PT Mowilex Indonesia, the first Indonesian paint manufacturing company to be certified CarbonNeutral®, has been selected as a winner of the prestigious ACES (Asia Corporate Excellence & Sustainability) Awards in the “Best Performing Asian Company” category.
The award is in recognition of the company’s leadership position across its businesses and in corporate responsibility and sustainability.
The company, which focuses on the premium segment of paints, wood coatings and other building materials, has been at the forefront of sustainability for more than 50 years and has long been recognised as one of the leaders in corporate sustainability and environmental management.
“We are honoured to receive such a prestigious award,” said Mr Niko Safavi, CEO of PT Mowilex Indonesia.
“We were chosen from a candidate pool of very professionally managed companies, some of whom are internationally recognised global brands. I believe the panel was able to see the dedication and commitment that has for decades been a symbol of pride for our company,” he added.
One of the hallmarks of Mowilex’s culture, as a privately held company, has been to embrace many of the standards typically expected by public companies.
These include audits by globally recognised firms, safety measures, rigorous QC standards, process improvement programmes, fully meritocratic work culture and much more.
The company prides itself on being an ethical, contemporary market leader
Ms Tania Ariningtyas, Environmental Affairs Manager at PT Mowilex Indonesia, reiterated the long history of the company’s core values: “We realise that many of our sustainability initiatives consume great amounts of capital but we see them as investments in Indonesia, investments in our own future and a way to make sure our interests are aligned with the expectations of contemporary consumers who demand more than just product quality,” she said.
PT Mowilex Indonesia has achieved major milestones throughout its history, such as being the first in Indonesia to manufacture water-based paints in 1970.
In 2019, PT Mowilex Indonesia became the first manufacturer in Indonesia to be certified CarbonNeutral® and the only company in its sector committing to major reductions in plastic usage.
In response to the current COVID pandemic, in April 2020 the company and its dedicated employees supported the healthcare community by manufacturing and donating PPEs and hand sanitisers.
Furthermore, in April 2020, the company was hailed by the Ministry of Labour for being the only one among 126 firms to pass a distancing and hygiene audit.
“Mowilex, the coatings manufacturer that for decades has focused on product innovation and customer service, can no longer shy away from the growing attention it receives for their long history of corporate sustainability.
"For more than 50 years the company has successfully challenged global rivals that dwarf it in comparison across all their markets, yet Mowilex has gained a commendable share of the local premium market in a crowded and very competitive field. By staying true to their core values, Mowilex has earned the trust of professionals, and slowly built a recognised consumer brand, while being respectful to the communities it serves,” said Shanggari Balakrishnan, CEO of ACES. “We see Mowilex as an ethical contemporary market leader,” she continued.
Ms Tania Ariningtyas added that, “we collaborate closely with our Singapore-based parent company, Asia Coatings Enterprises on our sustainability initiatives. What we have achieved reflects a true commitment at the shareholder level. For example, our shareholders committed to a five-year programme by Conservation International to protect a large and important whale shark habitat in Indonesia.
“Winning this was a great surprise and raises the bar for us and everyone in Indonesia,” she continued.