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Levi’s drops Asia Pulp & Paper due to its link to deforestation in Indonesia

January 18, 2012
"Levi’s forest products purchasing policy sends a clear message to Asia Pulp and Paper that if they want to do business with respected global companies, they must stop destroying rainforests,"
- Lafcadio Cortesi, Forest Campaign Director at RAN

Levi Strauss & Company became the latest firm to drop Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) as a supplier due to concerns over APP's continued clearing of rainforests in Sumatra, reports the Rainforest Action Network, a green group in the midst of a campaign against APP.

According to a forest products purchasing policy [PDF] posted on its web site last month, Levi's will "not knowingly purchase wood and paper products from endangered forests and other highly controversial sources such as high-risk regions for illegal logging." The clothing-maker will reduce consumption of forest resources by using recycled material, reducing packaging, and giving preference to products certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), a multi-stakeholder initiative that aims to improve the environmental performance of the forestry sector.

"This will provide the most credible means of sourcing products from forests independently verified as being environmentally and socially well-managed," Levi Strauss & Co. said in a statement. "FSC labeled products also carry assurances of chain-of-custody transparency and minimize risks relating to many controversial sources."

Levi Strauss & Co. also said it would favor paper products processed without chlorine to reduce pollution, and would develop a training program for employees on forest stewardship and environmental sustainability.

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