APRIL’s Independent Peat Expert Working Group (IPEWG) Publishes Phase 1 Progress Report

APRIL’s Independent Peat Expert Working Group (IPEWG) Publishes Phase 1 Progress Report

The Independent Peat Expert Working Group (IPEWG), a working group of global peatland experts and scientists that leading pulp and paper producer APRIL established in January 2016, has published its Phase 1 Progress Report, detailing the accomplishments and challenges over the past two years of engaging with the company. Formed after the launch of APRIL’s Sustainable […]

Bracell Releases 2017 Sustainability Report, Demonstrates Commitment to Sustainable Operations and Community Engagement

Bracell Releases 2017 Sustainability Report, Demonstrates Commitment to Sustainable Operations and Community Engagement

Bracell, a global leading player of high quality rayon-grade and specialty-grade cellulose from plantation wood, has released its 2017 Sustainability Report. The report highlights several achievements in the company’s sustainability journey, including its continued investment in communities surrounding its area of operations in Bahia, Brazil. A significant milestone for the company was the release of […]

Tanoto Foundation Promotes Sustainability & CSR to Tsinghua University MBA Students

Tanoto Foundation Promotes Sustainability & CSR to Tsinghua University MBA Students

One hundred MBA students from the Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management in China attended the course “CSR Management: Challenges and Practices” from 26 to 27 May 2018. Sponsored by Tanoto Foundation, the elective module was organized by the university’s MBA centre and featured several speakers who emphasized the need for sustainability and the […]

Apical Increases Palm Oil Production Capacity with KRN Acquisition

Apical Increases Palm Oil Production Capacity with KRN Acquisition

Apical, one of Indonesia’s largest processors and exporters of palm oil and its derivatives such as food, oleo chemicals and biodiesel for domestic use and international export, has recently acquired Kutai Refinery Nusantara (KRN) in Kalimantan, Indonesia on 20 June 2018. A member of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) and a downstream palm […]

Second Generation Oil Palm Smallholders Continue to Grow and Succeed with Asian Agri

Second Generation Oil Palm Smallholders Continue to Grow and Succeed with Asian Agri

In the 1990s, Ekoyono’s parents decided to leave their hard life in Ciamis, West Java and opt instead for a new life as oil palm farmers in Pelalawan, Sumatra. His parents enlisted in the Indonesian Government’s Plasma Transmigration Programme (PIR-Trans), a programme that offered Indonesians from rural areas the opportunity to become oil palm farmers […]

Asia Symbol Recognised as Regional Centre for Promoting Environmental Awareness

Asia Symbol Recognised as Regional Centre for Promoting Environmental Awareness

Asia Symbol, a leading producer of pulp and paper established in China in 2005, was awarded the title of “Provincial Centre for Environmental Education” in recognition of its efforts to promote sustainability and environmental awareness to the surrounding community. Given during the celebration of World Environment Day on 5 June, the award was handed by […]

SAC Progress Report Highlights Achievements & Challenges in SFMP 2.0 Implementation

SAC Progress Report Highlights Achievements & Challenges in SFMP 2.0 Implementation

APRIL’s Stakeholder Advisory Committee (SAC) published its progress report, providing a retrospective of its engagement with one of the largest, most technologically advanced and efficient makers of pulp and paper products in the world. Meeting for the first time in January 2014, the SAC operates as an independent body tasked with overseeing the implementation of APRIL’s […]

RER Inaugural Annual Report Highlights Increased Biodiversity, Absent Fires and Engaged Communities

RER Inaugural Annual Report Highlights Increased Biodiversity, Absent Fires and Engaged Communities

Endangered species have returned. Fires have been absent for almost three years. Communities have been engaged and their members, given alternative livelihoods. These are several of the highlights in Riau Ecosystem Restoration’s (RER) first annual report, released in April 2018. Guided by its pioneering approach of a four-phase model of peatland forest protection, creation and […]

Tanoto Foundation Continues to Transform Education in Indonesia with Technology and Teacher Training

Tanoto Foundation Continues to Transform Education in Indonesia with Technology and Teacher Training

How do you transform the fourth largest education system in the world? With more than 50 million students, 2.6 million teachers, and 250,000 schools spread across an archipelago of more than 900 inhabited islands, Indonesia’s educational landscape is vast as it is complex. But with innovation and commitment, Tanoto Foundation continues to help transform the […]

LKYSPP Students’ APRIL Visit: Policies, Programmes & Communities

LKYSPP Students’ APRIL Visit: Policies, Programmes & Communities

On 20 March, ten students from the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (LKYSPP), National University of Singapore (NUS) visited APRIL’s operations in Pangkalan Kerinci, Riau Province, Indonesia. The trip was part of the students’ class on “Moral Reasoning & the Policy Process”, a module on the challenges, justifications and implications of policy positions […]