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The world's largest publisher of children's books, the Walt Disney Company, announced a new global policy banning the use of paper and fiber associated with rainforest destruction and human rights violations anywhere in the world.
“Due to the urgency of the deforestation issues in Indonesia, Disney is asking all its licensees, vendors and suppliers to avoid using paper or fiber from Indonesia that does not meet the Forest Stewardship Council’s Controlled Wood Standard until needed reforms to stop further clearance of natural rainforests are implemented,” the company said in its policy statement released this month.
Disney's new policy should impact nearly 25,000 factories in over 100 countries, including 10,000 factories in China alone.
"The paper policy is an example of how Disney conducts business in an environmentally and socially responsible way, and demonstrates the Company’s commitment to creating a lasting, positive impact on ecosystems and communities worldwide," said Dr. Beth Stevens, senior vice president, Disney Corporate Citizenship, Environment and Conservation.
The company worked with several environmental groups to craft a greener approach to printing.
"We commend Disney for adding its significant voice to the growing chorus of companies demonstrating that there’s no need to sacrifice endangered forests or animals for the paper we use every day. This policy will have a particularly important impact in Indonesia, the primary place where rainforests are still being cut down for pulp and paper," said Rebecca Tarbotton, executive director of Rainforest Action Network, which worked with Disney on the policy.
More on Destruction of Rainforest In Indonesia
This video shows the widescale destruction of rainforests in Sumatra in the past few years.