In this week's edition of Inside RGE, we feature the employees whose photos adorn July to September in our 2017 desktop calendar. These winners have so aptly and lovingly captured 5Cs business philosophy espoused by RGE Founder & Chairman Sukanto Tanoto — Good for Community, Country, Climate, Customer, and Company — in last year’s contest that saw over 500 entries from RGE’s global workforce.
All three photos were taken by proud Asian Agri employees such as Willam, whose winning entry beautifully captured plantation workers tending to high-yield Topaz seeds. Through the use of cutting-edge technology, Asian Agri has managed to ensure greater sustainability in their practices, which also include a strict no-burn policy and investment in R&D to cultivate the most productive oil palms.
Editors note: This post is a guest blog, crafted by Ong Kok Chung. Kok Chung is a 21 year old advocate for the environment, who most recently helped to organise the Global Compact Network Singapore Youth Forum. He is awaiting to enter the National University of Singapore.
As part of the follow up of the Global Compact Network Singapore (GCNS) Youth Forum, I was very excited to have the chance to visit APRIL’s site, to learn more about the paper production processes of one of the world's largest paper producer. Our trip was really a learning journey that exposed us to different parts of the whole paper production process, and also showed us how APRIL actually gives back to the Indonesian community in the rural areas and provide welfare for the community that lives with Pangkalan Kerinci.
Few words exist that strike as much distress in our hearts as the word cancer. In Asia, the fight is made even more difficult with the prevalence of cancers specific to the region. Unfortunately, the preponderance of such cancers to Asian populations has led to a lack of information in mainstream medical literature, most of which are still Western-centric. However, one Singaporean doctor is looking to change all that, with the help of Tanoto Foundation.
Fighting Cancer through Research
Associate Professor Lim Soon Thye is the most recent recipient of a Tanoto Foundation Professorship. Currently Senior Consultant and Head of the Division of Medical Oncology at National Cancer Centre Singapore and Assistant Dean at Duke-NUS Medical School, Assoc. Prof Lim was conferred the Tanoto Foundation Professorship for Medical Oncology in 2016. This award will boost his research in cancer, and specifically, Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.
RGE 50 celebrations kicked off with a three-day celebration in Medan, Indonesia. It was in Medan where a young Sukanto Tanoto started his entrepreneurial journey under difficult family circumstances. Five decades later, RGE manages a successful group of world-class resource-based companies with over US$18 billion in assets and 60,000 employees.
Reconnecting with the past, moving towards the future
Over three days, nearly 400 senior employees and their spouses from various business groups around the world participated in enrichment workshops, a uniquely Medan night festival and a gala dinner. New ties were forged and renewed with alumni and friends across the group. Through various activities, everyone reconnected with the group's past and future.
Editor's Note: The post is a guest Blog contributed by Marcus Chan. Marcus, who is 19 this year, most recently helped out at the Global Compact Network Singapore Youth Forum. He is currently a student at Ngee Ann Polytechnic, studying Clean Energy Management.
It was interesting, and impressive, to see how one man’s vision and will was able to transform part of Pangkalan Kerinci into a bustling town, one of the most developed township in the Riau province. The presence of APRIL Group and its subsidiary, Riau Andalan Pulp and Paper, has thoroughly benefitted the local community through the development of critical infrastructure such as schools, housing and healthcare. This truly embraces the founder, Mr. Sukanto Tanoto’s vision of “Good for Community, Good for the Country, Good for the Climate, and Good for the Company”.
APRIL —one of Indonesia’s largest pulp and paper companies – is renowned for its cutting-edge mills that have an annual production capacity of 2.8 million tonnes for pulp and 1.15 million tonnes for paper, but the company is also widely admired for its holistic community-centric initiatives. That APRIL has managed to juggle between its obligations to both the shareholders and stakeholders is a modern-day miracle in itself.
Having a solid track record in conservation and restoration, a total of 250,000 trees have been conserved under its Restorasi Ekosistem Programme (RER). APRIL has also been at the forefront in the management of forest fires, with its revolutionary work; with the Fire-Free Village Programme and Fire-Free Alliance having received recognition by both the public and private sectors.
Editor's Note: This post is a guest blog, contributed by Rachel Ann Kenyon. Rachel is a 20 year old, who most recently helped out with the GCNS Youth Forum. Rachel is currently a second year student at Singapore University of Social Sciences.
On a breezy Monday morning, a small team of Global Compact Network Singapore (GCNS) volunteers had took a 40-minute flight to the Indonesian island of Riau to visit Pangkalan Kerinci to learn more about the sustainability efforts of APRIL and how companies could help to build and empower the local community. Fresh out of the recent GCNS Youth Forum that had professionals in the field of corporate sustainability sharing how youths could be empowered to effect a change within their companies, some of the participants were presented the prized opportunity to visit one of the leading firms in sustainable operations.
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