In 2020 Right People Renewable Energy (RPRE) won the INSEAD Alumni Association Singapore ‘Business As A Force For Good’ Award. We caught up with RPRE founder Robin Pho GEMBA’17 for an update on what his company has been up to since winning the award.
PEOPLE: Despite the COVID pandemic, we’ve tripled our employment headcount, including hiring people with disabilities. We’ve also partnered with JRS and UNHCR, to provide long term employment to Afghanistan refugees in their Jakarta office. In 2020, we won a B Lab award for “Best for Environment, and Best for Workers”, putting us in the top 5% of all certified B Corporations globally.
PLANET: We’re working on some very exciting decarbonisation projects involving solar and energy storage systems, including large scale floating solar projects in Batam, Indonesia, allowing clean energy to be exported to land scarce Singapore. We also continue to work on social impact projects, including Willing Hearts, a charity in Singapore, and a wind turbine project for a Refugee Learning Center in Bogor, Indonesia.
PROFIT: Since winning the BAFG Award, our revenue and pipeline of projects have grown significantly. We’ve successfully raised funding from New Energy Nexus, Loyal VC, and have been approached by other investors to further fund their growth plans.
Parting comment: It’s really heartening to see INSEAD alumni using business as a force for good and I’m looking forward to seeing many more purposeful and impactful companies sprout from the INSEAD eco-system. After all, INSEAD is the business school FOR the world.