With APRIL’s Support, Sialang Honey Farmers Taste Sweet Success

With APRIL’s Support, Sialang Honey Farmers Taste Sweet Success

Tall and slippery, Sialang trees (Koompassia excelsa) can grow up to 88 meters (289 ft) in height. Endemic to lowland tropical forests in Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Thailand, their slippery trunks attract giant honey bees (Apis dorsata) who hang their huge combs from the branches that tower over the forest canopy. While local farmers […]

Apical Releases Second Sustainability Report, Strengthens Partnerships with Suppliers and Stakeholders

Apical Releases Second Sustainability Report, Strengthens Partnerships with Suppliers and Stakeholders

Apical Group, one of Indonesia’s largest exporters of palm oil, released its 2017 Sustainability Report, highlighting its efforts to work with its network of stakeholders to innovate, develop collective understanding, harness synergies and accelerate progress. The company’s second sustainability report, written using the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Standards, demonstrates how its Anchor Programmes such as […]

[Guest Blog] Tanoto Foundation Scholars’ Project Sukacita: The Joy of Giving Back

[Guest Blog] Tanoto Foundation Scholars’ Project Sukacita: The Joy of Giving Back

Editor’s Note: This article is contributed by Fena, a Year 4 NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine student, Tanoto Scholar and third-time Project Sukacita participant. During my first Project Sukacita trip in 2016, I was the sole (and clueless!) Year 2 medical student who despite fumbling through my child developmental assessments, unexpectedly made new […]

Sateri Hosts its First Major Viscose Seminar for Textile Customers

Sateri Hosts its First Major Viscose Seminar for Textile Customers

On 2 and 3 August 2018, leading global viscose producer Sateri hosted customers, partners and other key stakeholders in a 2-day textile seminar in Jiujiang, China. With the theme “树造品质 携手共进  – Sustainable Viscose Industry – from plantation to fashion brands”, the seminar aimed to better integrate different players along the textile value chain and […]

FFVP’s 4th Anniversary: Engaged Communities, Fewer Fires

FFVP’s 4th Anniversary: Engaged Communities, Fewer Fires

On 26 July 2018, leading pulp and paper producer APRIL celebrated the fourth anniversary of its successful Fire-Free Village Programme (FFVP). An evolution of the Village Incentive Programme in 2014, the initiative seeks to engage communities as an on-the-ground approach to address the problem of fire and haze in Indonesia. The event was attended by various […]

[Guest Blog] Reflections on Tanoto Foundation Scholars’ Project Sukacita: Empowerment & Gratitude

[Guest Blog] Reflections on Tanoto Foundation Scholars’ Project Sukacita: Empowerment & Gratitude

Editor’s Note: This article is contributed by Desiree Tay, a Year 2 NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine student and a first-time Project Sukacita participant. When I first received the Tanoto Foundation Scholarship, I did not expect to find myself on a plane to Pangkalan Kerinci, Indonesia, some eight months later. As a new […]

Asia Symbol Releases 2015-2017 Sustainability Report, Continues Investments in Communities and the Environment

Asia Symbol Releases 2015-2017 Sustainability Report, Continues Investments in Communities and the Environment

Asia Symbol, a leading pulp & paper producer in China, has released its third sustainability report, covering the years 2015 to 2017. The report highlights milestones and achievements in the company’s continuing sustainability journey, including its continued investment in upgrading its state-of-the-art mill facilities as well as deepening its ties with surrounding communities. With operations […]

[Guest Blog] Tanoto Foundation Scholar from NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine Reflects on Project Sukacita 2018

[Guest Blog] Tanoto Foundation Scholar from NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine Reflects on Project Sukacita 2018

Editor’s Note: This article is contributed by Shannon Lee, a Year 3 Medical Student at the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine. A Tanoto Foundation scholar, Shannon served as the leader of the 42-man team of volunteers for Project Sukacita 2018. “Sukacita” – an Indonesian word which means “joy”, was started six years ago […]

16 Villages Renew Commitment to be Fire-Free, Continue FFVP Partnership with Asian Agri

16 Villages Renew Commitment to be Fire-Free, Continue FFVP Partnership with Asian Agri

As part of Asian Agri’s Fire-Free Village Programme (FFVP), 16 villages in Riau and Jambi, Indonesia have renewed their commitment to not use fire as a land management tool. Launched in 2016, FFVP aims to empower and encourage villages to adopt a zero tolerance to burning as an approach to clear land for agricultural and […]