The level of student literacy in Indonesia is still very low and uneven. Based on the study of literacy infrastructure in schools about the implementation of the School Literacy Movement (GLS), many schools have not met the standards in literacy facilities and infrastructure such as books, bookshelves, libraries, and the methods used by each school and teacher in improving student literacy in school.
As an effort to support GLS and also increase literacy in schools around ring 1 of the company, PT Chandra Asri Petrochemical Tbk will continue the Literacy Corner program in 2020. On this occasion, the Literacy Corner appointed five schools in the Chandra Asri’s plant area in Cilegon and five schools in the plant area in Puloampel as beneficiaries of this program. Chandra Asri donated 835 books and eight bookshelves to support literacy infrastructure in schools.
On 22 February 2021, PT Chandra Asri Petrochemical Tbk received a US$60 million structured trade facility from DBS Bank. This trade facility is given to Chandra Asri’s subsidiary, Chandra Asri Trading Company Pte. Ltd. (CATCO), to expand export growth of petrochemical products from Indonesia.
While trade facilities are usually straightforward, DBS Bank’s structured trade facility integrates a combination of trade products to deliver a customized solution. It meets the trading needs of the company today and provides the flexibility to Chandra Asri to upgrade the facility quickly as their export growth expands in the future.
As part of the distribution of the 2020 Year End Giving program, PT Chandra Asri Petrochemical Tbk provided a variety of assistance to the people of the Banten area through the Indonesian Red Cross (PMI) and the Regional Disaster Management Agency (BPBD) of Cilegon City, Serang Regency, and Pandeglang Regency in the context of preventing and handling COVID-19 as well as other general social assistance.
A total of 6 multipurpose tents were handed over to PMI and BPBD, Serang District, Cilegon City, and Kab. Pandeglang. This assistance was also given along with regular donations of 500 pcs of rapid test kits and 500 pcs of masks from the company.
Through consistent responses in helping and developing the Banten community, Chandra Asri received an award from Ms. Ratu Tatu Chasanah as the Regent of Serang as a company that consistently cares for and responds to disaster emergencies.
As Indonesia’s largest petrochemical producer, on 2 February 2021, PT Chandra Asri Petrochemical Tbk continues its partnership with Total Solar DG to build a second solar panel or photovoltaic (PV) installation in the former Cilegon plan. The rooftop PV installation will power Chandra Asri’s warehouses, laboratory buildings, and charging stations for electrical forklifts, reducing up to 438 tons of CO2 emissions. It is set to produce an addition of 554 megawatt-hours of solar-powered electricity which represents an equivalent of 40 household consumption and will allow saving as much CO2 as planting almost 7,000 trees.
This second solar panel installation is a form of Chandra Asri’s commitment to reduce the carbon footprint generated in each operational area to minimize its impact on the environment. The project follows successful commissioning of Chandra Asri’s first solar system, which was built and commissioned by Total Solar DG in 2019 and has been able to produce 935 megawatt-hours of energy to power Chandra Asri’s office buildings in Cilegon.
On 27 January 2021, the CSR team representing the company visited the Rumah Pintar Yatim & Dhuafa Al-Ikhlas Foundation, assisted by Mr. Heru Wahyono who is an employee of Chandra Asri. In addition to serving as the Board of Trustees, Mr. Heru also gave his house for the activities of the Rumah Pintar Foundation which has become a place to learn for around 40 orphans and children living around the Grand Pesona, Kertasana Village, Bojonegara District.
As a support for the social activities carried out by employees, the company also provides assistance in the form of educational supplies consisting of reading books (general and religious), Al-Quran, carpets, printers and standing boards.
On 11 January 2021, PT Chandra Asri Petrochemical Tbk has partnered with Ecolab, the global leader in water solutions and services, to implement its state-of-the-art Green Chemistry technologies, to embed world-class safety and environmental standards. The partnership reaffirms Chandra Asri’s commitment to Sustainability, and reiterates the importance of Environmental, Social and Governance factors in the Company’s strategy and DNA.
The deployment of Green Chemistry matched with local and global expertise will deliver continuous improvement to Chandra Asri’s environmental performance. On an annualized basis, it will reduce 92.2 million gallons of water consumption, save 6 million kilowatt hours of energy, mitigate 2100 metric tonnes of carbon dioxide, lower wastewater production by 472,000 tonnes, and cut down Nitrogen Oxide exhaust gas by 75%.