Staples dumps Asia Pulp & Paper over its destruction of virgin rainforests
Rhett Butler, mongabay.com
February 8, 2008
Calling APP a "great peril to our brand" for its alleged logging of wildlife-rich rainforests in Indonesia, Staples said it will now look to other suppliers for its branded photocopy and office paper. APP had accounted for roughly 9 percent of Staples-branded stock.
"We decided engagement was not possible anymore," Mark Buckley, vice president for environmental issues at Staples, told the Wall Street Journal. "We haven't seen any indication that APP has been making any positive strides" to protect the environment.
Earlier Staples said it hoped that engagement with APP would prompt the firm to change its sourcing policies.
Construction of new logging corridor through dense dry lowland forest in Bukit Tigapuluh, Riau © WWF Indonesia.
In recent months, logging in Indonesia has garnered worldwide attention due to its impact on global climate. Several studies published over the past year show that emissions from forest destruction in Indonesia have made the country the third largest emitter of greenhouse gases. Politicians are now scrambling to rein in deforestation in an effort to qualify for carbon credits that could be worth billions of dollars. Yesterday Irwandi Yusuf, governor of the province of Aceh, announced he would protect 1.9 million acres of forest in Ulu Masen in order to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 100 million tons over 30 years.
Tom Wright (2008). Green-Minded Staples Ends Ties With Asia Pulp & Paper. Wall Street Journal, Feb 7, 2008