98 Firms Declare Products from Sustainable Sources

As of 23 October, 98 companies have signed the Singapore Environment Council’s (SEC) declaration form to indicate that their products are free of raw materials from haze-linked companies, including Indonesia’s largest pulp and paper firm - Asia Pulp and Paper (APP).

Two of the 98 companies even came forward voluntarily to sign the declaration.

The Ministry of Finance has also sent a memo to all government agencies advising them "not to procure paper brands associated with APP" while investigations are underway.

Last month, Singapore's National Environment Agency served APP a notice Under the Transboundary Haze Pollution Act to provide information on its subsidiaries and measures taken by its suppliers in Indonesia to put out fires in their concession lands.

Separately, Consumers International, a not-for-profit global consumers representative body based in Britain, has urged consumers to stop purchasing items produced by firms linked to haze.

The body, which has 240 member organisations including the Consumers Association of Singapore (CASE), said:  "Consumers should send a strong signal to the errant companies through their purchasing power and refuse to support companies which are contributing to this environmental disaster by their irresponsible practices."

Do you think these efforts are sufficient? What else can be done in the fight against haze?

Source: “More firms sign on to declare products free from APP link” (The Straits Times, 24 October 2015)


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