September 1, 2011
Fuji Xerox today announced a suspension of business with Asia Pacific Resources International Limited (APRIL).
Since APRIL's FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certification was suspended in April 2010, Fuji Xerox has been concerned with the lack of progress with regard APRIL's logging practices in Indonesia. Fuji Xerox has been encouraging APRIL to resume the FSC certification and we have been working with environmental non-governmental organizations (ENGOs) on the ground to monitor APRIL's progress.
As part of our ongoing transparency and commitment to sustainable practices, Fuji Xerox is developing a robust transition plan based on market-leading, enhanced environmental and product standards, to ensure all customers maintain required stock levels, and we will update the relevant ENGOs on our transition plan.
The transitional plan will be implemented in countries and regions where Fuji Xerox sources paper from APRIL. Australia has already commenced the plan, and it is envisaged that it takes nine to 12 months to fully complete the transition in the remaining countries/regions.
Fuji Xerox has a longstanding commitment to environmental sustainability. It has a robust approach to sustainable supply chain management, which includes Environmental, Health and Safety Requirements for Paper Procurement formulated in December 2004Note1. The objective is to prevent the depletion of resources from logging or destructive effects on ecosystems and the lifestyles of indigenous peoples resulting from the paper supply process. Fuji Xerox confirms and renews its suppliers, compliance with these requirements annually.
Fuji Xerox keeps urging paper companies including APRIL to achieve their accountability and pay the most attention to the voices of stakeholders including ENGOs. Further, it will closely work with ENGOs to build a scheme for sustainable forest management.