Wood Sourcing Policy

Asia Symbol is committed to sustainable development and actively contributes to responsible forest management. Through consistent and proactive demonstration of our sustainable business leadership, we aim to move the global wood & pulp supply chain towards sustainability.

Implementation

Asia Symbol’s Wood & Pulp Sourcing Policy is part of our commitment to fully implement the Royal Golden Eagle (RGE) Group’s Sustainability Framework[1] and supplements our Sustainability Policy. Relevant components of this guiding framework will be specifically implemented in our pulp, paper and paperboard manufacturing operations. The implementation and compliance also extends to Asia Symbol’s wood & pulp suppliers.

We commit to working with stakeholders and industry partners to develop, by mid June 2016, an implementation plan with time-bound targets.

Supplier Engagement

We will engage our suppliers and encourage them 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 will also encourage our suppliers to implement relevant national-level sustainable forest management practices as well as perform landscape level conservation of forests in areas identified to be of high conservation value.

Traceability, Transparency and Accountability

Asia Symbol will implement a supply chain tracing system to track the origin of the wood used for pulp manufacturing.

We will plan and implement a verification process conducted by independent third parties, and report our progress in a timely and transparent manner.

We are accountable for implementing our sourcing policy and will take necessary action against partners and suppliers who remain non-compliant with our Wood & Pulp Sourcing Policy. Actions may include ending business arrangements with non-compliant parties.

Responsible Sourcing

As a responsible sustainability-focused business, Asia Symbol avoids using wood & pulp which are:

  • • illegally harvested or traded;
  • • from forests of high conservation value (HCV), high carbon stock (HCS)[2];
  • • from ancient and endangered forests or 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.

 

Issued On: 8 December 2015

Last Update: 11 April 2016

 

[1] RGE Forestry, Fibre, Pulp and Paper Sustainability Framework outlines 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

[2] As HCS is a new concept, introduced primarily in Indonesia, Asia Symbol will use HCS criteria to assess the pulp suppliers from Indonesia.