Founded in 1973 by Sukanto Tanoto , RGE (Royal Golden Eagle) is a global group of independent manufacturing companies across various business sectors, employing 50 000 people worldwide, with assets estimated at exceeding US$ 15 million. Their core focus lies in pulp and paper and energy resource development, although the various groups in the RGE company manufacture and distribute a diversified range of products.
- APRIL & Asia Symbol – Pulp and Paper
- Asian Agri & Apical – Palm Oil Industry
- Bracell – Specialty Cellulose
- Sateri – Viscose Staple Fibre
- Pacific Oil & gas – Energy Resource Development
Each group within RGE operates independently and has its own holding company, which is overseen by an independent board of directors. A common denominator to all these groups is that they are all driven to practise sustainable developments and achieve energy and production efficiency in an environmentally friendly way.
Sukanto Tanoto implemented the business philosophy of the four C’s as the guideline for all the companies in the RGE group. This means all operations should be “good for the community, good for the country, good for the climate and good for the company.”
Although RGE promotes responsible forestry management which includes the protection of High Conservation Value Forests (HCVF) and low impact harvesting techniques, the APRIL group has had a lot of trouble in the past with environmental activists due to deforestation of Indonesian peatlands. In May 2013 APRIL announced that it would be sponsoring US$ 17 million to the RER (Restorasi Ekosistem Riau ) programme over the course of the next 10 years to help restore and preserve the important peat forests on the Kampar Peninsula.
RGE has manufacturing operations in Brazil, China and Indonesia, corporate offices in Singapore, Jakarta, Beijing and Nanjing, as well as sales offices world-wide, which you can view on the map below.