Sukanto Tanoto donation to Singapore

Dr. Karl Tryggvason, MD. is the Tanoto Professor of Diabetes Research at Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School in Singapore.
Dr. Karl Tryggvason was previously involved in a scandal in his previous position as the dean in Sweden’s prestigious Karolinska Institute. See
As a diabetic patient, he also donated to the Tanoto Initiative for Diabetes Research (TIDR). He has donated over 1 million per year to Duke_NUS.

Sukanto Tanoto also donated to the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) Library, established the Tanoto Foundation Centre for Southeast Asian Arts in April 2007, “with the vision to become a regional resource centre for the study and research of Southeast Asian arts”

Tanoto also donated to the  the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, by Establishment of The Tanoto Scholarship Fund .

Tanoto’s kind donation came from selling paper that came from old natural rainforests. Every year Singapore complains about receiving smoke from burning forests in Indonesia. Part of this smoke came from Tanoto’s plantation and forest clearing.

As you all know Sukanto Tanoto is the founder and chairman of APRIL, the largest paper mill compant in Indonesia that is responsible for clearing a large area of rain forests to produce paper. There is already a campaign by Rainforest Rescue to boycott paper produced by APRIL.

Now, we should have a campaign to make the Professors aware of the greenwashing done by Sukanto Tanoto via kind donation to universities. Taking from the Rainforest Rescue campaign, send the send the following email to:


Dr. Karl Tryggvason, The Tanoto Professor of Diabetes Research,

Casey, Patrick J, Senior Vice Dean,

Krishnan, Ranga R, Dean

Dear Sirs,

I have noted with concern that you are accepting donation from Sukanto Tanoto with the Tanoto Professor of Diabetes Research at Duke-NUS.

As you know, Sukanto Tanoto is the chairman of APRIL (Asia Pacific Resources International Limited). APRIL is a compnay which is known to be responsible for clearing massive areas of rainforest in the Indonesian province of Riau to create acacia plantations.APRIL is also draining large areas of peat bog. APRIL’s production methods are an ecological, social, and climatic catastrophe.

Every year Singapore received smoke from forest fires in Indonesia with  the worst level of air pollution and triggering a health warning. These fires came from the clearing and destruction of rain forests in Sumatra and Kalimantan. Part of these are caused by the plantation operations by Sukanto Tanoto’s companies.

The rainforest on Sumatra is a highly diverse ecosystem – if the forest dies, the native animals and plants will have no chance to survive. This development especially threatens the critically endangered Sumatran Tiger – the greatest threat to this animal is listed as “the loss of habitat through palm oil and acacia plantations.” In 2010, APRIL was banned from the FSC certification system as a consequence of its production methods.

Furthermore, the rainforest is home to agricultural communities that process products traditionally and sustainably. The plantations are threatening to drive these farmers from their land and destroy their livelihoods.

The peat bogs in particular are important natural carbon sinks. In destroying the bogs, massive quantities of stored greenhouse gases are released into the atmosphere. Due to the destruction of its rainforests, Indonesia is the third-largest CO2 emitter in the world. The acacia plantations created to manufacture PaperOne paper exacerbate the negative impact on our climate.

As a respected university, you should share responsibility for ensuring that the donation you accept does not come from operation that destroy the environment, causing global warming, and destruct the habitat of human and animals.

I emphatically request that you consider the donation, consequently setting a positive example of how universities can embody corporate responsibility, respect for human rights, and environmental protection.



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