MEDAN, SUMUTPOS.CO- PT Toba Pulp Lestari Tbk as a company whose shares are listed on the Indonesia Stock Exchange is very open to resolving any issues that arise regarding the company.
Director of PT Toba Pulp Lestari Tbk, Jandres Silalahi said TPL runs operational activities legally based on permits obtained from the government, which include operational permits, investment permits and forestry permits.
Even TPL is consistent in always paying attention to aspects of the social and economic environment of the local community, which is the location of the company’s operations.
Jandres Silalahi explained, until now Toba Pulp Lestari has absorbed a total of 8,956 workers.
The number consists of direct employees as many as 1,230 workers (77.8% are Bataknese). As for indirect employees, there are 7,726 people. They are part of 267 local business entities partnering with TPL.
Commitment to the environment
The company has great concern for environmental sustainability. One way to do this is to conduct a thorough audit of the environmental impact of the company’s operations.
In relation to the alleged pollution of Lake Toba, TPL ensures that the company’s location is below the elevation of Lake Toba. So it is impossible for the company’s waste to flow into Lake Toba and cause environmental damage to the lake’s waters.
“TPL always ensures that production waste, both liquid and gas, is handled strictly so that it does not have an impact on the environment,” said Jandres Silalahi.
Toba Pulp Lestari also takes a holistic approach to natural forest conservation by conducting a High Carbon Stock (HCS) and High Conservation Value (HCV) assessment of each new area targeted for development.
The company will not develop areas that fall into the HCS and HCV categories, which in this case are protected forest areas.
TPL’s Commitment to the Socio-Economic Aspects of the Community
TPL always cooperates with local stakeholders both with community leaders, youth, and women as well as relevant government officials, Toba Pulp Lestari has succeeded in resolving a number of social issues related to land by referring to the applicable statutory provisions.
TPL encourages the settlement of land claims through the Social Forestry program through a partnership mechanism.
TPL has also succeeded in solving problems through a partnership cooperation program for 10 land claims that have been registered with the KLHK, Toba Pulp Lestari together with government and local community leaders have successfully resolved 9 (nine) of these claims through a partnership program in the form of Plants of Life and Intercrop (intercrop).
“This partnership approach is the best solution because it is proven to provide sustainable and definite benefits, especially for the community, local government and the state,” he explained.
In addition, TPL also consistently allocates funds for Community Development (CD)/Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) of 1% of net income.
Where the funds are allocated for assistance and economic empowerment of communities around the company. CD/CSR funds are used for education and culture, social investment, and partnerships.
In the context of partnership, the company’s efforts are to conduct business partnerships with local communities and provide skills training to the community as well as providing business capital.
Award from the Government
For this achievement, the company won three Indonesia CSR Awards (ICA) in 2020 organized by the Corporate Forum For Community Development (CFCD) in collaboration with BSN and the Coordinating Ministry for Human Development and Culture.
The three awards are the Platinum Award in the field of Community Involvement and Development in the Job Creation and Skills Improvement program, and 2 more in the field of Community Involvement and Development in the Health program.
“All these awards are the result of the hard work of all parties, employees, and the surrounding community,” closed Jandres Silalahi. (ram)