Dun & Bradstreet assists public and private sectors during COVID-19 pandemic

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April 8, 2020: Dun & Bradstreet, a leading global provider of business decisioning data and analytics, today launched a trusted data platform for government agencies to inform mission-critical response and relief efforts across state and local communities. The Firm is also making a number of resources available to private and public sector organizations to help mitigate risk and support continued business activity.

“We recognize that communities are managing through unprecedented circumstances. Our team of data scientists is lending their skills and analytics capabilities to help organizations across public and private sectors as they face the economic downturn resulting from this global pandemic,” said Stephen C. Daffron, President of Dun & Bradstreet. “We are all in this together and consider it our duty as a trusted advisor to find ways to use our insights and mission-critical data and analytics to help businesses manage risk and turn uncertainty of the moment into confidence in the future.”

Dun & Bradstreet is actively supporting governments and communities through these challenging times and using its insights and resources to help power business recovery efforts around the world.

Data for Decisioning

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Businesses need data to inform mission-critical decisions and to address this need, Dun & Bradstreet launched a complimentary COVID-19 Business Impact Research Platform. The Platform provides data, analytics, and insights to help government agencies and officials determine the full impact of the virus on their communities to:

  1. Plan risk mitigation and recovery initiatives
  2. Prioritize emergency management and economic support for the industries, businesses, and communities with the most pressing needs
  3. Determine workforce disruptions and supply chain risks

The COVID-19 Business Impact Research Platform is built on Dun & Bradstreet’s Data Cloud, containing comprehensive global information on more than 355 million businesses. The Platform is available to U.S. federal, state, and local government agencies, as well as members of Congress and their staffs. The Platform is also expected to be launched in Canada and the U.K.

The Firm also joined forces with several U.S. federal, local and state government agencies, including the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the National Economic Council at the White House, and the U.S. Small Business Administration to provide the essential data and insights needed to inform the development and distribution of CARES Act funding, and the process for economic recovery.

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Leveraging Data to Lift Public and Private Sectors

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To meet the immediate needs of both the public and private sectors, Dun & Bradstreet is proactively offering its solutions and tools to help support small businesses, enterprises, and organizations at large:

For Small Businesses:

Dun & Bradstreet continues to offer complimentary access to its resources, which are ever more essential today to small businesses as they position themselves for CARES Act funding. With these solutions, companies can:

For All Businesses:

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Additionally, Dun & Bradstreet is offering the following offerings to businesses of all sizes:

  • Complimentary ‘health scans’ to analyze a company’s customer portfoliosales pipeline, or supply chain to determine areas of risk and opportunity​.
  • Additional complimentary features available to existing clients using the Firm’s sales acceleration solution to leverage data and analytics to speed the path from prospect to a profitable relationship.

For Educators:

Through Dun & Bradstreet’s Market Data Retrieval business, U.S. teachers and families now have access to a growing list of free digital resources to help engage students while they are learning from home. Through WeAreTeachers, educators can access over 250 online resources while K-5 students can access a new at-home learning hub.

“With 178 years of experience and the ability to understand the needs of the public and private sectors, our role as a trusted advisor becomes ever more important in times of crisis as we work in partnership with government agencies, businesses, and communities,” said Daffron. “Now is the time for us to do our part to work together to support our communities and help them plan their recovery efforts in order to embark on a prosperous future.”

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Asia Pacific Rayon Raises US$300m from National and International Affiliated Banks to Expand Production Capacity

  • Continued capital expenditure aims to boost production and support the recovery of Indonesian economy
  • Loan agreements aligned with Indonesian Government's strategy to drive investment growth in 2021
  • APR is a member of the RGE group of companies
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JAKARTA, INDONESIA - Media OutReach - 12 April 2021 - Asia Pacific Rayon (APR), the largest integrated rayon fiber producer in Indonesia, today announced that it has secured a syndicated loan facility of Rp 4.5 trillion (US$300 million) with national and international affiliated banks. The funding will be used to support continued capital investment in the company's production facilities at Pangkalan Kerinci, Riau Province, Sumatra.

APR is vertically integrated through its supply chain, from renewable fiber plantations to high-value textile development. It commenced operations in 2019 and was formally inaugurated by President Jokowi Widodo in February 2020. APR plans to increase its production capacity over the coming year to capture the strong growth potential of viscose staple fiber (VSF), strengthening its market position in Indonesia and in export markets across the region. APR is a member of the RGE group of companies. Founded by Sukanto Tanoto, RGE manages a group of resource-based manufacturing companies with global operations.

The syndicated loan participating banks are PT Bank Rakyat Indonesia (Persero) Tbk, PT Bank Central Asia Tbk, PT Bank Pan Indonesia Tbk, PT Bank Pembangunan Daerah Jawa Barat, PT Bank Woori Saudara Indonesia 1906 Tbk and PT Bank KEB Hana Indonesia

The joint mandated lead arrangers and bookrunners for the syndicated loan are PT Bank Rakyat Indonesia (Persero) Tbk, PT Bank Central Asia Tbk, and PT BANK Pan Indonesia Tbk.

Basrie Kamba, Director, Asia Pacific Rayon, said: "This funding will be used to support continued investment in our operations in Kerinci. Rayon fiber, or viscose, is a textile raw material derived from sustainably managed plantations. As rayon is both renewable and biodegradable, it supports the trend towards sustainable fashion in Indonesia and in other markets around the world."

APR's planned expansion is aligned with the Indonesian Government's strategy to increase investment and boost employment to support the recovery of the country's economy and address the continued impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Following the passing into law of the Omnibus Bill in October last year to streamline investment and stimulate job creation, President Widodo said last month that investment would be the key factor in achieving 5% economic growth in 2021.

"This loan facility and our continued investment in our operations are evidence of the growth potential of the viscose rayon sector in Indonesia and around the world. We are committed to supporting the Indonesian Government's efforts to improve the investment climate in export-oriented manufacturing industries, and its efforts to create upstream jobs in plantations and the processing of raw materials, and downstream opportunities in textile factories and related businesses," said Basrie.

Hari Setiawan, Executive Vice President of PT Bank Rakyat Indonesia (Persero) Tbk said : "As Representative of JMLAB and all lenders, I hope this collaboration will be useful to support the growth and development of PT Asia Pacific Rayon in increasing production and operations and also supporting the recovery of Indonesia's export growth."

"Support from BCA and other Banks reflect our confidence in APR, and as our contribution to promote a sustainable and environment friendly industry. We hope this cooperation will tighten our relationship as well," said Susiana Santoso, Executive Vice President of PT Bank Central Asia Tbk.


About Asia Pacific Rayon

Asia Pacific Rayon is the first fully integrated viscose rayon producer in Asia. Located in Pangkalan Kerinci, Riau, the company uses the latest production technology to produce high-quality rayon to meet textile needs. APR is committed to becoming a leading viscose rayon producer with the principles of sustainability, transparency and operational efficiency, serves the interests of the community and the country, and provides value to customers. APR is part of the RGE (Royal Golden Eagle) group of resource-based manufacturing companies. Sustainability is fundamental to APR. The APR Sustainability Policy, updated in September 2020, include additional commitments on pulp sourcing and clean manufacturing.


About RGE

RGE Pte Ltd manages a group of resource-based manufacturing companies with global operations. Our work ranges from the upstream, comprising sustainable resource development and harvesting, to downstream, where our companies create diverse value-added products for the global market. Our commitment to sustainable development underpins our operations, as we strive towards what is good for the community, good for the country, good for climate, good for customer, and good for company. RGE was founded in 1973. The assets held by RGE companies today exceed US$20 billion. With more than 60,000 employees, we have operations in Indonesia, China, Brazil, Spain and Canada and continue to expand to engage newer markets and communities. www.rgei.com

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