Charity and Resolve: RGE Companies Support Global Fight Against COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic and the challenges it has brought have caused many nations and communities to unite in fighting it. Business and companies have also joined in. In times that demand for resolve and charity, RGE, Tanoto Foundation and RGE business groups across the world have stepped up to respond to the needs of employees as well as the needs of the communities where we operate. Guided by our 5Cs principle – Good for the Community, Country, Climate, Customer and Company – our companies are joining the global fight against COVID-19.

Fight Against COVID-19

[Updated 13 April 2020]

In Indonesia, we partnered with Tanoto Foundation to donate 1 million medical masks, 1 million surgical gloves, 100,000 protective gowns (PPE) and 3,000 surgical goggles to The National Agency for Disaster Countermeasure (BNPB). The equipment were delivered in three batches via chartered flights from China to Indonesia. The last shipment came in on 13 April 2020 via a chartered Garuda Indonesia Boeing 777-300ER.

In China, Asia Symbol and Sateri donated 1.5 million medical masks and 900 metric tons of original disinfectant to support healthcare professionals. Through Tanoto Foundation, we also donated 700,000 surgical masks to Hong Kong, China.

Bracell in Brazil is donating 18 ventilators to public hospitals; and 350,000 medical masks, 40,000 protective gowns, 33,500 surgical gloves, and 1,000 litres of disinfectant to put in use across the country.

In Singapore, we donated 1 million medical masks to The Courage Fund which assists individuals at high risk of viral infection, and more than 100 RGE staff participated in #BYOBclean, an ambitious project to distribute free hand sanitizer to every household in Singapore.

Above: Watch the video of how RGE companies and Tanoto Foundation worked together to bring in equipment to support Indonesia’s healthcare professionals fight against COVID-19.

Promoting Safety in Offices and Communities

RGE companies continue to promote the safety and well-being of our employees and our communities. We activated business continuity plans that include alternate work arrangements, staggered work hours, and social distancing. Additional measures are also implemented to safeguard vulnerable colleagues, including those in their senior years, pregnant or have special needs.

As our operations are embedded in communities, social media has proven to be useful in disseminating relevant information. Our companies use social media channels to promote health advisories in line with local and international standards (more examples below). 

Informative posters and advisories are also displayed at various parts of our operations, reminding staff and the community of safe and responsible practices. This is in addition to regular engagements with colleagues and the community to stay united, continuously practise good hygiene and social distancing, be socially responsible, and see a doctor if unwell.

With collective preparedness and precaution, we hope our communities remain united and resilient in the face of this challenge.

APRIL COVID19 Tips

A graphic by APRIL to raise awareness on the symptoms of COVID-19. Follow APRIL on LinkedIn.

Asian Agri Covid19 tips

Asian Agri shares World Health Organisation tips for civilians on safeguarding themselves against the novel coronavirus. Follow Asian Agri on LinkedIn.

Bracell poster on COVID-19

An impactful graphic by Bracell to remind the community on social responsibility being critical to stopping the spread of COVID-19. Follow Bracell on LinkedIn.

Efforts to Fight COVID-19 – In Pictures

The following are snapshots of efforts of RGE companies and Tanoto Foundation in supporting and maintaining resiliency in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Tanoto Foundation wants to help doctors and medical staff at risk of contracting COVID-19 through this donation of PPEs, which is a vital need in this time of emergency. For us, their willingness and their courage is a true form of heroism in this difficult time. We are sure that we can fight this together. We are praying for the people of Indonesia,” said Tanoto Foundation’s Global CEO, Satrijo Tanudjojo. See more in Tanoto Foundation’s news release.

Tanoto Foundation Mask Donation to Indonesia to fight COVID19

Tanoto Foundation staff await the arrival of the first batch of aid and equipment (7 April 2020), which will serve to support healthcare professionals working on the frontlines.

Tanoto Foundation COVID-19 mask donations to support healthcare professionals

Tanoto Foundation staff and airport crew worked tirelessly to unload aid and equipment from a plane.

Tanoto Foundation donates masks to Indonesia to fight COVID19

Tanoto Foundation staff and airport cargo crew stand together to support Indonesia’s COVID-19 fight.

Masks and equipment donated by Tanoto Foundation for Indonesia COVID19 fight

The donations will go a long way to equipping and supporting healthcare professionals on the frontlines of Indonesia’s fight against COVID-19.

Tanoto Foundation Senior Advisor Sihol Aritonang speaks on donations

Tanoto Foundation Senior Advisor Sihol Aritonang speaks on the efforts made by the Foundation and reiterates the Foundation’s support of the nation’s fight against COVID-19 (7 April 2020).

Handing over ceremony: Tanoto Foundation supports the Indonesian National Board for Disaster Management with donations to aid frontline healthcare professionals.

Handover ceremony: Tanoto Foundation supports the Indonesian National Board for Disaster Management with donations to aid frontline healthcare professionals.

RGE Tanoto Foundation Chartered Flight for PPE Donations to Indonesia

A chartered Garuda Indonesia Boeing 777-300ER full of equipment donated by RGE companies and Tanoto Foundation on 13 April 2020. This represents the third and final batch of PPE flown in from China to Indonesia.

Handling PPE with care

Taking every precaution, crew and officials work tirelessly the entire 13 April 2020 morning to load the donated equipment onto the chartered flight.

Asia Pacific Rayon COVID19 posters

An Asia Pacific Rayon staff pastes a poster to inform and help remind colleagues of the necessary precautions to take. Follow APR on LinkedIn.

RGE Vice Chairman Bey Soo Khiang volunteers to give hand sanitisers

RGE Vice Chairman Bey Soo Khiang helps to dispense hand sanitisers, as he joins RGE volunteers in the #BYOBclean community project to distribute hand sanitisers to Singapore residents. Follow RGE on LinkedIn.

RGE Singapore Volunteers at Temasek Foundation BYOBclean community project

Service from the heart: RGE volunteers in Singapore demonstrate safe distancing as they stand in front of barrels of hand sanitiser meant for residents.

Asia Symbol COVID-19 donations

Asia Symbol employees stand with the company’s donation of masks to authorities in Rizhao. With its notable history of community engagement and development, Asia Symbol continues to be a supportive and engaged corporate citizen of the community. In the face of a pandemic, the company once again stepped up to serve its community.

Asia Symbol donates disinfectant to the community

Asia Symbol staff oversee the filling of disinfectants, which are eventually donated to help the government and city fight the COVID-19 spread.

Staff from Asia Symbol help to move boxes of masks donated by the company.

Staff from Asia Symbol help to move boxes of masks donated by the company.

Answering calls for help by local authorities, Asia Pacific Rayon (APR) deploys a vehicle to help disinfect the public roads in Pangkalan Kerinci.

Answering calls for help by local authorities, Asia Pacific Rayon (APR) deploys a vehicle to help disinfect the public roads in Pangkalan Kerinci, Riau, Indonesia.

Sateri supports COVID-19 fight with donations

Sateri staff work side by side with the Red Cross volunteers to distribute masks. Follow Sateri on LinkedIn.

Bracell staff stand with members of the civil defence force

Bracell staff stand with members of the civil defence force. This was just one of many engagements of support and donation the company has made to support the community’s fight.

Bracell COVID-19 support campaign

“We are here for you. We are together.” – A rally of support from the Bracell community.