Three Asia Pulp and Paper Mills in Indonesia Earn SVLK Certification

July 24, 2012 (Press Release) - Asia Pulp & Paper Group’s (APP) announcement that its production mills are achieving SVLK certification under Indonesia’s new Wood Legality Verification System is a major stride in addressing the most stringent requirements for legality around the world, including those in the U.S. and E.U. Thus far, three APP mills have secured certifications, and the company’s remaining Indonesian mills anticipate securing certifications before year’s end.

“One of the growing desires from customers in the U.S. and around the world is verification that the products they source are legal and traceable,” said Ian Lifshitz, North American Director of Sustainability and Public Affairs for APP. “SVLK certifications provide chain of custody verification, administered by independent agencies and in line with government protocols, to ensure the products coming from APP mills are from legal and sustainable sources.”

SVLK certification addresses U.S. law through country-of-origin verification requirements mandated under a 2008 amendment to the Lacey Act, the conservation law designed, in part, to protect against import of illegal timber-based products. Similar expanded legality requirements are pending in the E.U. as the European Union Timber Regulation framework is expected to be implemented early next year. In April 2011, through a Voluntary Partnership Agreement between the European Union and Indonesia, SVLK became recognized as the credible system to guarantee the legality of timber from Indonesia.

Enacted in 2009 by the Indonesian government, the SVLK system creates a rigorous chain of custody process designed to ensure that mills only receive and process timber from legal sources and that all products exported from the country are traceable to verifiable points of origin. Certification is provided through the National Accreditation Committee (KAN) and independently monitored by the Forestry Independent Monitoring Network, which consists of civil society and forestry industry experts.

Lifshitz continued, “SVLK is being embraced by well respected governments leading the global effort to ensure legality and sustainability. In turn, we are working with our customers to help them better understand the evolving global landscape of certifications and how APP is working to meet the highest standards.”

APP’s SVLK certification audits are being conducted by an independent testing and assessment organization, PT TUV Rheinland Indonesia. The company is a member of TUV Rheinland Group headquartered in Cologne, Germany.

SOURCE: Asia Pulp & Paper Group