Pulp Sourcing Policy

Sateri Sourcing Policy

(Updated May 2021)
Sateri is committed to sourcing sustainable dissolving wood pulp that supports sustainable forest management and the protection of ecologically and culturally important forests and rights of local communities, including indigenous groups. We strive to achieve this by working with suppliers, civil society organizations, governments and other stakeholders.

We pledge to source from suppliers who have commitments to no deforestation and no new development on peatland, support the protection of intact forest landscapes, and adopt industry recognized mechanisms such as the High Conservation Value (HCV) and High Carbon Stock Approach (HCSA) frameworks[1].

Sateri supports the production of cellulosic fibers and fabric from wood fiber that is not sourced from Ancient and Endangered (including intact) forest lands such as Indonesia’s tropical forest, the Russian and Canadian Boreal forest, Coastal temperate rainforests, the Amazon and forests of West Africa.

This Policy conforms to the Royal Golden Eagle (RGE) Group’s Forestry, Fibre, Pulp & Paper Sustainability Framework and supports the implementation of Sateri’s Vision 2030 goals. Sateri will fully implement the provisions of this Policy following these sourcing principles:
Sateri uses wood pulp that is:
  1. In compliant with applicable laws and regulations.
  2. Adapting global sustainable forest management standards, including a science-based approach to responsible peatland management, where applicable.
  3. Identifying, protecting and managing conservation areas within concessions, including the restoration of degraded forest areas designated for conservation and restoration.
  4. Recognizing and protection of the rights of indigenous peoples and local communities, including the principle of Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC).
  5. Respecting workers’ rights as defined by the International Labor Organization’s (ILO) Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work and national legislation.
  6. Establishing an open and consultative mechanism for grievance and dispute resolution.
  7. Committing to clean manufacturing of dissolving wood pulp, including time-bound targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and causes of pollution.
We also encourage our suppliers to:
  • Adopt a landscape approach to forest conservation that considers regional conservation concerns and the needs of multiple stakeholders. Where relevant, Sateri will support collaborative system solutions that advance landscape-level conservation management.
  • Achieve sustainable forest management certification, such as the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC), China Forest Certification Council (CFCC) and Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), as well as Chain of Custody certification.
In support of this Policy, Sateri will:
  1. Continue to work with relevant stakeholders to implement our commitments related to the protection of forests, peatlands, human and community rights.
  2. Enhance our existing supply chain tracing system to track the forest origin of all fiber used to manufacture the pulp we purchase.
  3. Improve our due diligence process which includes independent verification of suppliers who have been assessed as a potential high risk, and report verification findings in a regular and transparent manner.
We recognize that some suppliers may need time and guidance to implement the provisions of this sourcing policy. We will work with our suppliers to develop time-bound action plans to continuously improve and move towards full compliance. Sateri will cease business relationships with suppliers found to be in serious violation of this policy that do not take remedial action within an agreed reasonable time-frame.

Supporting Circularity

Sateri also seeks to promote circularity and resource efficiency, and will increase the proportion of dissolving pulp made from alternative feedstocks such as agricultural residues and recycled fiber in our sourcing.

[1] The commitment to protect identified HCV and HCS areas include ancient and endangered forests as defined by HCVs 1 (Species Diversity), 2 (Landscape Level Ecosystems) and 3 (Ecosystems and Habitats).