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.
To improve the quality of public health, especially for toddlers and pregnant women around the plant area, PT Chandra Asri Petrochemical Tbk held a Nutrition Post (Pos Gizi) program which has been carried out from September 2021 until the end of December 2021. In this third year, four locations of Health Center were selected for program implementation.
The total beneficiaries of this program are 54 toddlers and 20 pregnant women with Chronic Energy Deficiency. Activities carried out for approximately three months include initial nutrition screening, psychological examination, examination by Pediatrician in collaboration with RSUD Cilegon, monitoring of nutritional status, examination of General Practitioners, and Counseling of Nutritionists. This activity is also complemented by a series of parenting agendas as well as a balanced nutritious food that has been specially prepared by each health center. After the program closes, Nutrition Post participants are monitored on an ongoing basis in collaboration with nutrition officers at the sub-district health center to ensure that nutrition improvements are carried out consistently.
On 28 December 2021, PT Chandra Asri Petrochemical Tbk awarded Green PROPER (Company Performance Rating Assessment Program in Environmental Management) for both of its plants in Puloampel and Ciwandan. The annual award from the Ministry of Environment and Forestry (KLHK) was presented online by Vice President K.H. Ma'ruf Amin and Minister of Environment and Forestry Siti Nurbaya Bakar live from the Vice-Presidential Palace in Jakarta. This award was the result of the hard work of all Chandra Asri employees in carrying out the Company's commitment to environmental management and its contribution to community development.
In performing its corporate responsibility as an integrated petrochemical producer, Chandra Asri is committed to the three principles of People, Planet, Profit by adopting an Environment, Social, and Governance (ESG) approach. Chandra Asri continues to make process improvements, technology investments and competency enhancements for its human capital to ensure the Company's business has the least impact on the environment.
Commemorating World Tree Day, PT Chandra Asri Petrochemical Tbk collaborated with the Kehati Cikalumpang Foundation in planting 600 trees on 21 December 2021. The Company distributed 300 trees that were planted in the Kehati Leuwibumi Park, Padarincang District, Serang Regency. In addition, as many as 300 other trees were planted in the Company's Kehati Park in Pasirceuri Village, Kadubeureum Village. Types of plants given consist of categories of productive, endemic, and rare plants and carbon-reducing plants.
In addition, Chandra Asri has also implemented an environmental service scheme for water in the Cidanau watershed area for an area of 25 hectares by maintaining 12,500 plant stands. The implementation of this environmental service has been carried out since 2016 in collaboration with the Cidanau Watershed Communication Forum (FKDC). This series of activities is a manifestation of the Company's concern for the environment to restraint the rate of deforestation, as well as efforts to reduce the carbon footprint.