Paper products giant Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) will undertake a human rights audit across its Indonesian operations.
The move, which APP says is an acknowledgment of a recent United Nations call for the global protection of human rights by businesses, comes as APP intensifies its effort to improve its image abroad. APP, a brand for paper products manufactured by several subsidiaries in Indonesia, has been beset by criticism from environmental and human rights group over its development of timber plantations on the island of Sumatra. The complaints have cost APP a number of prominent customers.
“APP has committed itself to adopting this framework in assessing and addressing human rights policies throughout its operations,” Aida Greenbury, Managing Director at APP told mongabay.com (see Greenbury’s full responses at the bottom of the article). “Once the one year long audit is completed, APP is planning to share the summary of the audit along with the eight core principles to assess human rights policies and performance.”
The audit will be conducted by Mazars Indonesia, a subsidiary of Mazars, an auditing and consulting firm headquartered in France.