It’s a Green Day – Under Sukanto Tanoto, Asia Symbol celebrates world environment day

Sukanto Tanoto’s resource-manufacturing empire has proven time and again it can handle the balancing act between profits and sustainability. With over 18 billion dollars worth of assets and 60,000 employees, few companies are its equal. Sukanto Tanoto is the chairman of RGE, which manages some of the biggest names in the resource industry like APRIL, Sateri, and Pacific Oil and Gas. With 50 years of experience in the industry, it seems the experienced businessman has found the secret formula to maintaining a balance between the climate and the profits.

Creating good right from the start

Indeed, it is an idea so vital to Sukanto Tanoto’s success that he has it as part of his business philosophy. The 5Cs, ubiquitous throughout all his businesses, focus on creating good for the Community, Country, Climate, Customer, and Company. Sukanto Tanoto has made it an integral part of his operations, and made it the compass by which every decision is made. It is an arrangement that has created much good for his companies, with his companies now becoming lauded for their conservation and protection efforts.

It’s a Green Day – Under Sukanto Tanoto, Asia Symbol celebrates world environment day

Asia Symbol plays its part

Most recently, Asia Symbol employees took part in the 46th ‘World Environment Day’ held in ShanDong, Rizhao. The event, organised by multiple government agencies in the region, celebrated the environment through various activities. Most noticeably, the event presented awards to 15 Asia Symbol employees in the category for ‘Excellent Environmental Protection Volunteers in Dong Gang District in 2016’. Chairman of the Asia Symbol Volunteer Association, Zhou WenLong, was on hand to speak about the need to continue caring for the environment, and building a beautiful home.

 

 

Under Sukanto Tanoto’s Leadership, APRIL Continues Commitment to Education

Businessman and philanthropist Sukanto Tanoto, founder of RGE, its various business groups including APRIL and Sateri, and the Tanoto Foundation, has always emphasised the importance of creating shared value for the stakeholders. It is best encapsulated in his 4Cs philosophy – to create good for the community, country, climate, and company. It is this same philosophy that has been ingrained within the processes all his organisations; this stakeholder-centric view has allowed organisations led by Sukanto Tanoto to become the best in their fields. In a recent visit to APRIL’s facilities, 26 educators were left feeling thoroughly impressed by the impressive work being done within the company.

Educating the educators: APRIL at the forefront of industry practices

As part of a programme to introduce APRIL’s successful applications of plant nursery technology, the educators were brought on a visit to facilities including the RGE technology centre, the APRIL information centre, as well as the farms belonging to partners from the APRIL Community Development (CD) programme. The visit provided an insight into the processes, initiatives, and achievements of Sukanto Tanoto’s pulp and paper giant.

 

Under Sukanto Tanoto’s Leadership, APRIL Continues Commitment to Education

APRIL’s commitment to education and the community

Needless to say, the educators were left impressed. Een Kostini, a vocational school teacher who was impressed with the technology implemented by APRIL said, “In this industry visit programme, we see RAPP planting plants in accordance with the learning activities in school, then there is the technology we want to learn such as how to give water, maintenance and so on”. More than that, the educators were heartened by APRIL’s conservation work, with their efforts being described as ‘complete’, and ‘beneficial’.

The visit marked yet another example of APRIL’s commitment to improving education in the local communities, with educators given first-hand evidence on how theory was brought into practice. More importantly, these purveyors of knowledge were given a peace of mind that their young charges, some of them apprentices-to-be  at Sukanto Tanoto-led APRIL, would be in safe, and green hands.

 

Sukanto Tonato’s latest project is set to create 650 jobs in British Columbia

Woodfibre LNG is a company that needs little introduction having appeared in the news regularly of late. Forming part of Pacific Oil & Gas Ltd founded by Mr Sukanto Tanoto, Woodfibre LNG is a company that’s about to make a huge difference to the lives of many in its community by creating new jobs. 

Woodfibre LNG has been waiting quite some time to receive its approval and licensing for the project they are set to run in British Columbia. In fact, it’s the very first project of this size and caliber in this province. The license that Woodfibre LNG received authorizes the company to export just over 2 million tons of liquefied natural gas on an annual basis. This means that the local community benefits greatly in terms of economic development and job opportunities.

Woodfibre LNG’s project will open at least 650 jobs / positions while the operation is being established. Thereafter, it is estimated that the lifespan of the project will be around 25 years and will create a further 100 operational jobs. This means great things for the local community and just one more way in which Mr Sukanto Tonato is proving himself to be focused both on economic sustainability and the community.

Sukanto Tonato’s latest project is set to create 650 jobs in British Columbia
Sukanto Tonato’s latest project is set to create 650 jobs in British Columbia

This project which received the go-ahead at the start of November 2016 is set to improve the quality of life for many in the local area and is just one of many projects envisioned by Mr Sukanto Tonato, that is adding value to the economy. 

Sukanto Tanoto uses his business expertise to help others realize their potential

Tanoto Foundation Scholars with Mr Willie Sia from Tanoto
Tanoto Foundation Scholars with Mr Willie Sia from Tanoto Foundation

Many businesses experience financial success in their field, but it’s important for them to realize that they don’t get there alone. Once a company reaches the goals that it set for success and begins to grow, it shouldn’t forget those less fortunate. Such is the sentiment of a few highly successful business owners, including Mr Sukanto Tanoto.

Big business needs to get involved in the community

It’s no secret that Mr Sukanto Tanoto believes in enriching the lives of others by sharing his success to the extent of being involved in innumerable community projects and philanthropy. He is considered a highly successful entrepreneur in his own right and has shared many tips on how successful business men and women can and should give back when they attain their goals. Here are just two ways in which your business can be economically and socially responsible:

  • Get involved in sponsoring local events. The Tanoto Foundation is involved in many local environmental clean-up events, student educational events and more.
  • Scholarships. These are a great way to give back to the community and to also ensure the future of your community. Without student funding, skilled and talented youth will never realize their potential and bring economic relief to your community. Mr Tanoto bestows the Indonesian community with many scholarships, particularly for inventive students or those with an interest in paper production.

Keep up to date with community events and scholarships hosted and provided by Mr Sukanto Tanoto by visiting the Tanoto Foundation website regularly. Students are also invited to apply for the scholarship program offered by the foundation.

APRIL Group Launches an Unprecedented Campaign to Contain Forest Fires

Forest fires can be extremely damaging to the environment, as well as to the efforts of any company operating in the palm oil industry in Indonesia. These are precisely some of the major reasons why APRIL Group (Asia Pacific Resources International Holdings Ltd) has announced a “Fire Danger Period” between July the 1st and August the 31st 2015, as part of their comprehensive fire suppression plan.

Investing in Fire Management

Because forest fires can have a huge impact on plantation productivity, while affecting the environment negatively through the extension of smoke and haze, the reduction of soil nutrients and the increasing of soil erosion risks, APRIL has announced that the company will be completely committed toward preventing forest fires and illegal burning, while even avoiding the purchase of materials from those suppliers who condone unlawful burning.

The company has invested no less than $6 million to improve fire-fighting efforts in the area. This extensive investment is meant to support the suppression and prevention of forest fires, while also improving the focus on preventive education, so that local communities can learn more about the prevention process and the dangers of illegal burning.

APRIL’s Fire Management Plan

The fire management plan implemented by APRIL is a manifold effort for raising awareness regarding the reasons why forest fires need to be prevented, as well as the actions and training procedures necessary for adequate prevention.

Specialists are to work closely together with local villagers during the Fire Danger Period, implement new incentives and standards for engaging the community, and doubling their efforts and vigilance to spot and eliminate forest fires as soon as they occur.

As an additional initiative, APRIL has also implemented the “Fire Free Village, Fire Free Landscape” program geared to improve the local community’s knowledge and ability to respond in fire management situations.

With increased focus on village agricultural assistance, no burn village rewards, community awareness and air quality monitoring, APRIL is confident that the dangers and risks of uncontrolled fires can effectively be avoided.

APRIL’s Corporate Social Responsibility – In Line with Sukanto Tanoto’s RGE Group

With APRIL Group’s new initiative in halting all harvesting of natural forests for its endeavors in the pulp and paper industry in Indonesia, the company has once again drawn attention to its environmental and its corporate social responsibility.

Operating in line with the philosophy of the RGE Group (of which APRIL is a part of) set in place by Chairman Sukanto Tanoto – doing work that is genuinely helpful for the company, the community and the country – APRIL shows that it is a company dedicated to continue its streak of positive accomplishments achieved in the past few years.

Understanding CSR

APRIL’s Kerinci mill is a good example of a remarkable achievement that has brought prosperity not only to the company, but also to the local community and to the country, by improving the local industry to a great extent. All this is fully in line with Sukanto Tanoto‘s philosophy, focusing on the famous 3 Cs, and has drawn significant attention to the small town of Kerinci which in 1993 was a tiny village with only 200 inhabitants.

The RGE member managed to turn the tides in favor of the Kerinci community, building on the infrastructure, creating new jobs and building remarkable new opportunities for the local inhabitants, forming an unbreakable bond between APRIL and the growing Kerinci community.

Today, APRIL’s vital understanding of corporate social responsibility has paid off for everyone involved. The company managed to expand, while improving the livelihood and income opportunities of locals who previously could only earn a living from fishing.

APRIL’s Impressive Achievements

Throughout the 23 years since APRIL has been operating in Kerinci, they have managed to – both directly and indirectly – create more than 90,000 jobs and help over 1,000 households in becoming community farmers. Among their other achievements are also the provision of start-up capital for 128 businesses and the delivery of more than 17,000 scholarships.

With remarkable dedication, APRIL Group has proven that they are definitely a part of the solution to Indonesia’s difficult current situation. Through their constant effort toward sustainability and responsible innovation, the country’s economic, industrial and environmental future seems to be in very good hands.

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PM.Haze Report Details APRIL’s Sustainability Efforts

In October 2014, the Singapore-based social activist group People’s Movement to Stop Haze (PM.Haze) toured facilities operated by April Group in Riau Province, Indonesia, as part of an investigation into APRIL’s environmental practices. PM.Haze’s report, issued in February 2015, detailed what members observed on the tour, as well as commendations and recommendations for further action on APRIL’s part.

APRIL has received criticism that it does not adequately control fires on its plantation lands. One of the divisions within the $15 billion RGE Group, the company produces wood pulp, paper, and forestry products on concession lands in Riau. Its paper mill in Kerinci, Riau, produces more than 7 percent of the total world pulp output.

In recent years, agricultural fires on village lands and within the concessions of several companies in Indonesia have generated haze conditions that have affected air quality in Singapore and Malaysia. Late in 2014, Indonesia became the final nation in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations to ratify the ASEAN Agreement on Transboundary Haze Pollution.

APRIL recently launched its APRIL Dialog website in order to respond to questions from the public in a direct and timely manner. The company practices a zero-burn policy and has accepted the creation of an independent Stakeholder Advisory Committee, which issues regular reports on its progress toward increased sustainability.

The PM.Haze report praised APRIL’s willingness to participate in discussion with interested non-governmental organizations and commended its corporate social responsibility programs that focus on improving quality of life for the people who live near its concessions. Among additional efforts, the group also praised the company’s APRIL Dialog project, its fire-management policies, and its commitment to preservation of the peat forest core on the Kampar Peninsula. RGE Group founder and CEO Sukanto Tanoto, among Indonesia’s most successful entrepreneurs and philanthropists, has conveyed his commitment to effective and long-lasting environmental protection policies and social responsibility programs.

PM.Haze also focused on ways in which APRIL could improve. These include publicizing concession maps of APRIL’s and its suppliers’ lands, and clearly indicating areas set aside for conservation and the benefit of communities. The group also advised APRIL to immediately begin to use 100 percent plantation fiber, and to assist its suppliers in engaging more constructively with the public.

In addition, PM.Haze noted that APRIL should continue to rely on stakeholder, researcher, and NGO input as it moves forward to take on a leading role as a model of sustainable practices in its industry.