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APP's Tjiwi Kimia facility in Indonesia supports UN initiative

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APP's Tjiwi Kimia facility in Indonesia supports UN initiative

July 08, 2010 - 17:48
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JAKARTA, Indonesia, July 9, 2010 (Press Release) -The social commitment implemented by Tjiwi Kimia, one of the production facilities under the Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) Group, has been internationally recognised as one of the case studies presented by the Indonesia Global Compact Network (IGCN) in its report entitled, "Growing Inclusive Market - Indonesia Cases 2010, Volume 1." The report consists of a collection of case studies of corporate partnership programs implemented by Indonesian companies that are in line with the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

The report is one of the points discussed by representatives of the Indonesia Global Compact Network (IGCN) during a press conference on the result of the Global Leader Summit of the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), held in New York last June. The event was a highlevel conference for the United Nations Global Compact initiative, which serves to encourage the private sector to adopt sustainable and responsible business practices using the ten principles that function as the core values of the Compact signatories.

The President of the Indonesia Global Compact Network, Y. W. Junardy, said during the discussion: "The Indonesia Global Compact Network upholds ten principles, which serve to create businesses that are responsible and sustainable, as well as supporting the government in its efforts to meet the MDGs. We support the efforts of every signatory in adopting the ten principles in their operations, like the efforts undertaken by Tjiwi Kimia and other companies featured in the report."

Meanwhile, Aida Greenbury, APP Managing Director of Sustainability and Stakeholder Engagement, added: "Tjiwi Kimia fully supports the principles upheld by the UNGC through the IGCN. We are incredibly proud to associate ourselves with initiatives as commendable as this and proud to be playing such an important role. Through programs such as the ‘Blue Bike Seller,' Tjiwi Kimia provides significant support to the government's efforts to reach goals one and six of the MDG, which aim to eradicate poverty and combat HIV/AIDS. This is a significant part of APP's commitment toward implementing sustainable business practices."

The Tjiwi Kimia Production Facility, which is located in Mojokerto, East Java, has successfully created 12,900 direct jobs and has implemented a social program called Tjiwi Kimia Cares on HIV/AIDS, which provides education for the surrounding communities on the dangers of AIDS.

"APP is committed to conservation and efforts to improve the lives of the people of Indonesia. Through our projects, we hope to inspire people to achieve their dreams and reach their full potential, irrespective of their background or the obstacles they have to face," added Greenbury.

Additionally, Tjiwi Kimia also empowers local small enterprises and provides trainings and facility support allowing them to grow and enhance their businesses. Through the ‘Blue Bike Sellers' program, Tjiwi Kimia arranged for local food sellers to enter the plant and sell their food to the plant's employees. Previously, these food sellers entered illegally, but, as part of this pioneering initiative, they can now run their business legally and more profitably. Tjiwi Kimia provides the Blue Bike Sellers with training on food hygiene and basic management practices, along with uniforms and ID tags. Tjiwi Kimia also monitors their operation and provides continuous support as necessary.

In 2008, Tjiwi Kimia received an MDGs award for the company's Sustainable Green Products and an additional award for its contributions on climate change mitigation. The MDGs awards were handed out by the UN and the National Development Planning Board (Bappenas), private companies and local government agencies for noteworthy contributions - all working toward achieving Indonesia's wider MDGs objectives.

In November 2009, Tjiwi Kimia received another MDGs award for its significant and active participation in campaigns to raise the awareness of HIV/AIDS. On this occasion, this award was given by Metro TV and the United Nations for MDGs in Asia Pacific.