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Jakarta Post

Aprindo vouches for validity of minimarket donations

  • Winny Tang

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, December 29, 2016   /  07:56 am
Aprindo vouches for validity of minimarket donations An Alfamart convenience store in South Tangerang, Banten. (JP/Evi Mariani)

The Indonesian Retailers Association (Aprindo) emphasized on Wednesday that the collection of small change at retail stores was justifiable because the practice was done for donation purposes only.

The association made the statement in response to a Central Information Commission (KIP) ruling instructing publicly listed minimarket chain Sumber Alfaria Trijaya (Alfamart) to disclose the company’s data on public donations last week, questioning the transparency of donations collected by convenience stores from the small change consumers do not want to take.

(Read also: Minimarket donations called into question)

“All funds collected from consumers are given to the foundations chosen by retailers. So, we trust the foundations completely,” Aprindo chairman Roy N. Mandey said, highlighting that Alfamart had been working with reliable foundations such as the Indonesian Red Cross (PMI), Unicef and the Indonesian Care for Cancer Kids Foundation (YKAKI).

Last week, the KIP instructed Alfamart must publish the company’s data on public donations. The commission ruled in favor of a petition by a customer named Mustholih who filed the request for Alfamart to provide information on donations raised in its minimarkets.

Alfamart, however, appealed the ruling on Dec. 21, corporate affairs director Solihin said in a press statement. (evi/hwa)

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