Letter of support from Greenpeace to Zhejiang Hotels Association

Press release - 2004-12-03
Greenpeace shows admiration and support to Zhejiang Hotels Association, for it sent out to the member hotels the sponsorship of rejecting APP’s products on Nov. 18th.

Greenpeace shows admiration and support to Zhejiang Hotels Association, for it sent out to the member hotels the sponsorship of rejecting APP's products on Nov. 18th.

On Nov. 16th, Greenpeace publicized "Report on Investigation of Sinar Mas Group APP's Enclosing Land and Destroying Forests in Yunnan". On Nov. 18th, Zhejiang Hotels Association sent out to its member hotels sponsorship: firmly reject paper products as well as by-products from Sinar Mas Group APP, which would be one of the requests for setting up and assessing green hotels. The movement would not stop until APP Chinese cooperation makes out effective promises for environmental protection.

However, what makes us dumb-founded is that Sinar Mas Group APP did not have immediate self-examination for its destroying environment, but rather initiated action at law to bring a false charge against you that the sponsorship infringed Sinar Mas Paper and Sinar Mas Group's honorus on Nov. 30th. As we all know, the sponsorship is a legal request. In the world, many companies reject to purchase APP's products for its destroying environment, such as Ricoh, Office Depot and Metro. Greenpeace shows admiration and support to Zhejiang Hotels Association for its sponsorship that has high social sense of duty.

Greenpeace make announcement to the event as follows:

1. Those member hotels' action in active answer to the sponsorship of Zhejiang Hotels Association is responsible consuming action. It is worth admirations that the hotels participate in such work of environmental protection, being charged with social responsible and obligation. Greenpeace fully supports the sponsorship.

2. "Report on Investigation of Sinar Mas Group APP's Enclosing Land and Destroying Forests in Yunnan" published by Greenpeace is the results of field survey. Greenpeace has authentic evidence to prove the illegal behavior that Sinar Mas Group APP lumbered natural forests in Yunnan.

3. The No.9 judicial interpretation of case concerning the right of reputation from laws of the Supreme People's Court is "consumers' comments and criticism to quality of products or service of operators and should not be supposed as infringing others' honorus". So we can understand that it is not infringing others' honorus that Zhejiang Hotels Association and its member hotels choose products with commercial morality, taking environmental protection into account.

4. No.9 of Government's Stocking Rules of PRC has such prescript that "Government's stocking should help to realize the policy and goals of national economy and social development, including protecting environment". This indicates that the whole society has responsibility to take stocking action in favor to environmental protection.

Greenpeace appeals more and more enterprises to take on the responsibility environmental protection, to carry forward public morality, to protect forests in Yunnan and environment we live by. Greenpeace chides Sinar Mas Group APP's destroying forests, calling for APP China making out effective promises for environmental protection.

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