Business Accomplishments for a Better Community

Saturday, July 18, 2015

The Remarkable Accomplishments of Indonesia's Young Leaders of Industry

With Indonesia experiencing unprecedented growth and development in a number of industries, the world has turned its eyes on the country's accomplishments, as three young industry leaders go above and beyond to create a true industrial revolution in the region. 

John Riady, Anderson Tanoto and Fuganto Widajaja form an elite of young entrepreneurs whose family wealth totals at about $11 billion, working hard for promoting the most sustainable, practical and responsible goals the country had ever seen.

At only 30 years of age, John Riady is the executive director of Lippo Group and has already achieved remarkable success hosting events such as the World Economic Forum and organizing multi-million dollar investments like the purchase by Lippo of the world renowned e-commerce website MatahariMall.

A Georgetown University graduate, Riady has advanced plans for accelerating and expanding business initiatives throughout Indonesia and worldwide, being highly optimistic that the new generation of business leaders can actively improve the country's economy.

Anderson Tanoto has already implemented numerous changes in the manner in which Asia Pacific Resources International handles its policies in the pulp and paper industry, having pushed for sustainable solutions that have pleased environmental organizations worldwide, helped accelerate production, and provided numerous new opportunities for local Indonesians to improve their quality of life and obtain new jobs.

Mr. Tanoto has brought a fresh new perspective in the responsible use of technology and training practices across Indonesian plantations, prioritizing transparency through his leading edge business approach.
President director of Golden Energy and Resources, Fuganto Widjaja has taken the lead role to restore confidence in the troubled coal venture that has suffered after British financier Nathaniel Rothschild has pulled out his investment from supporting the company.

With newfound Indonesian investments already available, Mr. Widjaja claims he is confident that the new deal will boost energy supply in Indonesia to 35,000 MW within the next five years. The company's long term goal is also to create new jobs, investment opportunities and products that can ultimately benefit the country and the world.

Asian Agri and Apical Join TFT to Increase Their Sustainability Efforts

Asian Agri and Apical have proven that they are not afraid to up the game and increase their efforts towards sustainability and responsibility in the palm oil industry. 

Their new achievement of teaming up with TFT (The Forest Trust) – a world renowned environmental non-profit that helps companies put together responsible supply chains.

A Successful Sustainability Journey

This new endeavor is in line with the two companies' past achievements in 2014, such as signing the New York Declaration of Forests and participating in the Sustainable Palm Oil Manifesto. Indonesia's Palm Oil Pledge is also on the list, and Asian Agri in particular is also on target for becoming RSPO and ISPO certified. 

Both Apical and Asian Agri are very eager to work together with TFT in order to create a more sustainable approach toward improving their supply chains, but their sustainability efforts don't stop there.

Asian Agri has been working together with more than 30,000 smallholders, and has recently been engaging in an effort to help them advance on their sustainability journey. At the same time, Apical already has a detailed plan for creating a fully sustainable supply chain by 2016. 

A Symbolic and Practical New Partnership

With both companies part of Sukanto Tanoto's RGE Group of companies, their efforts in involving an organization like TFT into their industrial activities is no surprise, and it has already gained notable favor from NGOs and the Indonesian government.

The partnership reflects the companies' initiative in protecting High Conservation Value (HCV) and High Carbon Stock (HCS) peatlands and regions. Moreover, the collaboration is expected to trace supply chains more efficiently, and have a quite positive impact on local communities, in terms of sustainability at a socio-economic level.

Apical and Asian Agri continue to set new standards for the palm oil industry in Indonesia and even worldwide, their efforts towards sustainable and responsible industrial growth paving the way for the application of a more responsible ideology when it comes to balancing business with environmental actions.

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