Tanoto Foundation, under the guidance and leadership of Sukanto Tanoto, teaches community members how to earn money from their waste


Tanoto Foundation trainees display some of the crafts that they can make from trash and sell for a profit.

Enhancing the quality of life for community members and creating awareness of environmental issues has been a continuing key focus of Mr. Sukanto Tanoto and the Tanoto Foundation. The RGE Group of companies, founded by entrepreneur and philanthropist, Tanoto, has been involved in many projects, studies and philanthropic activities, and one of the foundation’s efforts has been a holistic approach to help in the alleviation of poverty.

Recently, it has been the focus of the Tanoto Foundation and RGE to educate community members on how to better handle their trash, in a creative and useful way. This is in-line with Sukanto Tanoto’s vision of doing good for the community and environment while earning success in the business world.

How Sukanto Tanoto’s Tanoto Foundation boosts creative recycling

Mr. Sukanto Tanoto and the Tanoto Foundation teamed up with CSR Asian Agri on this specific project to adopt sustainable practices. The aim is to curb pollution in Indonesia and also teach community members that being responsible with their waste can pay off in terms of the environment and extra finances.

From the 30th to 31st August 2016, waste management training was provided to village community members in Pelalawan. The aim of the training course was to teach community members that not all trash is dirty and useless. With a bit of creativity, the trash can be transformed into items or recycled effectively. Both of these efforts can earn citizens real currency, which can improve their quality of life.

30 Indonesian residents attended the course. The participants learnt various waste management skills and it is hoped that the crafts they create from their trash can be marketed and sold at local community fairs.

This is not the first waste management or recycling effort that the Tanoto Foundation has been involved in. The Foundation also assisted in the funding of a waste warehouse which was constructed in Black Water village.

The introduction of Banking for Trash Asri and how it benefits the community

The ‘Asri Trash Bank‘, which is a garbage bank, is an innovative community project encouraging villagers who are part of the “Bank Trash Asri” program to deposit their waste at the trash bank. At a later stage, all savers and contributors will be paid out in Rupiah for their “deposits”.

This is a great way to get villagers thinking about how they handle their trash and how they can be rewarded for recycling or handling their waste products responsibly. Some of the trash collected is used to create crafts to be sold, which also earns the community a small income.

When you consider that Indonesia is the 2nd largest contributor of plastic waste on a global scale, it’s easy to see just how much good foundations such as Tanoto Foundation are doing by educating and training community members about better and more creative waste management.

Bank Trash Asri thanks Tanoto Foundation for their funding and training efforts

The Director of Asri Trash Bank publicly thanked all companies involved in funding the community training, Tanoto Foundation included. He also said that he hopes the collaboration of the bank, community, government and philanthropic foundations can continue in order to improve the quality of life for the Indonesian community.

Tanoto Foundation guarantees ongoing support for the Bank Trash Asri

The Tanoto Foundation spokesperson advised that the foundation will make itself available to assist with providing the bank with general guidance, building assistance, sorting trash, waste management training, waste management skills development on an ongoing basis.

As with many of the other philanthropic events the Tanoto Foundation is involved in, waste management training is in-line with the vision of Mr. Sukanto Tanoto which is to do good for the community and environment while also focusing on being profitable.

You can follow Mr. Sukanto Tanoto via social media on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn.


Apical, an RGE company founded by Sukanto Tanoto, raises their game with newly launched sustainability dashboard


A look at the newly updated Apical Sustainability Dashboard and its user-friendly interface.

As a leader in the production of sustainable edible oils in Indonesia, the Apical Group, founded by Mr. Sukanto Tanoto, which falls under the umbrella of the RGE group of companies, has literally made hay while the sun shines and secured themselves as one of the largest exporters of palm oil in all of Indonesia. With this success, Apical, in line with Mr Sukanto Tanoto’s 3-tiered philosophy, has ensured the environment has not suffered, and at the heart of its daily operations is sustainable growth and cultivation practices – a core value that is hard driven by the company’s founder and leader, Sukanto Tanoto.

Palm oil is essential to daily life for many Indonesians, and it is well-known that the success of the Indonesian economy is driven by palm oil and its influence on the consumer market. With Indonesia’s prime position along the earth’s tropical equator, conditions for the growth and cultivation of palm oil could not be more ideal – long days of sunshine, plentiful rainfall and warm temperatures ensure that this product grows in a healthy abundance.

Sukanto Tanoto founded company Apical leads the way as a sustainable development advocate

As early as 2014, Apical committed itself to showcasing a transparent and traceable supply chain, with the promise of protecting high conservation value areas (HCV’s) as well as high carbon stock areas (HCS’s). Along with this, Apical has pledged to protect peat-rich areas, regardless of under-earth depth and drive a strong socio-economic impact amongst local communities.

2016 has seen Apical step-up its already impressive sustainability efforts with the launch of a highly interactive and educational dashboard, with content being made readily available to important stakeholders and website visitors, such as bankers, investors, civil society groups, buyers, suppliers and the media.

This sustainability dashboard has been created to be user-friendly, interactive and provide access to important information including: traceable data for the company’s supply chain, an interactive map providing access to this data, progress updates related to grievances lodged against the company or its suppliers, as well as company policies, guidelines and toolkits, while founder of the project, Mr. Tanoto, believes transparency is key

In partnership with consultant The Forest Trust (TFT), Apical has been able to up their game and ensure information on their sustainability initiatives remains 100% accessible. “We want to raise the bar by keeping ourselves accountable to the goals we have set, and to make that progress transparent and accessible to our partners and stakeholders through an online dashboard.” – Dato’ Yeo How, President of Apical Group.

Through their joint initiatives with the Tanoto Foundation and following the 4Cs approach of their founder Sukanto Tanoto, good for the community, the climate, the country and the company; Apical contributes to the education, health and disaster relief efforts within the community.

You can visit Apical’s updated sustainability dashboard here and follow Mr. Sukanto Tanoto, founder of Apical, via social media on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr or LinkedIn.

Tanoto Foundation, Founded by Sukanto Tanoto, Looks Forward to 2017


Tanoto Foundation – Educators complete training courses provided by the Tanoto Foundation to improve on teaching competency.

The Tanoto Foundation, founded by entrepreneur and philanthropist Sukanto Tanoto has been involved in many projects, studies and philanthropic events throughout 2016 and they have much planned for 2017. The foundation intends to focus a great deal of their time and energy on developing early childhood educational programs in Indonesia in the upcoming year.

The Tanoto Foundation’s stance on education in Indonesia

The Tanoto Foundation has always had an interest in improving on and providing education to Indonesian children. In fact, the focus on education is in line with their mantra of doing good for community, the environment and profits.

According to Sihol Aritonang, the Head of the Tanoto Foundation in Indonesia, the focus on education is not just on providing it. It’s on ensuring that education is of a good quality in Indonesia.

What the Tanoto Foundation plans for 2017 education enhancement

Sihol recently told the media that the 2017 education enhancement program will achieve the following:

  • Provision of learning tools that actually meet with standards in place on a national basis
  • Guidance, support and education for teachers in order to improve on their teaching competence
  • Boost the learning process and encourage creativity of students and graduates that show potential during the early childhood stages.

The aim of the Tanoto Foundation is to have a positive impact on the community and this is certainly done by ensuring that Indonesian children have access to a good quality education. This will ensure a more stable and solid future for Indonesia and its people.

The Tanoto Foundation has been involved in over 30 early childhood education projects across Riau, Jambi, Jakarta and Sumatra before the end of September 2016.

2017 enhanced education focus reiterates the sustainable development goals of the Foundation

Anyone who is familiar with the philanthropic efforts of the Tanoto Foundation will know that all of their activities are done in line with their sustainable development goals. These goals are the focus and teachings of visionary, Mr Sukanto Tanoto, who believes that true success can only be attained through doing good for the environment, community and the business.

The Tanoto Foundation is one that is dedicated to eliminating poverty and improving on education in Indonesia there aim to do even more in 2017 is testimony to his teachings.

You can follow the founder, Mr Sukanto Tanoto, via social media on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr or LinkedIn.

Sun Bears Befriend Local RER Rangers

The Helarctos Malayanus, more commonly known as the Sun Bear, lives in the dense lowland forests of Southeast Asia and is the smallest member of the bear family.

Due to the eco-restoration efforts of the Indonesian peatlands in Pelalawan by Restorasi Ekosistem Riau (RER), rangers stationed at the sites have encountered Sun Bears on multiple occasions. They have had opportunities to observe the bears as well as interact with them, and have come to think of them as friendly companions.

Photos were taken with a cell phone of three rangers crouching on the ground playing with a black Sun Bear cub. One of the rangers was able to get within half a meter of the cub, to give it some food.

“After getting the food, the bear returned to the forest. However, there are new rules now for the rangers to no longer feed the bears.” – Peter Gunarso, Director of RER.

According to Mr Gunarso, there are plenty of natural food sources in the forests for the Sun Bears. However, to ensure that they will be able to find enough food on their own and that they will not start relying on receiving food from humans, RER has decided to plant extra natural food sources throughout the forest for the Sun Bears.

RER was established with the support of APRIL, which is part of the RGE group of companies founded by Sukanto Tanoto in 1973, and is devoted to protecting and restoring 150 000 hectares of natural peat lands in Indonesia. Not only do they guard the forest against illegal logging and enforce the strict rules pertaining to the peatlands, they also go through great efforts to educate inhabitants of local villages in the attempt to enlist their help in maintain the forests and to cease all land burning practises which contribute to deforestation. The education offered to villagers includes teaching them the skills to grow crops and to become fishermen.