PT Chandri Asri Petrochemical TBK’s CSR and Community Care efforts in preventing and eliminating negative effects from its operations by reducing its carbon footprint and its impact on climate change, increasing conservation efforts and improving the circular economy, make the corporation a true Sustainability winner.
Words from the winner
PT Chandri Asri Petrochemical Tbk
Of People, Planet and Profit
Sustainability the PT Chandra Asri Petrochemical way.
PT Chandra Asri Petrochemical Tbk (CAP) was established in 1984. As a result of the merger between PT Tri Polyta Indonesia Tbk (TPI) and PT Chandra Asri (CA), PT Chandra Asri Petrochemical Tbk (CAP) has become the largest petrochemical company in Indonesia.
As a petrochemical company which produces synthetic polymers for high-value added applications, CAP firmly believes that their growth cannot happen at the expense of the environment. Hence, the company is committed to sustainability to minimise the effects of their products on the environment. CAP has established an overarching Sustainability Pillar that comprises of three sub-pillars: People, Planet and Profit.
The company’s People pillar provides company direction towards the investment in training to help surrounding communities to improve their standard of living. The company achieves this through three key areas: safety and health awareness, education and equipping the community to increase their economic potential. Over the past years, CAP has provided annual scholarships to gifted Bachelor degree students, as well as children of employees, at various Universities and Polytechnic Institutes. In addition, CAP provides subsistence to toddlers of the surrounding community through monthly food supplies through the Pemberian Makanan Tambahan programme.
The company has sponsored the training of the bamboo craftsmen in its neighbouring community, equipping them with new skills to produce synthetic rattan crafts and furniture made of polyethylene, one of CAP’s products. Although already skilled and accustomed to weaving bamboo, this additional training would help them produce higher value products; thereby increasing their income capacity.
CAP invests intensively in Social and Environment initiatives. The company met the needs of its neighbouring community by re-building the Kadu Meringis Bridge and the Kampung Kadu Meringis bridge in Serang.
The Planet pillar embodies the company’s commitment towards environmental sustainability. CAP has taken active steps towards recycling and reducing the impact of plastics in the environment by pioneering the creation of asphalt roads with the use of two million waste plastic bags. The benefits of this can be measured in the increased stability and durability of the asphalt and the reduction of plastic waste that goes into ocean. CAP also plays a pivotal role at leading the Indonesia Partnership for Plastic Waste Management (IP2WM), a national multi-stakeholder coalition of plastic supply chain, to champion the efforts of reducing marine plastic debris and providing long-term solutions to plastic waste management.
The company’s third pillar, Profit, upholds customers’ safety and health, as well as public education related to plastics. In the past three years alone, the company has increased its CSR spending to cover areas such as community education and health and sanitation to improve the living condition of the communities around them. The company’s key objectives of these interventions are to help the surrounding communities and the country to tackle sustainability challenges pertaining to the company’s line of business. CAP also provides compensation to the surrounding communities to ensure constant and ready water supply around Sungai Cidanau river, and engages the surrounding communities in the water and tree preservation efforts around the river.
In the area of community health and sanitation, CAP has collaborated in waste management by spearheading the Management Sampah Zero (Masaro) and Industri Pengolahan Sampah (IPS) to encourage surrounding communities to sort their waste for recycling, and the promotion of the resale of liquid fertilizer and livestock feed.
Furthermore, CAP has kick-started a community based waste management in Cilegon city, targeting 1500 households, to achieve zero-waste to landfill.