RGE Vice-Chairman Bey Soo Khiang and RGE Director, Anderson Tanoto represented RGE at the 2015 World Economic Forum (WEF) Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland. They joined other prominent business, academic, civil society and political leaders at the conference, themed “The New Global Context.”
The event brought together the global leaders to engage in high-level strategic dialogue, mapping key transformations that continue to reshape the world.
Speaking on the sidelines of the conference, Anderson Tanoto shared his perspectives on the relevance of WEF Davos.
He recognises that in the digital age, what a company does is equally as important as how the company is being perceived. Participation in the WEF annual event enables companies to engage with stakeholders to understand what is happening and also to communicate the company’s position.
As a leader in RGE’s business operations and the philanthropic Tanoto Foundation, Anderson Tanoto has worked in the RGE business operations in Kerinci, in the Riau province of Indonesia, which he terms “ground zero, where things actually happen”.
Anderson Tanoto added that climate change is a key concern for him. Climate change is happening at a fast pace and is a reality that has to be accepted and worked with. He affirmed that RGE companies in the commodities sector, in both forestry and agriculture, are part of the solution and not part of the problem.
In committing to further the WEF’s mission, RGE has demonstrated its dedication to playing a role in solving social and economic problems faced in Indonesia and globally. RGE business groups have partnered with Tanoto Foundation in various programs, with the goal of building up Indonesia’s educational and social service infrastructure, particularly in isolated or under-resourced areas.
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