Pulp Sourcing Policy

Sateri’s Pulp Sourcing Policy outlines our commitment towards achieving a global supply chain of sustainable wood pulp.

Sateri contributes to responsible forest management and strives to move the global supply chain of wood pulp towards sustainability and the protection of ancient and endangered forests by working with suppliers, business partners, governments and other organisations and stakeholders.

Sateri supports the production of cellulosic fibres and fabrics from wood fibre that is not sourced from ancient and endangered forests such as Indonesia’s natural tropical forest, Canada’s Boreal Forest, Coastal Temperate Rainforests, the Amazon and West Africa. We will source our raw material only through suppliers that are transparent, traceable and in compliance with this policy. When necessary and in a timely manner, we will re-evaluate and/or terminate the relationship with a supplier who cannot or will not meet the goals of Sateri’s Pulp Sourcing Policy.

Sateri’s policy forms part of our commitment to fully implement the Royal Golden Eagle (RGE) group’s Forestry, Fibre, Pulp & Paper Sustainability Framework[1]. Sateri will fully implement the components of the Framework that are relevant to our viscose staple fibre manufacturing operations and will request our pulp suppliers to implement those components relevant to them.
Sateri avoids using wood pulp that is:
  • illegally harvested or traded
  • from forests of high conservation value (HCV), high carbon stock (HCS)[2], from ancient and endangered forests or from the habitats of endangered species
  • from natural forests
  • from the conversion or simplification of natural forests to plantations after June 2015[3][4][5]
  • from genetically modified trees
  • obtained in violation of the rights of indigenous peoples and communities to give or withhold their Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) to operate on lands where they hold legal, communal or customary rights
  • obtained in violation of workers’ rights or any of the ILO’s Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work
We encourage our pulp suppliers to obtain Chain of Custody certification.

As our customers increasingly demand certified products – such as Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) and Chinese Forest Certification (CFCC) – we engage with international and national forest certification bodies to encourage our pulp suppliers to achieve certification.

Sateri has a preference for FSC-certified pulp and is striving to increase the amount we use.

We also encourage our suppliers to implement the relevant national sustainable forest management practices and perform landscape level conservation of forests in areas of particular conservation concern. We have a preference for suppliers who contribute to forest protection and peatland management.

Sateri understands the environmental and economic value of alternative fibres such as agricultural residues and recycled fibres and is committed to working with partners to explore the possibilities for our business – which includes playing an active role in research and development, up to expanding to commercial-scale production when proven feasible.

We will support collaborative and visionary system solutions that protect remaining ancient and endangered forests in the Coastal Temperate Rainforests of Vancouver Island and Great Bear Rainforest, Canada’s Boreal Forests and Indonesia’s natural rainforests.

We will implement a supply chain tracing system to track the origin of the wood used to manufacture the pulp we purchase.

We will request that our suppliers respect the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and acknowledge indigenous and rural communities’ legal, customary or user rights to their territories, land and resources[6].

To do so, we request that our suppliers acknowledge the right of indigenous peoples and rural communities to give or withhold their Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) before new tree plantations are developed, resolve complaints and conflicts, and remediate prior human rights violations through a transparent and accountable grievance mechanism and mutually agreeable dispute resolution process.

Sateri will implement a verification process by independent third parties and report publicly on the findings in a regular and transparent manner. We commit to working with stakeholders and industry partners to develop and make available an implementation plan with time-bound targets that is shared transparently.

Sateri’s aim is to constantly improve implementation.

[Updated – March 22, 2017]

[1] RGE Forestry, Fibre, Pulp and Paper Sustainability Framework outlines our broader commitment to proactively support local communities, respect the rights of indigenous peoples and communities, responsible practices in our work places, conservation as part of our sustainable forestry business model, no deforestation, reduction of our carbon footprint and responsible peatland management. http://www.rgei.com/sustainability/sustainability-framework  [go back]

[2] The HCV approach is the process in which HCVs are identified, managed and monitored: https://www.hcvnetwork.org/about-hcvf/the-hcv-process-folder. As HCS is a new concept, introduced primarily in Indonesia, Sateri will use HCS criteria from the High Carbon Stock Approach toolkit (http://highcarbonstock.org/). These tools will ensure that Sateri’s sourcing does not contribute forest loss according to the HCV Approach and to better assess pulp suppliers from Indonesia.[go back]

[3] Sourcing from plantations converted after June 2015 could occur when HCS natural forests and HCV areas are identified, protected or maintained to ensure the HCS and HCVs continue to support inherent environmental services and biodiversity or when the plantations are certified to FSC standards by a credible third-party auditor. HCV and HCS areas will be identified and mapped by a credible third-party auditor and landscape conservation assessments and plans will be developed with credible experts and agreed with interested parties and then implemented. [go back]

[4] Consistent with RGE Sustainability Framework:http://www.rgei.com/files/rge-sustainability-framework.pdf[go back]

[5] For plantations converted between 1994 and June 2015, Sateri has a preference for suppliers who promote the restoration, protection and conservation of natural forests and who are committed to environmental compensation for past conversions of HCV areas.[go back]

[6] United Nations:http://www.un.org/en/universal-declaration-human-rights/index.html[go back]