02 July 2020

SMBC Group joins hands with UNICEF to help millions of Indonesians affected by the COVID-19 pandemic


JAKARTA, 2 July 2020 – The Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group, Inc (President and Group CEO: Jun Ohta; hereinafter referred to as “SMBC Group”) presented UNICEF with a 100 million yen (13.17 billion rupiah) donation today, to provide assistance for Indonesians affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

 

As the disruptions caused by COVID-19 will have lifelong consequences for the health, safety, well-being and future of children in Indonesia, SMFG, also referred to as the SMBC Group, has chosen to channel the funds through UNICEF as part of its support to enhance health and educational systems as well as essential water, sanitation and hygiene services in emerging countries.

 

“These are challenging times for everyone all over the world. It is more important now than ever for a global collaboration to find ways to overcome the common challenges posed by COVID-19. The donation from SMBC Group to UNICEF exemplifies the commitment by SMBC Group to continue to Indonesia’s economy and society, including and especially in a time of global health crisis which has caused immediate impact in people’s livelihood,” said Ryuji Nishisaki, Senior Managing Executive Officer, Deputy Head of Global Business Unit, SMFG.

 

As a global financial group, SMBC Group is highly concerned about the impact of the pandemic on people’s lives as well as on the economy. Through its global network of companies, SMBC Group supports organizations engaged in preventing the spread of COVID-19 and the development of treatments, those engaged in humanitarian support, and efforts toward the enhancement of education, welfare, and cultural activities.

 

Since the first case of COVID-19 was reported in Indonesia, UNICEF has been leading efforts with the Government, the World Health Organization and other partners to respond to the pandemic. The support from SMBC Group will help UNICEF to continue its programs to slow the spread of COVID-19 and minimize its impact on children in Indonesia.

 

“During this extraordinary time, UNICEF is pleased to accept this assistance from SMBC Group. This will allow us to further expand our response programs to mitigate the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on the health and livelihoods of children and women,” said UNICEF Representative Debora Comini.

 

Similarly, through the BTPN Peduli initiative, Bank BTPN’s employees have gathered donations amounting to 166 million rupiah which was channeled through Perhimpunan Dokter Umum Indonesia (PDUI) to provide personal protective equipment (PPE) to various health facilities in 10 provinces throughout Indonesia.

 

“In such uncertain times, we need to stay united and prioritize collaboration to help those directly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. We are grateful to have the opportunity to partner with PDUI to help alleviate the burden of providing PPE for our health workers who are facing severe challenges in their workplaces,” said Ongki Wanadjati Dana, Chief Executive Officer of Bank BTPN.


For further information please contact:


PT Bank BTPN Tbk
Andrie Darusman – Daya & Corporate Communications Head
Telp: 021-30026200
Email: andrie.darusman@btpn.com or corporate.communications@btpn.com

 

Bank BTPN in brief

Bank BTPN is a foreign exchange bank and is a merger between PT Bank Tabungan Pensiunan Nasional Tbk (BTPN) and PT Bank Sumitomo Mitsui Indonesia (SMBCI). Bank BTPN is focusing to serve the mass market segment comprising of retirees, micro-, small- and medium-enterprises (MSME) and mass market; the consuming class segment; and corporate segment. The business focuses are supported by Bank BTPN business units including BTPN Sinaya– a financing business unit, BTPN Purna Bakti– a business unit focusing to serve retirees, BTPN Mitra Usaha Rakyat– a business unit focusing on micro businesses, BTPN Mitra Bisnis– a business unit focusing on serving small and medium enterprises, BTPN Wow!– a financial inclusiveness focusing on the unbanked segment, Jenius– a digital banking platform serving the consuming class segment, and corporate business unit which focuses on serving national, multinational and Japanese companies. BTPN also has a subsidiary namely theBTPN Syariahwhich focuses on serving customers from the mass market. Through the Daya Program, which is a sustainable and measurable empowerment program for the mass market, Bank BTPN regularly gives training and information to improve the customers’ capacity so they can grow and have a chance to live better.