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.