Focus on CSR work pays off

PT Kendi Arindo contributes to substantial values for local communities.

Sumatera based PT Kendi Arindo (PTKA), having Elkem as main customer of charcoal for more than 25 years, was last year awarded the Governor of South Sumatera Provincial Government, CSR award in the Processing and Manufacturing Industry.

Local communities are of great significance, not only to Elkem, but also for local partners which is why Elkem encourages suppliers to engage locally. PTKA was awarded the prize in competition with more than 100 companies. The jury particularly emphasises the company’s efforts on Creating Shared Value (CSV) including increased quality of life and positive long-term effects for the local communities. In addition to assuring proper maintenance and production, PTKA is praised for sustainable utilisation of resources, health, school and clean water programmes and for maintaining roads and infrastructure.

The goal of the CSV programme is to encourage interaction between the population and those doing business in the area. The jury points out crime reduction, reduced unemployment, and no forest fires as important results from the CSV programme from PTKA. "PTKA’s local initiatives are impressive and important. To Elkem, PT Kendi plays an important role in our ambition to increase the utilisation of sustainable biocarbon to 40% by 2030", says Grim Terje Øberg, vice president raw materials, Elkem Silicon Materials.

This article was first published in Elkem's sustainability report 2019