Wood and Pulp Sourcing Policy

Asia Symbol’s Wood and Pulp Sourcing Policy supplements Asia Symbol’s Sustainability Policy[1] and forms part of our commitment to fully implement the Royal Golden Eagle (RGE) group’s Forestry, Fibre, Pulp & Paper Sustainability Framework[2].Asia Symbol will fully implement the components of the Framework that are relevant to our manufacturing operation sand will request our wood and pulp suppliers to implement those components relevant to them.

Our Commitment

Asia Symbol actively contributes to responsible forest management and strives to move the global supply chain of wood and pulp towards sustainability and to protect ancient and endangered forests by working together with suppliers and other relevant stakeholders.

Asia Symbol avoids using wood chips and pulp that are:

  • • illegally harvested or traded
  • • from forests of high conservation value (HCV)[3], high carbon stock (HCS)[4], from ancient and endangered forests (such as Indonesia’s natural tropical forest, Canada’s Boreal Forest, Coastal Temperate Rainforests, the Amazon and West Africa)or from the habitats of endangered species
  • • from natural forests
  • • from genetically modified trees
  • • obtained in violation of the rights of indigenous peoples and communities to give or withhold their Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) to operate on lands where they hold legal, communal or customary rights
  • • obtained in violation of workers’ rights or any of the ILO’s Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work

 

Supplier Engagement

Asia Symbol encourages our wood chip and pulp suppliers to obtain Chain of Custody certifications such as Forest Stewardship Council (FSC®), Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC®) or Chinese Forest Certification (CFCC®).

We also encourage our suppliers to implement relevant national-level sustainable forest management practices, a no burn policy in their areas of operations, as well as perform landscape level conservation of forests in areas of particular conservation concern.

Asia Symbol has a preference for FSC-certified wood chips and pulp, and for suppliers who contribute to forest protection and responsible peatland management.

Asia Symbol requests that our suppliers respect the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and acknowledge indigenous and rural communities’ legal, customary or user rights to their territories, land and resources. To do so, we request that our suppliers acknowledge the right of indigenous peoples and rural communities to give or withhold their Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) before new tree plantations are developed, resolve complaints and conflicts and remediate human rights violations through a transparent and accountable grievance mechanism and mutually agreeable dispute resolution process.

Asia Symbol will re-evaluate and/or terminate the relationship with a supplier who cannot or will not meet the goals of this Wood and Pulp Sourcing Policy.

Traceability and Transparency

Asia Symbol will implement a supply chain tracing system to track the origin of the wood chips and pulp.

Asia Symbol will implement a verification process conducted by independent third parties and report our progress in a transparent manner.

Asia Symbol’s aim is to constantly improve implementation and responsible, sustainable production.

 

Issued on: 8 December, 2015

Last update: 28 September, 2017

 

[1] Asia Symbol Sustainability Policy http://www.asiasymbol.com/sustainability/sustainability-policy

[2] RGE Forestry, Fibre, Pulp and Paper Sustainability Frameworkoutlines our broader commitment to proactively support local communities, respect the rights of indigenous peoples and communities, responsible practices in our work places, conservation as part of our sustainable forestry business model, no deforestation, reduction of our carbon footprint and responsible peatland management. http://www.rgei.com/sustainability/sustainability-framework

[3] As defined by the FSC and High Conservation ValueResource Network (http://www.hcvnetwork.org/)/), High Conservation Value (HCV) areas contain particularly important conservation values including rare, threatened and endangered species and their habitat and areas with cultural or livelihood significance for local communities. The HCV approach is the process in which HCVs are identified, managed and monitored. https://www.hcvnetwork.org/about-hcvf/the-hcv-process-folder

[4] As HCS is a new concept, introduced primarily in Indonesia, Asia Symbol will use HCS criteria from the High Carbon Stock Approach toolkit(http://www.hcvnetwork.org/). These tools will ensure that Asia Symbol’s sourcing does not contribute forest loss according to the HCV Approach and to better assess pulp suppliers from Indonesia.