An independent company and member of Indonesia's Sinar Mas brand, APP is a major supplier of paper, pulp and packaging in Asia but been it has been regularly criticised over the years for its clearing of forests.
The Rainforest Action Network (RAN) recently urged HarperCollins, a division of News Corp, not to do business with APP after tests showed that some children's books were printed with rainforest fibre.
Teguh Ganda Wijaya, chairman of the APP Group, said in a statement the company was changing its ways in the interests of sustainability.
"This is a major commitment and investment from APP Group," Wijaya said. "We are doing this for the sustainability of our business and for the benefit of society."
Green groups welcomed the APP's plans but were cautious.
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