Xerox: we no longer buy from Asia Pulp & Paper
Xerox made the announcement in response to a Greenpeace investigation that linked APP to illegal harvesting of ramin, a protected tree species.
"We do not currently source from AP&P, and there are no Xerox products in the marketplace coming from AP&P," wrote Karen Arena, vice president of global PR for Xerox, in a blog post. "While at one time AP&P was a Xerox supplier, our corporate direction has been to cease doing business with AP&P on a global basis."
"This direction was put in place years ago and is based on our stringent paper sourcing guidelines. We have since been working with our local operations in countries around the world to ensure that all paper suppliers for Xerox products must comply with our sustainability standards and that we're terminating relationships with suppliers like AP&P that do not meet our standards."
Greenpeace's report said that Xerox sourced product from APP's Indah Kiat mill in Sumatra for its Astro copy paper sold in Greece through mid-2011.
Xerox could not be reached for comment on the specific allegation within Greenpeace's report.
Environmentalists and scientists have criticized APP for its continued reliance on natural forests for pulp and paper production. The paper giant has missed three targets for phasing out rainforest fiber from its supply chain.