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The benefits of plastic are unquestionable. It’s cheap, lightweight and ubiquitous. But plastic can take thousands of years to break down, and the growing use of single-use plastics is becoming one of our planet’s greatest environmental challenges.

Sustainability is at the core of our business, and our staff wanted to take action. And that led to the recent Plastic-Free Challenge in our office in Jakarta, which saw hundreds of staff pledge to cut down their plastic use.

Plastic-Free Challenge 2019

It was 2016 when a few employees of Riau Andalan Pulp and Paper (RAPP) realized that were all doing the same thing every day – taking their bicycles to work.

Bike to Work

With a shared love for their two-wheeled vehicles, they soon grouped together to form the Riau Complex Cycling Community (RCCC). Today, there are 70 members in the club, whose ages range from 25 to 50.

Riau Andalan Pulp and Paper (RAPP) consistently runs a micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) development programme, with the aim of supporting local entrepreneurs by providing them with technical and financial expertise.

In doing so, RAPP aims to empower communities in achieving higher means and better standards of living overall. This is in line with the RGE Group’s business philosophy which includes doing what is Good for Community.

Robi Cahyadi

Robi Cahyadi - Labour and Transportation Supplier

As the breadwinner of his family since a very young age, Robi Cahyadi’s life changed in 2004 when a tempting offer came from Riau Andalan Pulp and Paper (RAPP), who asked Robi to become a labour and transportation supplier for the company.

"Why sustainability in APRIL?"

The question above was actually one of the questions asked to me during my second interview with a panel of Senior Managers from the Sustainability Team.

Career in April - Sustainability Professional Development Programme

My friends also asked me "why sustainability?"

Of course, those two questions are completely different but in my story the answer to one led to the answer to the other.

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