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Founded under the RGE Group in 1973, Singapore based producer APRIL Group owns pulp and

  • Parent company:
    RGE Group
  • Landbank (timber/pulp):
    478,938 hectares
  • Thomson Reuters ticker:
    Private company
  • Bloomberg ticker:
    Private company
  • Activities:
    Pulpwood production, pulp and paper production
  • Locations:
    Indonesia (Sumatra)
  • Headquarters:
    Singapore
  • Related companies:
    Sister company of Bracell and Asian Agri (SPOTT palm oil company)
  • Parent website:
  • Website:

Company assessment: APRIL Group – July 2018

SPOTT assesses companies against over 100 indicators across ten categories. Click on the icons or bars below to expand each category for further details, scoring and links to reports and sources.

Assessment date:

Total: 67% 70 / 104.5
  • Sustainability policy and leadership Sustainability policy and leadership 6 / 6 100%
    • Companies should publish sustainability policies or similar covering their entire supply chain — including third party suppliers — implemented and enforced through high-level leadership that engages with wider industry schemes.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      1. Sustainable forestry policy or commitment for all its operations?

      Sustainable Forest Management Policy 2.0

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      2. Sustainability policy or commitment applies to direct and third-party suppliers?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      3. High-level position of responsibility for sustainability?

      Sustainability Director

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      4. Sustainability report published within last two years?

      The company's latest sustainability report covers 2015/16

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      5. Member of multiple industry schemes or other external initiatives to improve forest management or transparency?

      Fire Free Alliance, TFA 2020, WBCSD, UNGC, PEFC

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      6. Activities with government, NGOs or academic institutions to improve the sustainability of forest products?

      Stakeholder Advisory Committee, Rainforest Alliance, Independent Peat Expert Working Group

  • Landbank, FMUs and mills Landbank, FMUs and mills 7.5 / 12 62.5%
    • Companies should publicly report figures on their total landbank and details of different areas under their management. They should also disclose maps of their forest management units and provide forest management plans, as well as details on supplier pulp and paper mills.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      7. Lists countries and operations?

      Indonesia (plantation, pulp and paper mill)

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      8. Total area of natural forest designated for wood/wood fibre production (ha)?

      This indicator is disabled as the company does not produce wood/wood fibre from natural forests

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      9. Total area of forest plantation (ha)?

      478,938 - 211,268 ha controlled by the APRIL subsidiary PT Riau Andalan Pulp & Paper. A further 255,169 ha is controlled by long term suppliers and 12,501 ha by community fibre plantations. Data as of June 2016

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

      10. Area of plantation/natural forest within outgrower schemes (ha)?

      45,600 - The company and its supply partners implement outgrower programs such as livelihood plantation or Tanaman Kehidupan (approximately 37,000 ha) and community tree farming (approximately 8,600 ha). Precise figures are not available

    • No
      0 / 1
      Source

      11. Unplanted (areas designated for future development as plantation forest) (ha)?

      0 - The company report that they completed the establishment of plantations in their concessions in 2014. This information is from an undated source and so it is not possible to determine whether this is presently the case

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      12. Conservation set-aside and/or HCV area (ha)?

      421,646 - PT. RAPP (87,940 ha), long-term suppliers (182,854 ha), ecosystem restoration (150,852 ha). Data as of June 2016

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      13. Area of Intact Forest Landscape (ha)?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      14. Number of Forest Management Units (FMUs)?

      12 - PT RAPP Teluk Meranti consists of two entities: PT RAPP Meranti East and PT RAPP Meranti West

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      15. Maps of forest management units (FMUs)?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      16. Forest management plans available for all FMUs?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      17. Monitoring of forest management plan implementation?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      18. Number of company owned pulp and paper mills?

      1 - Kerinci mill, Riau Province, central Sumatra

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      19. Maps or addresses of company owned pulp and paper mills?

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      20. Number of company owned sawmills?

      This indicator is disabled as the company has informed ZSL that it does not own sawmills

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      21. Maps or addresses of company owned sawmills?

      This indicator is disabled as the company has informed ZSL that it does not own sawmills

  • Deforestation and biodiversity Deforestation and biodiversity 9.5 / 13 73.1%
    • Companies should commit to address deforestation and to set aside areas for conservation. They should report on any activities to manage or restore habitat in their conservation areas, or monitor deforestation in their supply chains. They should also provide evidence of species conservation and biodiversity protection.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      22. Commitment to zero conversion of natural forest?

      The company and its suppliers commit to only develop areas that are not forested, as identified through independent peer-reviewed High Conservation Value (HCV) and High Carbon Stock (HCS) assessments

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      23. Zero conversion commitment applies to outgrower scheme and independent suppliers?

      The company and its suppliers commit to only develop areas that are not forested, as identified through independent peer-reviewed High Conservation Value (HCV) and High Carbon Stock (HCS) assessments

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      24. Commitment to minimise the impact of logging roads?

      This indicator is disabled as the company does not produce wood/wood fibre from natural forests

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      25. Commitment to protect forest areas from illegal activities?

      Fire teams patrol company concession areas, monitoring the landscape for fires as well as other unauthorised activities, including illegal logging

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

      26. Evidence of monitoring deforestation?

      The company has implemented a Land Cover Change (LCC) monitoring system which is based on analysis of Landsat imagery for changes in land cover across all fibre supply concessions. Further details of the monitoring methodology, including monitoring time-frames are not available

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      27. Amount of deforestation recorded?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      28. Commitment to biodiversity conservation?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      29. Commitment to set aside areas for conservation?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      30. Examples of habitat management and/or habitat restoration of set-aside areas?

      Restorasi Ekosistem Riau (RER) project focused on the comprehensive ecosystem restoration of ecologically important peat forest areas on the Kampar Peninsula

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      31. Implementing a landscape-level approach to biodiversity conservation?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      32. Commitment to protect species of conservation concern, referencing international or national system of species classification?

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      33. Commitment to sustainably manage the use of non-timber forest products (NTFPs)?

      This indicator is disabled as the company does not produce wood/wood fibre from natural forests

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      34. Commitment not to use genetically modified organisms?

    • No
      0 / 1
      Source

      35. Commitment to only use alien species where impacts can be controlled?

      The company uses Acacia mangium, Eucalyptus and Acacia crassicarpa. These species are not native to Indonesia

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      36. Examples of species conservation activities?

      Restorasi Ekosistem Riau (RER) project, Sumatran Elephant conservation project

  • HCV, HCS and impact assessments HCV, HCS and impact assessments 4.5 / 8 56.3%
    • Companies should commit to the High Conservation Value (HCV) and High Carbon Stock (HCS) approaches, and to conduct social and environmental impact assessments (SEIA). They should develop and publish monitoring and management plans, and provide evidence through SEIA, HCV and HCS assessments, typically published in summary form due to the sensitive nature of certain sites.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      37. Commitment to conduct High Conservation Value (HCV) assessments?

      The company will only develop areas that are not forested, as identified through independent peer-reviewed HCV and HCS assessments

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      38. HCV commitment applies to outgrower scheme and independent suppliers?

      The companies commitment to only develop areas that are not forested, as identified through independent peer-reviewed HCV and HCS assessments. This commitment is said to apply to all current and future wood suppliers as well as any future acquisitions or partnerships

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      39. Commitment to only use licensed High Conservation Value (HCV) assessors accredited by the HCV Resource Network's Assessor Licensing Scheme (ALS)?

      The company states that it will use licenced assessors from the HCV Resource Network (HCVRN). When such assessors are not available, the company will seek an assessor recommended by its Stakeholder Advisory Committee. This commitment also applies to the companies suppliers

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      40. High Conservation Value (HCV) assessments available?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      41. High Conservation Value (HCV) management and monitoring plans available?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      42. Commitment to the High Carbon Stock (HCS) Approach?

      The company and its suppliers will only develop areas that are not forested, as identified through independent peer-reviewed HCV and HCS assessments. The company will follow the HCS Approach as prescribed by the HCS Approach Steering Group

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      43. High Carbon Stock (HCS) assessments available?

      This indicator is disabled as the company has informed ZSL that it hasn't expanded its plantation area since April 2015

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

      44. Commitment to conduct social and environmental impact assessments (SEIAs)?

      The company states that forest plantation areas have undergone Environmental Impact Assessments. No reference to Social Impact Assessments could be identified

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      45. Social and environmental impact assessments (SEIAs) available?

  • Soils, fire and GHG emissions Soils, fire and GHG emissions 8.5 / 13 65.4%
    • Companies should commit to protect peatland and undertake best management practices for soils and peat, as well as commit to reduced impact logging. They should also have policies on zero burning and to reduce their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Companies should report their GHG emissions, as well as any fires that occurred in or around their estates, along with plans for managing and monitoring fires.

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

      46. Commitment to best management practices for soils and/or peat?

      The company has a commitment to best management practices for peat. No equivalent commitment could be identified for other soil types

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      47. Commitment to reduced impact logging?

      This indicator is disabled as the company does not produce wood/wood fibre from natural forests

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

      48. Commitment to no planting on peat of any depth?

      The company has a commitment not to develop forested peatlands, but this does not extend to non-forested peatlands. The company states that its Peat Expert Working Group will be used to provide inputs and recommendations on the development of non-forested peatland

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

      49. Commitment on peatland planting applies to outgrower scheme and independent suppliers?

      The company has a commitment not to develop forested peatlands that applies to all current and future wood suppliers, as well as any future acquisitions or partnerships. This commitment does not extend to non-forested peatlands

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      50. Landbank or planted area on peat (ha)?

      265,873 - Figure calculated by adding PT RAPP's (110,160 ha), community fibre plantations' (10,326 ha) and long-term suppliers' (145,386 ha) landbank on peat

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

      51. Evidence of best management practices for soils and/or peat?

      The company provides evidence of best management practices for peat (management of water levels) and has commissioned an Independent Peat Expert Working Group. No best management practices could be identified for other soils

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      52. Commitment to zero burning?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      53. Commitment to zero burning applies to outgrower scheme and independent suppliers?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      54. Evidence of management and monitoring fires?

      Community and education-based prevention initiatives; regular land, air and water patrols. Suppression capabilities include helicopters equipped with fire crews, water bombing, fire trucks, and airboats

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      55. Details/number of hotspots/fires in FMUs controlled by the company?

      246 - Seven instances of fire caused by third parties on PT. RAPP concessions and a total of 239 instances of fires caused by third parties on supply partner concessions. Data for period July 2016 to March 2017

    • No
      0 / 1
      Source

      56. Time-bound commitment to reduce GHG emissions intensity?

      The company states that it commits to continuous reduction of its carbon footprint. However, no specific target on GHG intensity could be identified

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

      57. Progress towards reducing GHG emission intensity?

      Mill tonnes of GHG / tonne of paper: 0.75 metric ton CO2eq/ton paper (2015); 0.99 metric ton CO2eq/ton paper (2016). The company has not set a target for reducing GHG intensity

    • No
      0 / 1
      Source

      58. Report GHG emissions from land use change?

      The company states that research is underway to establish land use emissions and sequestration associated with forestry operations

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      59. Methodology used to calculate GHG emissions?

      International Council of Forest and Paper Associations (ICFPA) and the National Council for Air and Stream Improvement (NCASI) methodology

  • Water, chemical and waste management Water, chemical and waste management 6.5 / 12 54.2%
    • Companies should commit to managing water use and water quality, providing evidence through time-bound reduction plans, policies on toxic chemical use, waste management and treatment of wastewater and mill effluents.

    • No
      0 / 1
      Source

      60. Time-bound commitment to improve water quality?

      The company has a commitment to address water quality impacts associated with its pulp and paper making processes. However, no specific targets relating to BOD or COD could be identified

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

      61. Progress towards commitment on water quality?

      COD Treated Waste Water: 6.8 m3/adt (2013), 8.3 (2014), 7.5 (2015), 5.45 (2016); BOD5 Treated Waste Water: 0.61 measured kg/adt (2013), 0.55 (2014), 0.60 (2015), 0.70 (2016)

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

      62. Protection of natural waterways through buffer zones?

      Commitment covers the provision of buffer zones in conservation areas only

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      63. Evidence of treatment of pulp and paper mill effluent?

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      64. Evidence of sawmill run-off containment and wastewater treatment?

      This indicator is disabled as the company has informed ZSL that it does not own sawmills

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

      65. Time-bound commitment to improve water use?

      The company has a commitment to consume less water through mill usage than comparable operations. This commitment has no specific target and is not time-bound

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

      66. Progress towards commitment on water use?

      Water Consumption for Pulp and Paper: 32.7 m3/adt (2013), 29.6 (2014), 29.5 (2015), 27.3 (2016). No specific target has been set

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      67. mmitment to eliminate chlorine and chlorine compounds for bleaching?

    • n/a
      -
      No source

      68. Evidence of minimising or recycling solid waste produced during sawmilling processes?

      This indicator is disabled as the company has informed ZSL that it does not own sawmills

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

      69. Commitment to minimise the use of chemicals, including pesticides and chemical fertilisers?

      The company commit to minimise or avoid the use of chemical pesticides and other hazardous materials through an IPM approach. No clear commitment to minimise the use of chemical fertilisers could be identified

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      70. No use of World Health Organisation (WHO) Class 1A and 1B pesticides?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      71. No use of chemicals listed under the Stockholm Convention and Rotterdam Convention?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      72. Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      73. Chemical usage per ha or list of chemicals used?

  • Community, land and labour rights Community, land and labour rights 16.5 / 19.5 84.6%
    • Companies should commit to respect human rights, including those of indigenous peoples and local communities, consulted with free, prior and informed consent (FPIC). Companies should respect the rights of workers, report relevant workforce data, and comply with health and safety legislation.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      74. Commitment to human rights, referencing the UN Declaration of Human Rights or UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      75. Commitment to human rights applies to outgrower scheme and independent suppliers?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      76. Commitment to respect indigenous and local communities' rights?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      77. Commitment to respect legal and customary property rights?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      78. Commitment to free, prior and informed consent (FPIC)?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      79. FPIC commitment applies to independent suppliers?

    • No
      0 / 1
      Source

      80. Details of free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) process available?

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

      81. Details of process for addressing land conflicts available?

      The company reports it has a process for the resolution of conflicts, but limited details are provided

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

      82. Commitment to mitigate impacts on food security?

      The company commits to support local livelihoods by providing agricultural training and materials, but food security is not specifically mentioned

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      83. Commitment to provide essential community services and facilities?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      84. Commitment to respect all workers' rights?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      85. Reference to Fundamental ILO Conventions?

      The company states that the ILO's Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work is respected

    • Yes
      0.5 / 0.5
      Source

      86. Total number of employees?

      5,966 - Direct employees (as of December 2016)

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      87. Percentage or number of temporary employees?

      11,214 (65.3%) - Contractors (as of December 2016)

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      88. Percentage or number of women employees?

      10.45% - Direct employment is 5,966 with 10.45% female employees (as of December 2016)

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

      89. Commitment to pay minimum wage?

      The company states that it complies with Indonesian labour law, which covers the minimum wage. No evidence of wages paid is provided

    • Partial
      0.5 / 1
      Source

      90. Commitment to address occupational health and safety, referencing the ILO Code of Practice on Safety and Health in Forestry Work?

      The company does not reference the ILO Code of Practice on Safety and Health in Forestry Work

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      91. Time lost due to work-based injuries?

      Injury Rate (employees & contractors): Fibre 0.31; Mill 1.54 (2016)

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      92. Number of fatalities as a result of work-based accidents?

      13 - The company report that 12 contractor workers in forestry and one contractor worker in mill operations lost their lives during the reporting period of 2015 to 2016. Seven deaths were also reported from APRIL's fibre supply partners (excludes market-based suppliers)

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      93. Provision of personal protective equipment and related training?

  • Certification standards Certification standards 2 / 10 20%
    • Companies should be certified by credible certification standards, or have time-bound commitments to achieve 100% certification of both forest management units and outgrower schemes. They should also commit to only sourcing certified wood/wood fibre and ensuring that their supply is verified as being in legal compliance.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      94. Percentage area (ha) verified as being in legal compliance by a third party?

      100% - Sustainable Production Forest Management and Timber Legality Verification (PHPL-SVLK)

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      95. Percentage wood/wood fibre supply verified as being in legal compliance by a third party?

      100% - SVLK, PEFC (as of June 2016)

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      96. Time-bound plan for achieving 100% FSC FM certification of FMUs?

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      97. Commitment to source only wood/wood fibre that meets FSC Controlled Wood requirements?

    • No
      0 / 2
      No source

      98. Percentage area (ha) FSC FM certified?

    • No
      0 / 2
      Source

      99. Percentage of wood/wood fibre supply from outgrower scheme and/or independent suppliers that is FSC FM certified?

    • No
      0 / 2
      Source

      100. Percentage area (ha) PEFC certified?

      262,473 - IFCC (PEFC) report that PT RAPP has 262,473 ha certified as of November 2016. This figure exceeds the total landbank figure given by the company in June 2016, whilst reporting in the companies 2015-16 Sustainability Report provides only an approximate landbank area that includes supply partners (476,000 ha) As such, the percentage of the company's PEFC certified could not be calculated accurately using the available data

  • Smallholders and suppliers Smallholders and suppliers 4 / 5 80%
    • Companies should report details of any programmes or schemes to support both schemed and independent smallholders, as well as criteria to assess suppliers on compliance with company policies, and in what cases suppliers should be suspended or excluded due to non-compliance.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      101. Programme to support outgrower scheme smallholders?

      Livelihood farms, Community Fiber Farms. Providing training, seedlings, fertilizer, financing, technical support

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      102. Percentage of outgrower scheme smallholders involved in programme?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      103. Process used to prioritise, assess and/or engage suppliers on compliance with company's policy and/or legal requirements?

      The company's Policy for Association sets out the procedure used to assess and confirm the compliance of prospective suppliers

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      104. Suspension or exclusion criteria for suppliers?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      105. Percentage of suppliers assessed and/or engaged on compliance with company requirements?

      100%

  • Governance and grievances Governance and grievances 5 / 6 83.3%
    • Companies should operate in an ethical manner at all levels, providing accessible channels and clear procedures for both employees and external stakeholders to raise any grievance or complaint with the company, as well as allowing for whistleblowing.

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      106. Commitment to ethical conduct and prohibition of corruption?

      Guidelines include provisions for fair and non-discriminatory engagement with stakeholders, avoidance of conflicts of interest and intolerance of corrupt practices

    • No
      0 / 1
      No source

      107. Whistleblowing procedure?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      108. Own grievance or complaints system?

    • Yes
      1 / 1
      Source

      109. Grievance or complaints system is accessible to internal and external stakeholders?

    • Yes
      2 / 2
      Source

      110. Details of grievances disclosed?

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