APRIL, or Asia Pacific Resources International Limited, is among the natural resources manufacturing, wood pulp, and fiber-producing companies that comprise the RGE Group headed by Indonesian businessman Sukanto Tanoto. Under Mr. Tanoto’s direction, APRIL has increasingly focused on environmentally responsible, sustainable forestry and land-use practices. In working to comply with all relevant government regulations, and with international industry best practices, APRIL strives to exhibit transparency through its day-to-day operations and as part of its long-term strategy.
Among the company’s recent efforts in this regard is the development of a website, APRIL Dialog. Through APRIL Dialog, the site aims to offer information about best forestry practices in general, and APRIL’s work in particular, to all interested stakeholders. The website also provides a means for communication with the public, who are invited to share their questions and concerns online. In addition, the site provides up-to-date information about haze and hazard conditions through a “fire tracker.” The highly useful feature offers maps showing the coordinates of current fires, as well as their causes and real-time firefighting operations.
On the site, APRIL staff have provided information on topics such as sustainable development in Indonesia, the true causes of deforestation in developing areas, and recent events in the field of forest management in the country. Taking a proactive approach, the APRIL Dialog website also offers a section addressing accusations leveled against the company by environmental groups and others concerned about over-development in Indonesia. APRIL believes that its emphasis on sustainable practices is borne out by the available evidence, even as it works to answer substantive concerns by stepping up its policies and procedures. APRIL welcomes assessments of its compliance levels and other practices.
Some articles posted on APRIL Dialog:
The website also offers information about the current actions of the Stakeholder Advisory Committee, which APRIL developed and welcomed on board as a means of providing an even more transparent look at its operations.