11 May '12, 11am

Lord Mandelson "Prince of Darkness" is advising APP - but what exactly is he doing for them?

Lord Mandelson "Prince of Darkness" is advising APP - but what exactly is he doing for them?

A Guardian investigation has revealed that Asia Pulp and Paper has contracted the former EU trade commissioner Lord Peter Mandelson (aka The Prince of Darkness) as an advisor. Mandelson has an impressive address book but, as this case shows, little regard for how those he advises make their money. Clearly issues around illegality and the fate of Indonesia's rainforests don’t concern this particular Labour peer. So what exactly is Mandelson doing for APP? Details remain sketchy, but it's connected to the partnership agreement between the EU and Indonesia to tackle illegal timber that will come into force soon. Under this agreement and connected measures, Indonesian producers - including in those in the Indonesian pulp and paper sector - will have to show that the timber going into those products comes from legal sources. And this is where things get interesting. APP has mad...

Full article: http://www.greenpeace.org.uk/blog/forests/why-has-app-hir...

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