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APP says commitment to sustainability independently verified by Mazars

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APP says commitment to sustainability independently verified by Mazars

August 10, 2010 - 19:55
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JAKARTA, Indonesia, Aug. 11, 2010 (Press Release) -From its Jakarta headquarters, Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) announced today the completion of a verification report by Mazars, an international, independent organisation, specialising in audit and advisory services. Mazars' verification report is based on one of APP's recently published documents - ‘Getting the Facts Down on Paper' - which outlines APP Indonesia's commitment to sustainability. The now fully independently-verified APP report contains a series of important facts and figures proving beyond all doubt the company's commitment to the development of the pulp and paper industry in a sustainable and environmentally-conscious way. Mazars investigated the report based on: third-party and internal documentation from APP, gathered evidence relating to the contents of the document, and found them accurate, verifiable and supported by documentation and information provided by external parties.

"The independent verification of our report is a very important step forward. It demonstrates to the public - without question - APP's absolute commitment to transparency and sustainability," commented Aida Greenbury, Managing Director, Sustainability & Stakeholder Engagement, APP. She added: "‘Getting the Facts Down on Paper' refutes and rejects the fictitious and misleading accusations made by certain NGOs. The verification report by Mazars provides us and the public with hard evidence that APP is following a rigorously planned and implemented sustainability path."

Indonesian land-use laws for conservation, production forest, agriculture and other uses, explicitly state that regulations must balance economic growth, development, environmental use and social welfare. This is the sustainable balance determined by the Indonesian Government, which attempts to integrate economic, social, and environmental functions. ‘Getting the Facts Down on Paper,' and Mazars' verification report show that the support APP Indonesia provides in the areas of social and economic development and the environmental protection of various communities in Indonesia is very important to maintain this fragile balance.