Surya Swadaya, an East Kalimantan concession-holder, which has cleared nearly 20,000 hectares (ha) of natural forest since 2013. APP also purchased wood from PT Silva Rimba Lestari, another East Kalimantan forestry company which has cleared more than 12,000 ha of natural forest during the same period.

Working Paper
3005, 2018

Removing the corporate mask

In 2015, following Indonesia’s disastrous forest and peatland fires, Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) – Indonesia’s largest pulp and paper producer – denied owning or controlling two forest plantation companies in Sumatra that had experienced some of the worst burning. While acknowledging that PT Bumi Mekar Hijau and PT Sebangun Bumi Andalas Wood Industries are suppliers of wood fiber to the group’s pulp mills, APP claimed the companies are “independently owned and operated.” Yet a detailed analysis of those firms’ corporate registry documents show apparent close links with the Sinar Mas Group, APP’s parent conglomerate.

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To achieve our goals, we center our four on several crucial issues of Indonesian environment and natural resources. Currently we work in four major scopes: forestry, palm oil, climate and energy, and wildlife.

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ABOUT US

Auriga is an Indonesian non-governmental organization that engages in an effort to conserve Indonesian natural resources and the environment to improve the quality of life of humankind. To achieve our goals, we are constantly carrying out investigative research, encouraging policy changes for better natural resources and environmental governance, as well as doing advocacy through legal mechanisms. Our organization welcomes everybody from any place to work with us, particularly those who have the same ideas and visions as us.

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