This is the second of two Inside RGE posts covering RGE Founder and Chairman Sukanto Tanoto’s keynote address to a visiting group of MBA students from the Wharton School of...
2018 was a year marked by renewed purpose and continued progress across the RGE (Royal Golden Eagle) group of companies. In addition to new ventures and opportunities, there was an intensification of efforts in sustainable development across the RGE companies.
Asia Pacific Rayon (APR) was unveiled as the newest business group in RGE, and is poised to support the growth of Indonesia’s textile industry by supply renewable fibre.
APRIL’s flagship PaperOne celebrated its 20th anniversary and was a proud sponsor of the Indonesian national team at the 2018 Asian Games. APRIL also won an award for Best Sustainability the Community at the Sustainable Business Awards in Singapore. Its ecosystem restoration project Restorasi Ekosistem Riau – now into its fifth year – clinched a Special Recognition award for Flagship Initiative.
We’re proud to announce that @APRILpulp‘s Fire Free Village Progam was awarded Best Sustainability in the Community Award at #SBASingapore 2018. #Sustainable #Business #Awards #FFVP @SBAwards pic.twitter.com/CoROaBoot0
— APRIL Pulp and Paper (@APRILpulp) 27 July 2018
Asia Symbol was recognised as a regional centre for promoting environmental awareness and won an award for excellent corporate citizenship. Asia Symbol Guangdong was recognised as a top ten enterprise at the Guangdong Annual Economic Billboard Announcement Ceremony.
Apical acquired Kutai Refinery Nusantara in East Kalimantan, adding 1,500 metric tonnes per day of refinery capacity and 1,000 metric tonnes per day of biodiesel production. The company expanded in Pakistan with joint ventures with the Mujahid Group and MM Group of Companies. Along with Asian Agri, it was one of the founding members of SUSTAIN, an alliance to improve palm oil traceability using blockchain technology.
Asian Agri opened its 10th biogas power plant and reached a significant milestone when its smallholder partner the Mulus Rahayu cooperative successfully completed the first harvest of their new oil palms.
Sateri earned the distinction of becoming the first viscose producer in the world to earn the Oeko-Tex STeP & Made in Green Label for all its mills, in addition to being the first viscose producer to complete the updated Sustainable Apparel Coalition Higg Index assessment. Sateri was also a founding member of the Collaboration on Sustainable Development of Viscose, which drives sustainability and market transformation. It engaged over 80 brands, designers and mills through the I Love Viscose Studio and encouraged collaboration across the value chain.
Bracell acquired Lwarcel Celulose, adding 250,000 tonnes of specialty cellulose to its capacity. The company continues to support the community in Bahia, and the Private Natural Heritage Lontra was recognised as an outpost for the Atlantic Forest Biosphere Reserve.
Pacific Oil & Gas (PO&G) signed a memorandum of understanding with KunLun Energy to meet China’s growing demand for clean natural gas. Its subsidiary Woodfibre LNG signed an agreement with CNOOC Gas and Power Trading & Marketing Limited for the potential offtake of 750,000 metric tonnes of LNG annually for 13 years starting in 2023. The Squamish Nation Chiefs and Council approved an Impact Benefit Agreement with WoodFibre, which was a key condition of the Squamish Nation’s environmental certificate for the Woodfibre LNG Project.
Check out our RGE 2018 Highlights video below: