List of CSR Projects
PT BSI regards economic empowerment as key to any community development program in order to improve social welfare. In 2016, PT BSI carried out a business-mentoring program involving the cultivation of freshwater fish and the use of technology in fish feed production.
Other empowerment programs include goat and lamb farming for a youth group in a nearby village. Young people in their late teens who were out of school and unemployed are trained how to care for and fatten goats and lambs that eventually became their livelihoods. In yet another empowerment program involving the local youth, PT BSI provided a training camp to manufacture hatching machines for duck eggs. Some of the participants of this program have since become successful entrepreneurs, supplying day-old-duck to local duck breeders.
The empowerment programs do not stop with the youth groups. For farmers of the dragon fruit, a major fruit produce of the Banyuwangi region, PT BSI provided training workshops on how to cultivate the fruit scientifically. Through this program, the chairperson of the Indonesian Association of Dragon Fruit Producers, himself a successful farmer and major exporter of the fruit, was invited to lecture and spent time with local dragon fruit farmers in Banyuwangi.
Not to be outdone, women were included in from PT BSI’s empowerment program. In 2016, PT BSI helped form the Women’s Collective Business program involving some 29 women in two local villages. These women were mentored in operating small business ventures in fish products including fish crackers, fish floss, smokedfish, shell-made lamp shades and products made out of the coconut tree. In 2016, a total of Rp2.745 million was spent on these empowerment programs.
PT BSI’s CSR initiatives in education comprise of a scholarship program, a public reading garden, and supporting school facilities. In 2016, a total of 164 students received scholarships, comprising of 124 students at elementary to junior-high and high schools, 12 students from the local pesantren (Islamic school), and 28 students at university undergraduate programs. These scholars were selected from underprivileged families but whose scholastic records qualify them for the scholarship program. To generate public interest in reading, PT BSI established the so-called learning gardens, which are essentially mini learning centers where people can spend time reading and learning at their pleasure. As of year-end 2016, there were two such learning centers, namely TBM Sophia in Sumberagung Village and TBM Pelangi in Sumbermulyo. The two learning centers are integrated with school libraries, and creative classes are held regularly where elementary-grade children can learn various craft-making from recycled materials.
PT BSI also provide its support for education facilities in the region. In 2016, PT BSI donated funds for the renovations of seven elementary school buildings, seven kindergartens and seven junior-high
A total of Rp687 million was spent on education related CSR programs in 2016.
Health care is part of PT BSI’s CSR programs because productivity can only be sustained by a healthy mind and fit body. Included in the health care programs are PT BSI’s collaborations with local governments and the local health clinics to undertake health care programs for members of the community. These programs include raising public awareness for the importance of clean and healthy living, training health care providers in the local clinics, free health check ups, teaching expectant and young mothers on proper care and nutrition for their babies, and providing supplementary nutrition for children below five years of age.
Efforts were also directed in preventing the outbreak of diseases such as dengue fever and others. Insect and mosquito flogging are carried out routinely with funding from PT BSI, while children are taught from early age on the importance of hygiene, including how to wash their hands properly, clean their teeth regularly, and maintain a clean environment at all times.
In 2016, a total of Rp250 million was spent on community health care.
The surrounding areas of Tujuh Bukit is largely made up of farm land and villages with rudimentary infrastructure that need improvements in order to sustain economic growth and development within the areas. Merdeka Copper Gold through PT BSI is committed to help local communities achieve more growth and prosperity. Thus, we help construct and pave roads, build bridges and otherwise improve public infrastructures as needed. This includes improving sanitation facilities, providing clean water for drinking and washing, and renovate schools and other public facilities. In 2016, PT BSI spent a total of Rp4,263 million towards local infrastructure development.
Mining operations are at best complex to undertake, and at worst vulnerable to public distrust and dislike. The Company needs to be open, trustworthy, and engaged with the public in order to win the trust and support of members of the local communities. Through our corporate social responsibility programs, among other initiatives, we continue to engage our communities in meaningful dialogues, collaborations and even partnerships in pursuit of common goals such as improving education, care for the sick and elderly, as well as social welfare and community development in general.