On 28-29 November 2016, a group of approximately 55 students of Master of Public Administration at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (LKYSPP), National University of Singapore (NUS) visited APRIL and Asian Agri, two world-class companies in Pangkalan Kerinci, Riau Province, Indonesia.
The visit was a study trip program as part of the flagship Governance Study Project (GSP). The purpose of the visit was to learn from APRIL and Asian Agri how they are operating their businesses sustainably, while at the same time supporting the development of rural areas in Indonesia.
The visit has given us valuable insights on the role of APRIL and Asian Agri as responsible corporate citizens of the country –according to the founder Mr. Sukanto Tanoto– in supporting the implementation of sustainable development program in Indonesia. At the LKYSPP, we learned the theories and concepts. In this visit, we learned how some theories and concepts have been put into implementation to sustain the businesses and to benefit the society.