Asia Pulp and Paper

Founded in 1972, Asia Pulp and Paper (APP) is a pulp, paper, and packaging producer

headquartered in Jakarta, Indonesia. APP started with humble beginnings as a caustic soda

producer and has grown into a global business with operations across Indonesia and China. A

subsidiary of Sinar Mas Group, APP has an annual converting capacity of over 20 million tons

and markets its products in more than 150 countries across six continents.

As APP continues to grow, it is guided by a vision of a better future. APP’s quality paper

products contribute to education, health and hygiene, and business development globally and

are manufactured using the highest standards of sustainability. From sourcing to production,

APP’s global operations and supply chain work to ensure that all operations have a positive

impact on the social and economic welfare of the surrounding communities while meeting

shifting needs of customers.

APP’s mission is to deliver sustainably-sourced, ethical paper products to people around the

world. This is achieved through a commitment to responsible forest and peatland management,

market-leading sustainability policies, and people-first operations.

     Product innovation: APP’s Foopak Bio Natura packaging product line provides

     biodegradable and compostable paperboard for food packaging. Foopak is an award-

     winning food storage option that is FDA compliant and ISEGA certified for compostability

     within 12 weeks. 

     Commitment to natural resources: APP aims to protect and reinvigorate the world’s

     most precious natural resources by working closely with partners and stakeholders to

     develop effective programs and best practices.

     Improving lives: APP strives to advance the lives of local and indigenous communities

     through community empowerment programs  that deliver long-term and sustainable

     livelihood improvements.

Asia Pulp and Paper Company History

Eka Tjipta Widjaja founded APP in 1972  as a caustic soda producer. It’s first paper mill, Tjiwi

Kimia, started production in 1978. Located in Sidoarjo, Indonesia, Tjiwi Kimia is now one of the

world’s largest stationery manufacturers with an annual production capacity of over 1.2 million 

tons. The plant manufacturers essential items for schools and offices, including stationery,

notebooks, file folders, and more.

As the global demand for paper continues to grow, so too does APP’s operations. The quality

pulp, paper, and packaging products that APP produces are sustainably sourced and made

from post-consumer waste.


APP currently has ten pulp and paper mills located throughout Indonesia:

     Indah Kiat Perawang

     Pindo Deli Perawang

     Univenus Perawang

     Lontar Papyrus

     Indah Kiat Serang

     Indah Kiat Tangerang

     Pindo Deli Karawang

     Tjiwi Kimia

     Ekamas Fortuna


APP is committed to a people-first strategy that ensures the health and well-being of its

employees and the local communities in which it operates. It is a significant employer in the pulp

and paper industry, with more than 30,000 employees globally, in locations such as Indonesia,

China, India, and more. By investing in employees and local communities, APP is able to

protect and improve the lives of people who may not have otherwise had the opportunity for

growth and development.


Asia Pulp and Paper Sustainability Roadmap

Sustainability is a priority throughout APP’s production process. APP’s operations are growing

and changing to effect positive change by using responsibly sourced, renewable, and recycled

fiber, using high-efficiency mills, and more.

In order to document and track its sustainability achievements, APP launched a Sustainability

Roadmap in June 2012 and a Forest Conservation Policy in February 2013. These company

policies work together to improve environmental performance, biodiversity conservation,

and protection of community rights.


The Sustainability Roadmap includes 10 key focuses:

  1. Sustainable fiber sourcing
  2. Reforestation
  3. Conservation and biodiversity
  4. Protection of human rights and indigenous people
  5. Community empowerment
  6. Climate change
  7. Emissions reduction
  8. Water management
  9. Solid waste reduction
  10. Employee welfare

The Sustainability Roadmap has resulted in the following successes:

     54 percent of energy is generated from renewable fuels.

     APP reused, recycled or recovered over 487,802 tons (32 percent) of waste in 2018.

     Fiber sourcing is 100 percent sustainable plantation wood for pulp.

     Reduced carbon, energy, and water intensity

     All mills operate at least 10 percent below national limits for COD and BOD.

     41 percent reduction in solid waste to landfill, based on 2010 baseline.

     APP supports the protection and restoration of natural forest inside APP pulpwood suppliers’ concession and outside concession through landscape approach.

     Created dedicated conservation programs focused on “umbrella species” of Orangutan, Elephant, and Tiger conservation, with the support of NGOs and conservation specialists.

     Extended additional protection of indigenous people’s customary rights in the forest.

     Developed programs to benefit over 500 villages to increase the welfare of indigenous and local communities and maintain good relations. 


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