Nippon Paper: Protect Australia's Native Forests
The logging of native forests, which Nippon Paper has a direct stake in, is a major driver of the crisis facing Australia’s native forests, wildlife and communities affected by the recent catastrophic bushfires. Australia’s 2019-2020 bushfire season was of an unprecedented scale, burning 45 million acres, destroying over 3,500 homes and claiming the lives of 33 people and an estimated 1.25 billion animals.
In response to this emergency, Nippon Paper must publicly announce a rapid transition out of native forest into plantations and recycled fiber. Join the growing call to help protect Australia’s forests from logging and realize a just transition for workers by signing the letter below:
The Honourable Mr. Toru Nozawa,
President and Chief Executive Officer of Nippon Paper Industries,
Citizens across the world are extremely concerned about native forest logging, and its devastating environmental impacts on forests and wildlife. Due to the unprecedented and catastrophic fires in Australia, wildlife and forest ecosystems are under immense stress, and many animals have been pushed closer to extinction.
Reports by media, government agencies, state audits, citizen science, NGOs court cases and academics have all exposed Nippon’s subsidiary Australian Paper for receiving illegally harvested logs from its supplier VicForests. In May 2020, the Federal Court of Australia ruled that VicForests had breached state and federal law while logging Leadbeater’s Possum and Greater Glider habitat. As such, the presence of VicForests’ harvested wood from native forests within a Nippon Paper Group- owned entity’s supply chain is in breach of Nippon Paper Group’s Action Plan for Wood-based Raw Material Procurement.
The logging of Australia’s native forests, which Nippon Paper has a direct stake in, is a major drive of the crisis facing Australia’s native forests, wildlife and communities affected by catastrophic bushfires. In response to this emergency, Nippon Paper must publicly announce a rapid transition out of native forest into plantations and recycled fibre, and immediately remove any non Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Full Forest Management certified native forest wood and wood fibre from its supply chain in Australia and Japan, as part of this transition.
For Australia’s forests, wildlife and our future,