Sampoerna has vaccinated 65,000 of its direct and indirect employees, coinciding with the company’s 108th anniversary
Jakarta, August 27 2021 – PT HM Sampoerna Tbk. (Sampoerna) celebrates the company’s 108th anniversary virtually. The 108th anniversary is the second anniversary during the pandemic, and Sampoerna commemorates it with the theme “Satukan Langkah – Bersama Kita Bisa”, a call to unite our steps and support each other to get through the COVID-19 pandemic together.
The festivities also mark the achievement of Sampoerna’s vaccination commitment, where previously Sampoerna had committed to fully vaccinate all direct and indirect employees of approximately 65,000 people. By August 27, 2021, Sampoerna has administered at least one dose of vaccine to all employee eligible for vaccination.
President Director of Sampoerna, Mindaugas Trumpaitis, said, “the achievement of this vaccination target is a significant milestone for us. Vaccination will provide an added layer of protection for all our employees and at the same time we hope this can support the realization of the government’s target to reach herd immunity.”
Sampoerna synergized with the Government of Indonesia and relevant stakeholders in carrying out the vaccinations, especially with the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KADIN) through the Gotong Royong Vaccination program (VGR), the independent vaccination program for employees where companies bear the full cost.
“The majority of our employees receive vaccination through the VGR program, however on top of that we also encourage our employees to get vaccinated as soon as they can if they get access through the Government Program or other channels. At the same time, we consistently provide education on vaccination to convince employees to get vaccinated,” Mindaugas added.
Aside to education, Sampoerna also provides incentives to entice employees to get vaccinated, the company provides 108 attractive prizes including motorcycles, bicycles, and LED TVs in a lucky draw during the anniversary celebration, open to all Sampoerna employees who has received at least one dose of vaccination.
Through online platforms, Sampoerna also initiated a series of virtual activities under the umbrella “Satukan Langkah – Bersama Kita Bisa”. More than an employee engagement activity, the program is designed based on the spirit of togetherness for employees to cheer and support each other through the pandemic.
The 108th anniversary was also celebrated by channeling support to employees and communities through donations. The company donates IDR10,800 for every vaccinated employee and supplemented it with a donation of IDR10,800 for each post on the company’s internal social media platform with the hashtag #SatukanLangkah. Collectively, the fund will be donated to support employees and business partners who are recovering from COVID-19 as well as to healthcare workers.
Moreover, through the employee volunteer community, Sampoerna Volunteers Club (SVC) working with the Indonesian Red Cross since July, Sampoerna facilitates hundreds of employees who are COVID-19 survivors to become convalescent plasma donor to help others recover.
Commitment to Support National Economic Recovery
Realizing the challenges brought about by the pandemic, Sampoerna adjusts the business to adapt, extend support for employees and business partners, and also supporting the government and society at large in managing the pandemic.
Throughout 2020, Sampoerna had disbursed help valued at approximately IDR 80 billion, by working with CSR partners and synergizing with local governments and other stakeholders. This include supporting the Gerakan Pakai Masker (wear a mask) campaign in many cities, donating medical devices and thousands of personal protective equipment (PPE), and support for MSMEs to adapt during the pandemic. Sampoerna continues to do so in 2021 and has thus far provided over IDR 18 billion in support through various initiatives to help MSMEs recover or to help the pandemic handling through partnerships with various parties, including KADIN.
Through Sampoerna Retail Community (SRC) Sampoerna supports over 150,000 traditional grocery stores to apply and implement health protocols, providing assistance, and facilitating digitalization through the AYO SRC digital application. The application that was developed since 2018 helps SRC partners in managing their stores, transacting digitally with consumers and suppliers, as well as accessing a host of other features.
Sampoerna’s training center for MSMES that was founded in 2007, the Sampoerna Entrepreneurship Training Center (SETC) also actively support MSMEs to transition to digital platforms. SETC adjusted their curriculum to shift to practical digital skills such as digital marketing and managing social media accounts, among others. Since April 2020, SETC has carried out over 40 online training programs for more than 1,500 MSMEs.
“The pandemic is not over yet, and in this momentous celebration of Sampoerna’s 108th anniversary, we want to emphasize our commitment to continue playing an active role for Indonesia – as we have done for over a century,” closed Mindaugas.
About PT HM Sampoerna Tbk. (Sampoerna)
Established in 1913, Sampoerna – an affiliate of Philip Morris International Inc. – is the leading Indonesian tobacco company, focusing primarily on manufacturing and trading clove cigarettes. Sampoerna produces some of the best-known kretek (clove) cigarette brand families such as Sampoerna A, the legendary “King of Kretek” Dji Sam Soe, Sampoerna U and Sampoerna Kretek. Sampoerna also distributes the Marlboro cigarette brand throughout Indonesia, through a long-term distribution agreement with PT Philip Morris Indonesia.
Sampoerna operates six production facilities located in Surabaya, Pasuruan, Probolinggo, Malang, dan Karawang. Sampoerna partners with 38 Third Party Operators in Java, employing – directly and indirectly – a total of approximately 65,000 employees, mostly in the production of hand-rolled clove cigarettes. Sampoerna distributes its products through 112 sales and distribution area offices across Indonesia.
Sampoerna is one of the largest issuers by market capitalization on the Indonesian Stock Exchange, where it trades under the ticker symbol "HMSP."
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Head of Corporate Communications
PT HM Sampoerna Tbk.