Challenging Times that Makes Us Grow

For Indonesia, the health crisis that broke out in 2020 has given the opportunity for every sector in the country to work hand in hand and ensure that Indonesia will come back stronger after the crisis.

Partnering with Tanoto Foundation, APR donated 500 tons of oxygen to be distributed by the Ministry of Health to hospitals that badly need supplies.

The liquid oxygen was produced by PT Riau Andalan Pulp & Paper, part of APR’s sister company, APRIL Group, to help meet the demand for medical oxygen supply. The donation was APR and Tanoto Foundation’s commitment to support the government of Indonesia.

The government aims to have a buffer of 2,000 tons of oxygen, 10,000 oxygen concentrators, and 1,000 liquid oxygen.

In April 2020, APR also partnered with Tanoto Foundation in donating 1 million gloves, 1 million surgical gloves, 100,000 personal protection equipment (PPE), and 30,000 goggles to Indonesia’s healthcare workers amid the shortage of medical supplies in the country.

Not only contributing at the national level, APR also pays attention to the health and safety of its employees who live in the company’s operational area in Riau.

In March 2020, APR formed a task force to prevent infection and maintain stability during the difficult situation. The company’s task force has been working together with local governments to impose strict health protocols.

One of the task force’s main responsibilities is contact tracing to slow the spread of the virus in the operational area and vicinity.

Since April 2020, APR has been placing thermal scanner at the entrances to operational area as well as hand washing stations in every office. The management has also arranged regular disinfection in the operational area as well as employee’s residential area.

APR has been actively educating employees and communities around the operational area and spreading information to prevent infection.

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Since May 2020, APR has been given out vitamins and masks for all employees and their families, and has been supporting the government’s vaccination program since June 2021.

It is also mandatory for every employee who comes from out of town to the Kerinci complex to do a series of PCR tests before entry is granted.

Most importantly, other than the special measures taken to flatten the curve, APR is aiming to further strengthen Indonesia’s economy by improving responsible and sustainable viscose production.

In the second quarter of 2021, APR announced plans to increase production capacity to 600,000 tonnes in 2023 while Jakarta Fashion Hub (JFH), a collaborative space for fashion enthusiasts initiated by APR, kept on supporting local designers during this difficult time by hosting several virtual events.

In March, APR was back at the 2021 Muslim Fashion Festival to collaborate with local brands in promoting the “Everything Indonesia” spirit.

“APR is proud to call our operation Everything Indonesia. APR makes every effort to supporting the Indonesian government, especially health workers and the communities around our operations. We always encourage employees and their families to maintain the health protocols to support the government in ensuring health and economic stability,” APR Director, Basrie Kamba said.

We should not only be able to adapt to this difficult time but also find innovative ways to live, work, help others to make a better tomorrow.

Happy Indonesian Independence Day!

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