A Closer Look at the Restorasi Ekosistem Riau (RER) Project

A Closer Look at the Restorasi Ekosistem Riau (RER) Project

Heard of the RER (Restorasi Ekosistem Riau) project? It is a collaborative project aimed at restoring and conserving ecologically important peat forest areas in Indonesia’s Kampar Peninsula. Spanning 150,000 hectares, the area was previously either mostly deforested or degraded peatland. APRIL Group established the RER project in 2013 as multi-year commitment to protecting, assessing, restoring and […]

A Father’s Legacy: Yus Herman’s Journey

A Father’s Legacy: Yus Herman’s Journey

“My dad is a superhero,” declared Ms Dwi, 36, tears welling in her eyes and the rich baritone of her voice quivering as a lifetime of memories of her late father Mr Yus Herman in an instant came flooding back. Mr Yus Herman was born in Pekanbaru, the capital of Riau on the vast island […]

Kishore Mahbubani: Reflections on RGE

Kishore Mahbubani: Reflections on RGE

Kishore Mahbubani is Dean and Professor in the Practice of Public Policy of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore. He previously served for 33 years in Singapore’s diplomatic service and is recognised as an expert on Asian and world affairs. (More) In July 2016, RGE was honoured […]

Using Collaboration and Science for Conservation

Using Collaboration and Science for Conservation

The private sector can play an important role in conservation – that was the message Lucita Jasmin drove home at Conservation Asia 2016. APRIL Group’s Director of Sustainability & External Affairs joined 550 international delegates, comprising scientists, academics, students, industry leaders and policy-makers at the June 29 to July 2 conference at the Stephen Riady […]

Business & Climate Summit 2016: APRIL Fights Emissions on Multiple Fronts

Business & Climate Summit 2016: APRIL Fights Emissions on Multiple Fronts

RGE Vice-Chairman Bey Soo Khiang participated in a panel discussion at the Business & Climate Summit 2016 in London. Themed “Achieving climate-positive land use in agriculture & forestry – the role of business”, the June 28 session was organised by the Tropical Forest Alliance 2020. Moderated by Jim Leape (Consulting Professor, Stanford University), the panel focused […]

RGE Sustainability Framework – One Year On

RGE Sustainability Framework – One Year On

This time last year, RGE launched the RGE Forestry, Fibre, Pulp & Paper Sustainability Framework, under which RGE companies developed their respective sustainability policies. RGE’s Sustainability Framework Steered by RGE Chairman Sukanto Tanoto’s business philosophy of doing what is Good for Community, Good for Country, Good for Climate and Good for Company, the overarching Sustainability […]

Policy White Paper: APRIL’s Landscape Approach to Conserving Forested Areas

Policy White Paper: APRIL’s Landscape Approach to Conserving Forested Areas

Landscape Approach to Conserving Forested Areas APRIL Group contributed a chapter to the Policy White Paper “Efficient agriculture, stronger economies in ASEAN: Private sector perspectives for policy-makers“. The chapter was briefly discussed at last month’s Responsible Business Forum for Food and Agriculture 2016 in Jakarta. Please view the article below. Please also read APRIL Dialog for Director for Sustainability […]

APRIL Group lauded at Indonesia Green Awards

APRIL Group lauded at Indonesia Green Awards

APRIL Group received plaudits at the Indonesia Green Awards on May 21, 2016 for its commitment to the Restorasi Ekosistem Riau project and implementation of the Fire-Free Village Programme. Its Indonesia operations PT Riau Andalan Pulp and Paper (PT RAPP) received two awards for biodiversity development and fire prevention. Indonesia Green Awards 2016 Organised by The […]

Anderson Tanoto at Third Singapore Dialogue on Sustainable World Resources: Strengthening Partnerships and Fire Prevention

Anderson Tanoto at Third Singapore Dialogue on Sustainable World Resources: Strengthening Partnerships and Fire Prevention

RGE Director Anderson Tanoto spoke at a panel on sustainable land use at the April 15, 2016 Third Singapore Dialogue on Sustainable World Resources. He was joined by fellow panelists Head of Indonesia’s National Peat Restoration Body (Badan Restorasi Gambut) Nazir Foead and Vice President of Double A Thirawit Leetavorn. Singapore Institute of International Affairs […]