Asia Symbol Launches Leading Edge Sustainable Copier Paper in China

Asia Symbol has recently launched the first type of copier paper bearing both the PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification) and CFCC (Chinese Forestry Certification Council) logos.

The ceremony to commemorate the event was held in Beijing, and marked an historic moment in China’s efforts for obtaining a higher level of sustainability in its paper industry.

First Copier Paper Bearing the PEFC and CFCC Logo

June the 3rd became an extremely significant date for the Chinese paper industry, as Asian Symbol has successfully proven the company’s commitment toward sustainable forest management.

The copier paper launched by the firm is the first paper actually placed on the market since CFCC managed to obtain the PEFC endorsement in 2014. It is also the first type of green paper produced in China that bears both the PEFC and CFCC logos.

Asia Symbol became certified in accordance with PEFC standards in 2014 and it has CFCC certification since the year 2012. Although a large part of the copier paper the company produces is sold domestically, a growing number is sold on the global market, the figures recently having reached about one third of the company’s total production this year.

According to Asia Symbol, not only have their efforts for promoting sustainable paper increased during the past three years, but clients are also becoming increasingly more interested in supporting the use of environmental friendly products.

Full Compliance with Sustainability Benchmarks

The PEFC endorsement came through as CFCC managed to obtain full compliance with PEFC standards for sustainability. These standards are recognized worldwide in 40 countries as one of the most comprehensive sustainability benchmarks available.

The basic concept is that the paper is only to be produced using traceable sources from sustainable forests, as specified by Chain of Custody (CoC).

Experts consider this to be only a first step on China’s road to a more sustainable industry, but it is also considered a significant event that is set to inspire other companies in the paper industry to set more sustainable goals for their production line


A Quick Overview of APRIL Group’s Path to Successful Infrastructural Development

The development of infrastructure in Indonesia has seen a remarkable improvement in past years due to RGE member APRIL Group’s newly implemented solutions for offering new jobs, building roads and implementing various programs for better education and amenities.

RAPP (Riau Andalan Pulpp & Paper), the company’s main subsidiary in Indonesia, has made some remarkable progress in infrastructural development, creating new opportunities and improving living standards for the local population.

Building Better Roads

One of RAPP’s most remarkable initiatives was the building of quality asphalt roads in areas such as Kuansing and Pulau Padang. The five kilometers of roads from Benai to Cerenti, for instance, was extremely well-received by local inhabitants, particularly in Talontam, Banjar Benai and Kuantan Siningi.

According to the local governor of Kunasing, locals used to be forced to close their windows and doors just to prevent the dust from the roads entering their homes.

Similar efforts were made in the Pulau Padang area, where RAPP managed to connect no less than 20 villages with their newly built roads. Aside from the 12 km of roads, the company has also provided assistance and equipment for road maintenance and repair, and these efforts were greeted with gratitude by local councils, many of which believe that they will mark a fresh new start towards improving the local economy in the area.

Good for the Company, Community and Country

The achievements obtained by RAPP are guided by the 3P principle of people, planet and profit and the RGE philosophy implemented by visionary Sukanto Tanoto, aiming for achievements that are good not only for the company’s profit, but also for the local community and the country in which the company is operating.

They have also made a real effort toward implementing a more sustainable approach to production, improving their ability of promoting environmental friendly production practices and obtaining numerous certifications, including OHSAS 18001: 2007 for Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems and a certification from the Wood Legality Verification System.

All of the company’s efforts are in line with the 3 Cs introduced by Sukanto Tanoto, and future developments are also being planned toward even more sustainable infrastructural improvements.

Imelda Tanoto and the Tanoto Foundation’s Support in Improving Educational Resources

The Tanoto Foundation has long been known to provide assistance to schools and educational facilities throughout Indonesia. Recently, however, the Foundation has taken its initiatives one step forward by inaugurating the launch of two brand new facilities at Universitas Bhayangkara Jaya – the Tanoto Library and the Grha Tanoto.

Present at the event was none other than Imelda Tanoto, daughter of RGE Chairman and Tanoto Foundation leader Sukanto Tanoto. Miss Tanoto has given an enlightening speech to outline the current and future plans that the Tanoto Foundation has for local education in Indonesia.

Sustainable Development Goals

According to Imelda Tanoto, there are two significant goals for achieving a more sustainable education: improving the “hardware” and “software” of education in Indonesia.

The “hardware” part has to do with the actual educational resources, such as classes, libraries and other facilities, as well as access to books, international journals and other resources students would need in order to have access to improved educational opportunities.

The “software” element, on the other hand, has to do with the quality of the education itself. For the purpose of improving that level of quality, the Tanoto Foundation is also actively involved in programs designed to train teachers to impart information and use creative teaching techniques for making the teaching process more engaging.

Making Real Progress

Through the inauguration of the Grha Tanoto and the Tanoto Library on June 15 of this year, the Tanoto Foundation hopes to provide students at the Universitas Bhayangkara Jaya with the ability to train and study much more efficiently than ever before.

Built through the collaboration of the Tanoto Foundation with the Brata Bhakti Foundation, the facilities provide several new classrooms and a highly advanced auditorium, while also making use of an hi-tech RF Identification-based security system.

While outlining the advantages of this new achievement, Imelda Tanoto has also pointed out that improving education is a major step toward poverty alleviation, and it is one of the main tools the Tanoto Foundation uses on a regular basis to help local communities attain a better quality of life.