Ensure Social Responsibility

  • Recognise, respect and protect human rights, and comply with and proactively develop fundamental employment and social standards and relevant international agreements for the protection of human rights.
  • Ensure free, prior and informed consent of local peoples and communities in the areas from which raw materials originate and where production takes place.
  • Recognise, respect and protect indigenous peoples’ and local communities’ legal and customary rights to control their traditional lands and protect their cultural identity.
  • Recognise, respect and protect local communities’ rights to a healthy environment, and rights to participation as a primary stakeholder in land-use planning.
  • Recognise, respect and protect workers’, including subcontractors’ workers’, rights to beneficial employment and a safe working environment.
  • Promote community-ownership, worker-ownership and the development of paper manufacturing facilities that are scaled appropriately for local communities, and a diversity of small- and medium-sized enterprises in the paper sector.
  • Respect and support local economies on the basis of a long-term social and environmental

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News and Resources related to Social Responsibility

Asia Pulp and Paper admits links to controversial suppliers, but still fails to be transparent

A coalition of Indonesian and international NGOs released a report today bringing to light that Asia Pulp and Paper (APP) has acknowledged links to controversial suppliers but continues to fail to be transparent. The Indonesian paper giant recently released a document...

Uruguayan and Finnish organisations issue statement against UPM’s plans for new pulp mill in Uruguay

Uruguayan and Finnish social and environmental organisations released a joint statement last week stating their opposition to the plans of the Finnish pulp and paper company UPM to build a new pulp mill in Uruguay (UPM also has an existing mill in Fray Bentos). This...

In the Red: Bank policies fail to ensure they will avoid irresponsible investment in the paper industry

A new assessment by the EPN of bank policies has been completed and published here:  http://environmentalpaper.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/In-the-Red.pdf  The assessment studied how ready the financial sector is to manage the environmental and social risks of...