Pertamina Encourages the Economy in the Islamic Institutional Sector to Strengthen SDGs and ESG Commitments

Jakarta, 5 May 2021 - Through the partnership program, PT Pertamina (Persero) is fully committed to supporting the micro and small economy in all sectors. It includes the support for Islamic institutions such as Islamic boarding schools. This synergy is carried out as a support for the Pertamina Partnership Program to maintain national food resilience.

Acting Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications & Investor Relations of Pertamina, Fajriyah Usman, said Pertamina has synergized with Al Ittifaq Agribusiness Islamic Boarding School in West Java to finance its assisted farmers. "This synergy aims to help accelerate farmer productivity in providing food amidst the Covid-19 pandemic," she said.

Fajriyah explained that Pertamina distributed business capital loans to 37 farmers assisted by Al Ittifaq Agribusiness Islamic Boarding School. Pertamina also provides more facilities to the assisted farmers. Specifically in the form of training aimed at improving the quality of agricultural products. Starting from the planting process, maintenance, cutting, and transporting to the milling process.

These fostered farmers would also receive many benefits, including recognition and publishing assistance in local and national media. In addition, they also have the opportunity to be included in the superior fostered partners of the Pertamina SME 1000 catalog. "It is expected that the fostered partners' businesses will become more well-known, and orders will increase," Fajriyah said.

Fajriyah revealed that Pertamina is partnering with the Al-Ittifaq Islamic Boarding School Cooperative because it is a pilot in the Bandung area. It has supplied fresh vegetables and fruit to supermarket chains and traditional markets in Bandung and Jabodetabek.

This synergy with the Al-Ittifaq Islamic Boarding School is part of the distribution of the agricultural sector. Pertamina has allocated business capital to around 8,000 fostered partners across Indonesia between 1993 and 2020. "Pertamina is expected to support food resilience and increase community empowerment," she said.

According to Fajriyah, through the Partnership Program, Pertamina can provide energy that drives the economy--energy that becomes fuel and energy that generates sustainable growth. It is also implementing the 8th goal of SDGs: to provide decent work and support economic growth.

Pertamina is committed to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by implementing ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) initiatives in all of its business operations. It is part of the environmental and social responsibility to realize economic benefits in the community.**

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