InfoSAWIT, JAKARTA – In the TOP CSR Awards 2020 held by Top Business, Sinar Mas Agribusiness and Food successfully got two awards at once, such as, TOP CSR Awards 2020 Level Star 5 and TOP Leader on CSR Commitment 2020. The company was successful to run the corporate social responsibility (CSR) programs consistently for years which are the same with the sustainability policy of the company, such as, kebijakan sosial dan lingkungan GAR (KSLG). One main part of the assessment is the capability of the company to harmonize the business strategies and the CSR activities in the company. One CSR program of the company is the fire in the forest and areas mitigation through Program Desa Makmur Peduli Api (DMPA).
The criteria of TOP CSR Awards 2020 covers three main aspects, such as, compliance to ISO 26000 about social responsibility; good corporate governance (GCG); harmonization of CSR programs with the strategies and business competition of the company. The CSR assessment involved not only the experts and CSR consultants, but also the experts, consultant and business association, and also the traders, and financing institutions. TOP CSR Awards encouraged the implementation of GCG because the effective, transparent, and responsible CSR could only be implemented if the company implements the good governance.
One consistent program with the business strategy of Sinar Mas Agribusiness and Food is Program Desa Makmur Peduli Api joined by 32 villages in Sumatera and Kalimantan. The program focuses to three main aspects, such as, the fire prevention, the food security, and conservation. These three are proven to help and minimize the hotspots in the operational of the company and around the surroundings of the plantation and could increase the people’s welfare. “Furthermore, in the corona virus (Covid-19) pandemic and dry season, the company believed that the fire prevention could be realized if the food and economic needs of the people around are fulfilled well,” Managing Director Sustainability and Strategic Stakeholder Engagement, Agus Purnomo said, as in the official statement to InfoSAWIT recently.
In specific about the food security, the experts in the company made the groups of the villagers by teaching and telling the integrated and environmental agricultural technic. For example, in some villages, they were taught to plant vegetables, such as, kale, spinach, chili, bean, breeding animals, and fish. The results of theirs could be used to self-consumption to save their expense up to Rp 300 thousand per month; the rests could be sold and become the additional income up to Rp 500 thousand per month per family in every single month. The villagers could develop their capability and increase their economy independently. The program which has been running since 2017 gives the advantages for more than 4 thousand men.
In the economy and people’s empowerment, the company focused in health by operating more than 140 health clinics in Indonesia and most of them are in the remote areas. 8.600 men got the child health facility, vaccine, and better nutrients. In education, the company hired 2.160 highly dedicated teachers to teach in the remote areas by educating science and training. More than 40.800 students study in 280 schools around the company’s operation. The company believed that the good education would develop and guide the future generations free from the poor.
Not only to ensure the sustainable and responsible palm oil production, TOP CSR Awards 2020 is also about to motivate Sinar Mas Agribusiness and Food to help the people’s around its operational. “The significant positive impact from developing CSR of Sinar Mas Agribusiness and Food is to minimize the fire in the forests, and areas, and increase the people’s knowledge to advantage the organic materials as the substitute of the chemical materials,” Agus said. (T2)