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An entrepreneur, visionary and pioneer of resource-based industries in Indonesia, Mr Sukanto Tanoto believes that everyone should have the opportunity to reach their full potential. He also has a guided principle that business activities must be "good for the community, good for the country and good for the company." Guided by this principle, Mr Sukanto Tanoto ensures that each of his businesses undertakes responsible environmental and social stewardship by embracing and integrating the concept of corporate social responsibility (CSR) into its business. This precept led to the establishment of Tanoto Foundation.


Tanoto Foundation was established by the Mr and Mrs Sukanto Tanoto to be a center of excellence in poverty alleviation through Education, Empowerment, and Enhancement of the quality of lives. The Foundation’s mission is to work with communities and partners to address root causes of poverty in countries where the Tanoto family has significant presence. These 3Es have become the theme for the Foundation’s CSR programs.



In Indonesia, The Tanoto Foundation Scholarship Program provides opportunities for high-achievement young generation coming from economically underprivileged families to pursue quality higher education. The scholarship program covers seven universities across Indonesia. In addition, through Pelita Pendidikan, a school development program, the Tanoto Foundations reaches out to 200 schools in remote areas of North Sumatra, Riau and Jambi. This program focuses on empowering teachers, strengthening educational institutions, and improving the physical and intellectual environments of schools.


In China, the Foundation partners the Beijing University, Fudan University, Southeast University and Tsinghua University in its scholarship program. The Foundation has also established schools in remote areas.


In Singapore, the Foundation supports a variety of scholarship, professorship and research programs. They include the Tanoto Scholarship Fund for NUS undergraduate medical students in the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, the Medical Professorship and Research Program in the Duke-NUS Medical School, the Tanoto Library at INSEAD and the Tanoto Foundation Centre for Southeast Asian Arts in the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts.


Disaster Relief

Recognising that there are special and immediate needs at time of natural calamity, the Tanoto Foundation also distributes financial and material assistance to people affected by disasters, such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and floods.


"Making a difference in people’s lives is, perhaps, the single most satisfying thing one can ever do. We want to bestow upon our children, and future generations of the Tanoto family, this very special gift – the privilege of giving" ~ Sukanto Tanoto


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