RGE Founder’s Day 2021: Giving Back Once Again In ‘The New Normal’

RGE Founder’s Day 2021 was observed globally from October through December under another year of special circumstances. However, the COVID-19 global pandemic and new variants did not dampen RGE companies’ resolve to continue creating value for community, country, climate, customer and the company – our Founder and Chairman Sukanto Tanoto’s 5C’s business philosophy.

RGE’s 60,000-strong staff enthusiastically adapted last year’s Founder’s Day strategic approach with a hybrid of hands-on volunteerism (while observing safe distancing measures) and raising funds for community organizations fighting the pandemic on the front lines.

The RGE Founder’s Day 2021 ‘call to action’ was kicked off with a launch video distributed globally featuring RGE Managing Director Anderson Tanoto and words of inspiration by RGE Chairman Sukanto Tanoto.

(The web version of the above YouTube video is available here)

Each RGE business group rose to the challenge to identify a local community organisation dedicated to pandemic relief or community development, and rallied its staff to raise funds for the organisation. RGE shareholders generously matched the total funds raised by 3-to-1 so that we multiply the impact of our support.

An amazing US$500,000 was raised for 13 community organisations, including:

Country Beneficiary Organisation
Singapore SAMH Youth Reach @ Singapore Association of Mental Health in support of Youth Mental Wellness through Community Chest

(APRIL & Apical)

GivingHub – by NGOHub in support of pandemic emergency fund

(Asia Honour)

Pertubuhan Pengurusan Pusat Jagaan Orang-Orang Istimewa Mentakab, Temerloh, Pahang in support of people with special needs
China Rizhao Charity Federation in support of mental wellness education for school students.

(Hong Kong)

Oxfam HK in support of pandemic programme


Directly supporting community/RT/RW nearby office

(Fiber Grp, Riau)

Directly supporting villages surrounding the mills and plantations

(Palm Group: N/W/S Sum, Riau, Jambi)

Directly supporting villages surrounding the mills and plantations

(Bracell São Paulo)

Amorada Foster Home/Casa de Acolhimento Amorada in support of children care and development

(Bracell Bahia)

Liga do Bem in support of food distribution to community/ Bahia Union Movement

(Pacific Canbriam Energy)

Calgary Health Foundation
in support of pandemic response and mental wellness
North East Native Advancing Society (NENAS)
in support of First Nation training

(Woodfibre LNG)

Howe Sound Marine Search and Rescue Society in support of marine/ environment

And new this year, we set up the Global RGE Fund to help Brazil and Indonesia’s fight against COVID-19. These two countries are particularly hard hit by the pandemic and need our help the most. Therefore, 80% of the final amount raised was donated to the local community organization selected by each business group, and 20% to the Global RGE Fund which provided food and basic needs support for vulnerable families in Indonesia and Brazil.

As per our tradition, RGE Founder’s Day is also dedicated to providing all global staff a refresher on RGE’s Core Values – which has been key to our success for over 50 years. This year, our Core Values workshops focused on behavioural statements – the specific actions we should take to interact with each other in our workplace. Once again, more than 1,000 Core Values workshops took place around the world. We hope that you are now taking those behavioural statements into action!

RGE Founder's Day 2021

Finally, take a look at RGE Founder’s Day 2021 Highlights in the below video!

(The web version of the above YouTube video is available here)

Thanks to all of you who participated in this year’s RGE Founder’s Day activities and celebrations. We trust that we all will be able to return to hands-on volunteerism in RGE Founder’s Day 2022 which will also feature a special celebration of ‘RGE55’ – the 55th anniversary of RGE.