03 February 2017

2017 Interim Assurance Report



This report provides information to APRIL Group’s independent Stakeholder Advisory Committee (SAC) on selected indicators of APRIL’s progress in implementing Sustainable Forest Management Policy 2.0 (SFMP 2.0) between July 1, 2016 and March 31, 2017. The report is an interim report to bridge the gap between KPMG's first full report on APRIL’s SFMP 2.0 implementation (issued December 2016) covering the period from June 3, 2015 to June 30, 2016) and the next proposed full report, which will cover the period from January 1, 2017 to December 31, 2017 and be completed in 2018.

30 November 2017

2016 Interim Assurance Report



As an interim initiative, in January 2016 a team from KPMG PRI carried out a specified auditing procedure on three key commitments made in SFMP 2.0 that relate to the phasing out of mixed hardwood fiber from APRIL’s supply chain:

  • Effective immediately, APRIL and its suppliers will only develop areas that are not forested, as identified through independent peer-reviewed High Conservation Value (HCV) and High Carbon Stock (HCS) assessments;
  • By 15 May 2015, APRIL and its suppliers halted all harvesting of mixed hardwoods. Mixed hardwoods harvested before 15 May 2015 will be utilized by APRIL’s mill before end December 2015 (Note: Under de minimis rule, small isolated areas within existing plantation concessions could be harvested only if they are not classified as HCV or HCS through the assessment process);
  • No new development by APRIL and its suppliers on forested peatland.