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The Best Around: RGE Employees Capture the 5Cs in Their Winning Photos

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.

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[Guest Blog] More than a Dream: GCNS and Yale-NUS Visits Kerinci

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.

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RGE Celebrates 50 Years in Business

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.

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Fighting the Good Fight: Tanoto Foundation Boosts the Fight Against Cancer

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.

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[Guest Blog] More than a Dream: GCNS and Yale-NUS Visits Kerinci

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”.

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Sukanto Tanoto Website

Sukanto Tanoto is a visionary entrepreneur and philanthropist. He is the Founder and Chairman of Royal Golden Eagle (RGE), which manages a global group of companies in resources manufacturing. Tanoto is also the co-founder of Tanoto Foundation, a philanthropy that aims to improve lives by alleviating poverty.