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APRIL Group’s commitment to running a sustainable business has once again been recognised, with its Energy Management System at its pulp and paper mill recently receiving the ISO 50001:2018 certification from SGS Indonesia.

SGS is the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company, which is itself accredited by Accredia, Italy’s national accreditation body.

The ISO 50001:2018 Energy Management Systems Certification signifies that the pulp and paper production processes at Riau Andalan Pulp and Paper (RAPP) are operating effectively while saving on operational costs and energy, contributing to minimum impact on the environment.

As with other certifications, the ISO 50001 follows a ‘Plan-Do-Check-Act’ cycle to ensure continuous improvement in operations.

Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) are a key driver of economic growth in many countries, especially developing ones. In Indonesia, MSMEs stimulate the creation of jobs and spark innovation which help to reduce poverty, drive development, and increase prosperity.

Unfortunately, due to the global economic crisis amid the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, many of these companies have been significantly affected. The implementation of various government policies, such as restrictions on large-scale social gatherings aimed at reducing the spread of the coronavirus have greatly affected the supply of raw materials for MSMEs. This has also caused fluctuations in supply and demand for these businesses, ultimately affecting their overall health.

In view of this, APRIL Group has taken steps to focus on assisting affiliated MSMEs with protection and recovery schemes through its partner program.

Did you know that one pint of blood can be used to save three lives? Blood plays a vital role in ensuring whether someone lives or dies, and it is the reason why medical organisations all over the world continuously call for regular blood donations. These voluntary donations ensure that there is a continuous supply of blood which can be used to keep someone alive during critical medical situations.

However, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, blood donations have decreased around the world – partly because people have had to stay at home, but also due to some reluctance and fear of contracting the coronavirus by giving blood.

At APRIL Group (Asia Pacific Resources International Holdings Limited), employees have always been encouraged to do their part for the community by donating blood. There is even a blood donor community called the Riau Complex Blood Donor Family (KDD) comprising employees and their family members, in the Riau Complex in Pangkalan Kerinci, Riau, where they are staying.

KDD Riau Complex typically organises triannual blood donation events, which result in thousands of donated blood bags each. To date, KDD has organised over 50 Blood Donation Days, successfully collecting 6,000,000 ml of blood along the way.

The world of forestry is often associated with ‘a man’s’ world'. But the good thing is, there are a number of women who have demonstrated their strength as leaders in the field of forestry i today.

One of them is Dian Novarina, Deputy Director of Sustainability & Stakeholder Engagement at APRIL Group. In addition to being a leader in the company’s business relations and sustainability team, Dian is also known as a practitioner who actively contributes to the national forestry sector.

At APRIL, the mother of two daughters is responsible for fostering relations between the company and key stakeholders in the forestry sector, such as academics, professional associations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) as well as government institutions related to research and development.