Certification is part of APRIL Group‘s commitment to continuous improvement and product and process assurance for stakeholders such as customers, bankers and governments. We currently hold a diverse portfolio of national and international certifications that provide end-to-end assurance; from the efficiency, quality and sustainability of our mill and plantation operations down to that of the end product.
In December 2014, APRIL Group was the first Indonesian forestry company to receive sustainable forest management certification under the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) in conjunction with its Indonesian partner, the Indonesian Forest Certification Co-Operation (IFCC). PEFC is the world’s leading forest certification system and a rigorous, globally recognised standard that works as a mechanism to verify and promote sustainable forest management and sustainably produced wood products. APRIL Group’s manufacturing operations received PEFC Chain-of-Custody certification in 2010 ensuring that all raw materials coming into the mill are from non-controversial sources. Together, SFM and Chain-of-Custody certification means APRIL Group is now PEFC certified end-to-end throughout its supply chain.
APRIL Group’s operations in Riau Province, Indonesia are certified under OHSAS 18001 (Safety Management Systems), ISO 9001 (Quality Management Systems), and ISO 14001 (Environment Management Systems).
Since 2006, RAPP, a member of APRIL Group, has been certified for Sustainable Plantation Forest Management (SPFM) under the Indonesian Ecolabel Institute’s (LEI) standards. In late 2011, RAPP was successfully re-certified under SPFM-LEI for the period of 2011-2016.
LEI has received increasing recognition in global markets including in Japan, where its standards are recognised in the Green Procurement Policy of Japan (Green Ko Nyuho) and is a requirement for Indonesian pulp and paper exporters to Japan. Various LEI-labeled products are also recognised in Europe and the US.
In October 2012, RAPP, a member of APRIL Group, successfully attained full Sustainable Production Forest Management and Timber Legality Verification (PHPL-SVLK) certification for all its manufacturing facilities and forestry operations.
PHPL-SVLK is the Indonesian Wood Legality Verification System, jointly developed and endorsed by the European Union (EU) through the Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) programme between EU and the Government of Indonesia. PHPL-SVLK standards were developed under the VPA to meet the EU’s Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) licensing requirements that went into force in March 2013. The system creates a rigorous chain-of-custody process designed to ensure the mills only receive and process timber from legal sources and that all products exported from the country are traceable to verifiable points of origin.
Since March 2013, all Indonesian timber companies exporting to Europe are required to hold PHPL-SVLK certification. Since December 2013, all Indonesian forestry and timber companies are required by the Indonesian government to attain PHPL-SVLK.