About the Founder

sukanto tanoto

Apical is part of RGE, which was founded by entrepreneur Sukanto Tanoto. Mr Tanoto started his business as a supplier of engine parts more than 50 years ago, and today RGE employs more than 60,000 people around the world while holding assets of more than US$18 billion.

Mr Tanoto’s business philosophy is known as 5Cs: that a company’s operations should be good for community, good for country, good for climate and good for customer, and only then will they be good for the company.

This is put into practice through a strong commitment to CSR at all of RGE’s businesses, including programs to work with local communities to increase their income by providing jobs, education and opportunities.

Headquartered in Singapore and with operations in Indonesia, China, Brazil, Spain and Canada, RGE’s businesses operate in five areas: pulp and paper (APRIL – Asia Pacific Resources International Holding Ltd and Asia Symbol), palm oil (Asian Agri and Apical), specialty cellulose (Bracell), viscose fibre (Sateri), and energy (Pacific Oil & Gas).

While Mr Tanoto was unable to finish his formal education, he has dedicated himself to lifelong learning, completing courses at leading business schools, such as INSEAD, Harvard and Wharton.

Determined that everyone should have the opportunity to reach his or her full potential, Sukanto Tanoto and his family formed Tanoto Foundation in 1981. The Foundation focuses on rural areas, and aims to improve educational standards by providing books and equipment, training teachers, and offering scholarships to deserving students.

Through Tanoto Foundation, Sukanto Tanoto also supports medical research into diseases endemic to Asia, via programs such as the Tanoto Foundation Professorship in Medical Oncology, the support of lymphoma research and the launch of the Stroke Support Station in Singapore.