Sugianto Tandio: Green Industry with Environmental & Social Ethics is Important!

Sunday, 03 December 2017

Located at the Auditorium of the Faculty of Psychology, Universitas Jenderal Achmad Yani (UNJANI), President Commissioner of Greenhope (PT Harapan Interaksi Swadaya), Sugianto Tandio, had the opportunity to be one of the speakers at the National Seminar initiated by the Industrial Engineering Student Association of UNJANI. Other speakers included the Head of Research and Development Centre for Green Industry and Environment of the Ministry of Industry, Ir. Teddy Caster Sianturi, M.A. and Sustainable Development Manager of PT Holcim Indonesia, Oepoyo Prakoso.

In his session at the seminar themed Environmental Ethics in the Industrialisation Process Towards Green Industry, he delivered material on Holistic Viewpoints in the Industrial Revolution. There have been three kinds of industrial revolutions, but there are still many industrial practices that do not work properly. ‘The rich get richer, while the poor get poorer, right?’, he said. According to him, a good business is one that does not merely concentrate on profit. Furthermore, he mentioned that it is important for every individual to think about social aspects, environmental aspects, and not to forget to always remember God.

Many industries were destroyed because of human greed which led to the proliferation of a culture of corruption. He even shared a fact related to the VOC (Dutch Trading Company) that successfully colonised and monopolised trade in Indonesia, formerly known as the Dutch East Indies, for 300 years but was destroyed due to corruption.

Learning from what has happened, Sugianto Tandio is committed to building Greenhope with good and responsible business ethics, not only for the company's progress, employee welfare, but also social and environmental responsibility. He ensures that the products they make actually come from sources that can be accounted for, buying raw materials at a fair price, selling at a fair price that does not burden consumers and the community, as well as being safe for the environment.

To the students present, he also advised that the next generation of this nation has the idealism and passion to advance a better Indonesian industry that cannot be separated from environmental and social ethics. ‘Because the future of Indonesia is in the hands of young people like you,’ he said while closing the session.