We believe in giving back to the community that has provided a conducive environment for us to succeed as we work towards our ambition to become a High Performance Organisation; a leading company admired for our people. We have initiated and participated in various corporate responsibility activities including disaster relief in the form of donations and rebuilding work in aid of victims of the Aceh tsunami in 2004, the Yogyakarta earthquake in 2006 and the West Sumatra earthquake in 2009. We also support the water conservation cause in the Pulogadung district.
On 22 December 2010, Linde Indonesia, represented by Managing Director, Darren Webster, presented a cheque of IDR 50,000,000 (EUR5,000) to the Indonesian Red Cross (PMI) for aid of victims of recent natural disasters in Wasior, Mentawai, and Merapi.
The handing of the cheque took place at the headquarters of PMI in Jakarta. PMI was represented by Secretary-General Budi A Adiputro, Co-Chairman of IT Bernhard S Jonosisworo, and Acting Head of Sub Division Strategic Partnership Yudi Agus Priyanto.
As a world leading gases and engineering company, The Linde Group places great importance on corporate responsibility towards the environment and society, says Darren Webster.
“Linde has been operating successfully in Indonesia for 40 years and we feel a strong sense of responsibility towards the community that has provided us a conducive environment to run our business day to day,” he elaborates. “Over the years, we have donated to disaster relief and took part in many community service activities, including contributing to aid and rebuilding efforts following the Yogyakarta earthquake and the Indian Ocean tsunami.”
He added that Linde was pleased to channel the donation through PMI as it has always been one of the first to arrive at each disaster location in Indonesia to provide relief. The organisation has branches in almost every major city and district, and is assisted by almost 70,000 people. PMI also has transparent governance, publishing on their website the amount of funds they receive and how they are being used.
For years, villagers residing in the area around the Linde Pamanukan site in West Java had to live with floods during the rainy seasons.
The flooding was caused by the overflowing canal and drains near the entrance of the plant. The site personnel decided to do something about this. Working with the villagers, they undertook improvement works to the drainage system, including removing the debris that was slowing down the flow of water in the canal, and upgraded the waterways.
The Linde site supplied the materials needed for repairs, provided technical expertise and came out with the funds to hire local labor to work on the project. The works were closely supervised by the Pamanukan plant supervisor, Rusmita, ensuring worker safety. Work performed includes cleaning drainage areas and replacing waterways support with a better one.
Since then, the drainage system has been working well and villagers are happy as they do not have to deal with floods that plagued them every rainy season. The village chief had expressed a wish for further cooperation with the Pamanukan site to improve the lives of the community, such as providing scholarships to school children in the area.
In February 2009, Gresik Gases & Gresik Power in Indonesia, members of The Linde Group, started a blood donation drive among employees and contractors working at the plant.
Since then, the Red Cross has been coming to the Gresik site every 3 months to collect blood from donors and each exercise saw between 15 and 25 individuals participating. The last one was held on 17 March 2011 with 18 donors.
“It is great to see our employees and contractors enthusiastically contributing to the blood bank each time to help fellow citizens in need of blood,” said Buddy Cahyono, CBM Engineer. “Donating blood is also good for their health as it helps to rejuvenate cells blood in the body.”
Each donor is given a blood donor card and regular contributors are given priority in the event that they need to undergo blood transfusion some day when they show the card.