Jakarta, 29 September 2021 — PT Agincourt Resources (PTAR) won a prestigious award at the national event, namely the 2021 Subroto Award for Compliance with Mineral and Coal Non-Tax State Revenue (PNPB). PTAR won the first place in the Mandatory Payer category with the highest level of payment compliance in the sub-category of Contract of Work (COW) holders. The award was presented online by the Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources, Arifin Tasrif, which was received by PTAR Director External Relations, Sanny Tjan, Tuesday, 28 September 2021. The same award was won by PTAR for the Subroto Award in 2019.
PTAR Director External Relations Sanny Tjan expressed her gratitude for the appreciation given by the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources. Sanny Tjan added that this award is a result of PTAR’s commitment to continue to contribute and fulfil obligations in terms of Non-Tax State Revenue, starting from royalty payments, reclamation guarantees, to mine closure guarantees. “We are proud to be part of the stakeholders in the Energy and Mineral Resources sector who are considered to have performed very well, especially in terms of compliance in reporting, royalty payments, reclamation guarantees, and mine closure guarantees in accordance with the appropriate value and in timely manner,” said Sanny.
Sanny continued not only did PTAR contribute to PNBP, during 2020, PTAR was able to distribute USD 1.9 million for community development programs, most of which were focused on preventing and handling the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, such as improving facilities, health equipment and providing basic food packages, but also to initiatives to implement the PTAR Community Management Plan, such as infrastructure support, education, health, community relations and local business empowerment activities.
Meanwhile, Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Arifin Tasrif stated that the Subroto Award is the highest award in the energy and mineral resources sector given to stakeholders who have performed the best in advancing the energy and mineral resources sector in Indonesia as a reflection of Professor Subroto’s enthusiasm in advancing the Energy and Mineral Resources sector in Indonesia. According to Arifin, from year to year the Energy and Mineral Resources sector has an important role in the national economy and improves people’s welfare in the midst of a pandemic that is starting to be under control. The Energy and Mineral Resources performance has begun to rise and shown improvements with policies and strategic achievements, among others, until July this year the contribution of the Energy and Mineral Resources sector for the state revenue have reached IDR 141 trillion or 103% higher than the same period last year. The Energy and Mineral Resources investment sector has reached 12.3 billion dollars. The implementation of the 2021 Subroto Award which took place on Tuesday (28/9) online was part of a series of activities for the 76th Mining and Energy Anniversary with the theme “Growing Energy, Powerful Energy”. In the fourth event this year, 104 winners of the 11 Award Fields have received the 2021 Subroto Awards.
In addition to winning the 2021 Subroto Award at the national level, PTAR also won an award in the 2021 Good Mineral and Coal Mining Practices Award event which was held by the Directorate General of Mineral and Coal of the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, Wednesday (29/9). PTAR was awarded the Main Award Charter for Environmental Management Aspects of Mineral and Coal Mining. The award is a form of responsibility and gratitude from the Government to mining personnel who have carried out their business activities with the best effort, especially in applying good mining practices. All this time, environmental protection from the impact of Martabe Gold Mine operational activities is one of the company’s highest priorities. The main objectives of environmental management at the Martabe Gold Mine have remained unchanged since the commencement of operations, including: protection of downstream waters, safe management of tailings and waste rock, safe management of treated water, management and reduction of Greenhouse Gas emissions, energy management, legal compliance and the environment, protection of biodiversity and safe and stable mine closure.
Meanwhile, a few days earlier PTAR also received the Covid-19 Prevention and Handling Program in the Workplace Award of the Gold category from the North Sumatra Provincial Government. The award certificate which was signed by the Governor of North Sumatra Edy Rahmayadi was handed over directly by the Head of the North Sumatra Manpower Agency, H. Baharuddin Siagian, SH, M. Si. to Anny Nasution, PTAR’s Human Resources Department (HRD) team who was present as a company representative, in Padangsidempuan, on Wednesday 22 September 2021. Baharudin Siagian stated that this award was given to PTAR as an appreciation for various measures in preventing and handling the Covid-19 in the Martabe Gold Mine work environment. “The purpose of giving this Award Charter is to increase the Company’s compliance in implementing the Covid-19 health protocol in the workplace and to motivate companies to remain consistent and disciplined in implementing the Covid-19 health protocol. The assessment of this award is carried out very strictly by the North Sumatra Manpower Agency, which is ensuring that the report data is in accordance with the programs that have been implemented in the prevention and handling of Covid-19 in the work environment and also the compliance with following health protocols from the Ministry of Health and from the Regional Disaster Management Agency (BPBD),” said Baharudin.
“Out of hundreds of candidates, only 21 companies received the Gold award, including PTAR,” said Baharudin. According to him, PTAR is considered very committed to handling Covid-19 in the work environment. “What PTAR has been doing is extraordinary. And the steps that have been taken are worthy of appreciation,” he said. In the assessment of this award, there are 13 indicators, each of which has the Covid-19 Prevention & Handling assessment criteria in the workplace. The set of indicators consists of policies, socialization, implementation of the COVID-19 Prevention and Handling program in the workplace, business continuity planning, healthy worker movement, stigma and discrimination, social dialogue, Covid-19 risk assessment in the workplace, organizational structure and the COVID-19 Prevention and Handling team, the allocation of special funds in the implementation of the Covid-19 Prevention and Handling program at work, recording and reporting of Covid-19 cases in the workplace, evaluating the performance of the Covid-19 team and community service.
PTAR Corporate Communications Senior Manager, Katarina Siburian Hardono expressed her gratitude for this appreciation and award from the North Sumatra Provincial Government. According to Katarina, in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, PTAR will remain committed to ensuring the health and safety of its employees while maintaining safe and beneficial gold production for all stakeholders. “The company will continue to carry out routine body temperature checks, health testing through antigen swabs and polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests, physical health checks, providing isolation/quarantine sites and running online communication programs and awareness-raising campaigns for the COVID-19 pandemic and also in collaboration with health institutions and the South Tapanuli Health Agency, and also the South Tapanuli Covid-19 Handling and Acceleration Task Force.
All of these procedures are carried out for all employees and contractors before starting work at the mine site. The company will make maximum efforts to keep the work location at the Martabe Gold Mine free from the transmission of the Covid-19 virus,” said Katarina. Katarina added, “PTAR, as one of the national vital objects, will make efforts to maintain operations and production in order to be able to provide maximum economic contribution not only for employees, but also for the economic growth in South Tapanuli, North Sumatra and Indonesia.”
Some time earlier, another proud achievement at the international level was made by PTAR by being awarded the Silver Award for the 2020 company annual report, in the 2021 Australasian Reporting Awards (ARA) event. This is an award for companies in the Asia Pacific region, whether private, government, and also non-profit organizations, which have succeeded in producing quality and satisfying annual reports, sustainability reports, and integrated reports. This year is the 71st year of the ARA, which is based in Sydney, Australia. As in previous years, this year there are three types of awards given by ARA. General Award for companies with best-practice general reporting standards, Sustainability Award for sustainability reports, and Special Awards which are given in various categories. PTAR received a Silver Award for the General Award category.
Katarina added that all of these awards are evidence of the achievement of environmental and social performance and also the seriousness of PTAR in carrying out its commitment to contribute to sustainable development in Indonesia. “And of course this will be a trigger for the Company’s enthusiasm to continue to improve performance in order to make a meaningful contribution to environmental, social and economic welfare and also to the wider community,” concluded Katarina.
Photo 1: The 2021 Subroto Award held online, Tuesday (28/9)
Photo 2: PTAR received the Covid-19 prevention and handling award in the workplace from the Governor of North Sumatra which was given directly by the North Sumatra Provincial Government Manpower Service in Padangsidimpuan, Wednesday (22/9)
Photo 3: Awarding PT Agincourt Resources as one of the recipients of the 2021 ARA Awards