As a disaster response to the floods that occurred in Serang City, Chandra Asri partnered with Indonesian Red Cross in Banten Province to immediately distribute assistance to flood-affected residents on Tuesday, 1 March 2022. The donation was the result of fundraising by Chandra Asri employees through the Year End Giving Program, which aims to provide assistance to people in need as a form of the Company's commitment to become a growth partner for the surrounding community.
The aid was distributed to 500 families affected by the flood disaster in Kasemen District. The donation was received by the Head of Kasemen District, Mr. Mashudi, S.E, accompanied by Indonesian Red Cross of Banten Province and Serang City. It is hoped that the aid can help provide foods needed by the affected residents and refugees, especially during this critical time.
In a response to high demand and the absence of domestic production, PT Chandra Asri Petrochemical Tbk launched Asrene® C6 Metallocene LLDPE to make films with higher tenacity and sealing strength such as multi-layer printed packaging and heavy-duty. This packaging is usually used for applications such as cooking oil standing pouch, stretch film (plastic wrap), and rice bags. Previously, domestic demand for C6 Metallocene LLDPE was met only by imports.
Using Metallocene in the production process resulting packaging product leak-proof, tear-resistant and shatterproof. This product has also obtained approval from the Food and Drug Supervisory Agency (BPOM) and Halal certificates from the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) and therefore it is safe and quality guaranteed. The current 50 kilo tons per year production capacity of Asrene® C6 Metallocene is also one of Chandra Asri's efforts in diversifying the LLDPE products in order to meet consumer needs and expected to help ease the import burden.
Commemorating the 2022 Indonesia's National Waste Awareness Day (HPSN) 2022, Chandra Asri collaborated with Dini Trisyanti, Director of Sustainable Waste Indonesia (SWI) and Dr. Eng Astryd Viandila Dahlan, an Academic who also serves as a Lecturer at Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering University of Indonesia in Indonesia to discuss about "Waste Management in Indonesia Based on Circular Economy". This activity is a manifestation of the Company's commitment to continue educating community on better waste management in Indonesia and to raise public awareness about the importance of waste management, especially plastic waste using circular economy concept. Speaking in the same occasion, the Director of Chandra Asri, Edi Rivai said, Chandra Asri puts forward the circular economy concept in its role addressing the plastic waste problem in Indonesia and hopes that more parties will participate in this initiative to jointly support the Government of Indonesia in achieving its waste management goals.
Using same momentum, Chandra Asri started an internal campaign #NabungSampahPlastik to encourage its employees to sort waste from home and reduce waste that ends up in Final Disposal Sites (TPA). The collected waste will be managed and processed by a third party to turn it back into raw materials and other useful products. This campaign will last for one year and the total waste collection will be announced on 2023 during the Indonesia's National Waste Awareness Day.
PT Chandra Asri Petrochemical Tbk in collaboration with the Happy Hearts Indonesia Foundation supported by the Education and Culture Office of Serang Regency inaugurated the Nusantara Early Childhood Education and Development (ECED) building located in Cibaga Village, Mangunreja Village, Puloampel District, Serang Regency. This initiative is a form of Chandra Asri's support in improving the quality of teaching and learning activities in the area around the Company's operations.
This inauguration is the inauguration of the fifth ECED that has been rebuilt by Chandra Asri. Previously, the Company had built four ECEDs; two of them are located in the Cilegon City area while the other is in the Serang Regency area. The ECED building and its supporting facilities that have been repaired are expected to improve the quality of teaching and learning activities and ensure that teachers and students can study comfortably and safely.
Chandra Asri carried out the Literacy Corner program by distributing reading books for schools and institutions surrounding the Company's operation area. Through this program, the Company wishes to encourage children to love reading books even more. The program is expected to nurture reading habits from an early age to develop literate Indonesian generation.
Through the Literacy Corner program, the Company also supports the improvement of facilities of libraries for Community Reading Parks (TBM) in terms of the availability of quality books for young students. This program has been running since 2019 and up to now a total of 2,267 books have been distributed to 27 surrounding schools and institutions. Not only books, the Company also donated bookshelves made from wood pallet waste in collaboration with local wood craftsmen. It is hoped that this program will not only benefit the surrounding schools but also encourage the improvement of the local business economy.
On 2 February 2022, Chandra Asri won six award categories at Cilegon CSR Award 2021 event which is located at Aston Boutique Hotel Cilegon. Cilegon CSR Award is an award event to company for their CSR contribution to the development of Cilegon City, which is organized by the Cilegon City CCSR. The six categories are Reka Karsa Sosial, for socially improving the quality of life of the community, Bangun Karsa Rupa, which is in the field of infrastructure for social environment facilities and infrastructure, Didaktika Pratama Unggul, the field of education and improving the quality of human resources, Cipta Guna Sehati, for the health sector, and Gerak Mandiri Siaga, for disaster emergency response, and the last one is Daya Mitra Pratama, the field of partnership and program synergy.
This award is certainly a motivation for the Company to continue to be committed to carrying out sustainable community development programs and also to establish synergy and collaboration with the government, industry partners, as well as other stakeholders.
As its commitment to the education pillar, PT Chandra Asri Petrochemical Tbk through the Anyer Merak Cilegon Chemical Manufacturing Association (AMC-CMA) provided scholarships for 12 students from high school (SMA/MA/SMK) who passed the selection process and most of them were domiciled around the plant in Ciwandan, Anyer. This scholarship was awarded at the XXIV batch of ceremonial events held at the UNTIRTA Engineering Campus Hall on 12 January 2022.
The scholarship program begins with open registration for high school (MA/SMA/SMK) graduate students as an administrative selection. Participants who have registered then take the written exam stage as an academic selection. Participants who pass continue to the interview stage, followed by the last stage which is a medical check.
PT Chandra Asri Petrochemical Tbk received appreciation from the Cilegon City Government for the Company's contribution and assistance in accelerating the handling of COVID-19 in Cilegon City. The award was given directly by the Mayor of Cilegon, H. Helldy Agustian, S.E., S.H., M.H. on 11 January 2022, at the Secretariat II Hall of Cilegon City.
The company has collaborated with various stakeholders in response efforts during the pandemic. Throughout 2021 itself, the Company has provided a free COVID-19 vaccination program for the general public in the Cilegon City area, helped supply liquid oxygen for hospitals, distributed basic food packages for residents affected by the pandemic, socialized a clean and healthy lifestyle for the surrounding community as education for COVID-19 prevention, as well as donations of thousands of medical and personal protective equipment such as hazmat suits, medical masks, and gloves, to rapid antigen test sets for medical personnel at hospitals in Cilegon City.
PT Chandra Asri Petrochemical Tbk held a COVID-19 vaccination program for children aged 6-11 years in Jakarta from 10 to 14 January 2022. The vaccination program which is also intended for adults and the elderly is in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, West Jakarta City Government, Lions Club International, and ABUPI with a vaccination target of 5,000 people.
This activity is Chandra Asri's contribution in assisting the DKI Jakarta government's program to accelerate vaccination for residents start from children to the elderly to immediately achieve herd immunity among the community.
On 3 January 2022, PT Chandra Asri Petrochemical Tbk and PT Bank Rakyat Indonesia Tbk (BRI) sign a credit facility agreement worth a total of USD 325 million consisting of a Term Loan facility of USD 75 million, Trade Line facilities of USD 175 million, and Forex Line of USD 75 million. The signing was held by BRI's Wholesale and Institutional Business Director, Agus Noorsanto, and Director of Finance & Chief Financial Officer of Chandra Asri, Andre Khor along with the Director of Human Resources & Corporate Affairs of Chandra Asri, Suryandi.
This partnership is the first step in business development, increasing capital strength, and expanding Chandra Asri's market access in Indonesia and internationally. Furthermore, this collaboration is expected to encourage the development of CAP2 which can reduce Indonesia's dependence on imports and create new jobs.