How Sinar Mas Is Pulping the Planet

Publication date: 
6 July, 2010

Controlled by the Indonesian Widjaja family, the Sinar Mas group is one of the largest conglomerates in Indonesia engaged in clearing rainforests and destroying peatlands. The group also has significant interests in coal mining, amongst other sectors.

Sinar Mas’ pulp and paper division, Asia Pulp and Paper (APP), is Indonesia’s largest pulp and paper producer.

Despite repeated claims that APP is on a responsible "path towards sustainability" and will soon have no need to pulp Indonesian forests to meet its fibre requirements, Pulping the Planet reveals – from analysis of Indonesian Government and confidential Sinar Mas maps and data, as well as on-the-ground investigations – that APP continues to acquire and destroy rainforest and peatland to feed its two pulp mills in Sumatra.

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