EoF News -- Today, WWF-Indonesia together with Auriga, Forest Peoples Programme, Hutan Kita Institute, Jikalahari, KKI Warsi, Rainforest Action Network, Titian, WALHI Riau, WALHI Jambi, Wetlands International, and Woods& Wayside International published Evaluating the Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance Performance of Sinar Mas Group (SMG) and Royal Golden Eagle (RGE) Companies-Criteria and Indicators for Assessing and Verifying Performance.
As the background, FSC is considered by many NGOs and companies as the best certification system to verify environmentally and socially responsible management of forests. However, currently, FSC standards cannot be used as a tool to measure or verify the performance of Sinar Mas Group (SMG) and Royal Golden Eagle (RGE) companies, affiliates and global wood supply chain partners in their pulp and paper production because:
* SMG’s Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) was disassociated by FSC “because of substantial, publicly available information that APP was involved in destructive forestry practices, which brought it into conflict with the FSC mission in 2007”.
* RGE’s APRIL was disassociated by FSC for “large-scale deforestation activities in Indonesia and bringing negative social and environmental impacts to areas with high conservation values” in 2013.
In July 2017, FSC established a Stakeholder Working Group (SWG) to help develop the roadmap for APP. Many of the authors of this document are part of the SWG. Many of these groups have been monitoring SMG and RGE for almost two decades. They have developed this outcome based Performance Verification Framework because these companies are currently excluded from the FSC system, as the answered for buyers and other to assess and verify APP and APRIL independently, because we do realize re-association process of the two companies will take some years to be completed.