The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is an international non-profit, multi-stakeholder organization established in 1993 that promotes responsible management of the world's forests. It is It is an international certification and labeling system that guarantees that paper and wood products carrying the FSC label come from an environmentally and socially responsible source.
Andhra Paper Limited (Formerly known as International Paper APPM Limited) has been one of the pioneers in the shifting of focus from natural forest to Farm Forestry. It not only proved to be a catalyst in reduction of deforestation, thereby increasing the green cover overall, but it also worked as a boon in the life of farming community by providing them a strong, safe and stable alternate livelihood, especially in the areas predominated by barren and non-fertile soils. APL is highly thankful and grateful to all the stakeholders who have shown interest towards company's activities. It has also been one of the few stewards in the country to be awarded FSC® certificate in its own name. It acquired the coveted FSC FM certificate in 2014.
From 2nd Surveillance Audit Andhra Paper Limited(APL) has divided its plantation area into four zones instead of five zones. By the year 2017, FarmForestry initiative of APL spread to Visakhapatnam, Srikakulam, Vizianagaram, East Godavari, West Godavari, Khammam, Krishna, Guntur, Prakasam and Nellore districts of Andhra Pradesh/ Telangana State. Further districts may be added after due assessments of wood procurement potential and feasibility for the Mill, as and when the need is felt.The program provides a means of survival for the small farmers, and improves the socio-economic status of their communities. In return, APLattempts to source its raw materials in form of pulpwood in a sustainable and responsible forest management.
Earlier APL was focusing only on Casuarina spp. in its FSC FM certification. However, in 2016, before the 2nd Surveillance Audit, the company took a step forward and added Subabul and Eucalyptus spp. in the certificate.APLthencovered considerable areas of both Subabul and Eucalyptus to spread awareness and establish FSC FM principles and their benefits to the concerned farming communities.
In the year 2019, APL has distributed quality sapling of 400.5 lakh to farmer beneficiaries and thus aided in development of 4193.464 ha of pulpwood plantations.
The detail of these beneficiaries as follows.
|S. No||Zone Name||Species||No of Farmers||Total No of sapling Distributed (in Lakh Ha.)||Area Under Plantation (Ha.)|
Harvesting has already been undertaken in the plantations of year 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014, 2015 & 2016. For total of 11,89,474 MT of FSC-100% wood has been procured till 30th September, 2020.The continual increase in the percentage of FSC 100% wood over total procurement YoY shows the level of commitment by the team. The details are as follows:
|S. No||Year||Procurement (MT)||Percentage of total Procuring|
By the end of 2017, APL finalized and rolled out its long term fiber sustainability plan looking towards the volatile Indian market of pulpwood and the demand and supply imbalances and its consequence on the business. After rounds of discussions across different levels in the Organization, a few major way forwards have been decided and work began:
1. Bring in the entire annually required wood source within 150 km radius of the Company by extensive promotion.
2. 2. Intense focus on R&D (in-house and external agency tie up) for continually emerging superior clones and seed sources for the benefit of farmer and reduction in production, cultivation and harvesting expenditure.
Towards this vision, the action began already in 2018 and new generation clones have arrived and being produced in commercial scale.
The Company has a well-defined CSR strategy which is transparent and consistent. The activities are broadly placed under 3 sectors: Health & Wellness, Education and Community Engagement.
Under this sector two kinds of activities are carried out
i. strengthening the public health systems by supporting local government hospitals infrastructure and equipment needs
ii. providing safe drinking water to the communities living around the mills at Rajahmundry & Kadiam.
Education : Under this sector the major activities are
i. Support to government school students to perform better in academics and provide infrastructure and material support to government schools
ii. Scholarships to meritorious students in government high schools to encourage further studies
iii. Skilling of women and youth.
Community Engagement : Under this sector the major activities are
i. volunteering by employees
ii. creating awareness on important development related issues.
At Andhra Paper Limited, community relations and participation in development of communities is an important aspect for not just the CSR team but the entire leadership team. Caring for the communities is part of the DNA of the company and is a trait that flows top down.
The Company have CSR policy which is list of CSR projects are basically focus on Educations, promoting gender equality, sustainability, resource funding allocation, powers for approval, execution agency/partner & criterial for identifying the executing agency.
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All above information is true as per APL management. Stakeholders and general public can verify the above information at APLhead office as well in Zonal offices.
Ushnish Chattopadhyay (Group Manager)