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Is Indonesia on the Road to Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability?

NEWS | 14 November 2017

The Most Valued Business (MVB) Annual Conference was held recently in the ultra-cool campus of BINUS Northumbria University School of Design, FX Sudirman. The conference objectives were to stimulate discussion, consideration and implementation of more responsible practices in members companies and in the communities in which they operate, by providing inspiring and informative presentations from two sources:

  • Experts in specific fields who could open up discussion in new areas and provide new ideas for increased sustainability, ethical employment, safety and security, environmental friendliness, as well as better business practices, and improved core corporate values.
  • Members who are already implementing good practices in their businesses and through their CSR programs and who can fast-track others to replicate their success and achievement.

The opening presentation was made by MVB Indonesia Chairman, Alistair G. Speirs, “From the Old Enlightenment to the New Enlightenment”, which was followed by a welcome speech by Karen Peyronnin Imam, Director of BINUS Global. The conference was then honored by an introduction by H.E. British Ambassador, Moazzam Malik, on “How BP prioritized the Papua Community and how UK helped Indonesia’s timber trade to be the world’s first ethically certified wood”. A fascinating start to a very different conference.

The speeches and presentations then continued with the following:

A presentation by Dewi Fitriasari (BINUS University) who spoke on “SDGs for Indonesia: Relations Between Prior CSR Activities and Sustainability”.

Dewi Fitriasari, Ph.D., CSRA., CMA completed doctoral degree in Accounting from Aarhus University, Denmark. She is active at the national and international levels in initiatives relating to sustainability and sustainability accounting. She receives international research funding and serves either as a chair, a presenter, a panelist or a scientific committee member in international and national conferences in accounting and sustainability. Dewi Fitriasari currently serves as the Interest Group Leader, Research and Technology Transfer at BINUS University International to nurture and facilitate people in educating themselves. “Learning is an endless journey in life”, is her motto.

A presentation by Magnus Ramstad Dahl (EAT Foundation) whose subject was “Healthy People and Healthy Planet”.

Magnus Ramstad Dahl completed his B.Sc. study, Business and Economics from the Norwegian Business School and the Singapore/Norway level program masters from the Norwegian School of Entrepreneurship in 2015. He is the Partnership Manager of Southeast Asia  at the Norwegian NGO, working with the Global Partnership team in Oslo on securing private sector funding from Indonesian and ASEAN companies for EAT Asia-Pacific Food Forum. He is also assisting ‘EAT’ with other matters that require physical presence such as developing competence forums and other partnerships.

A presentation by Dr. Sanjukta Choudhury Kaul (BINUS University) on “Business and Disability: Exploring the Linkages”.

Dr. Sanjukta Choudhury Kaul is a full time academic at International Business program, Faculty of Business, BINA NUSANTARA University (JWC Centre, Jakarta, Indonesia). She researches and teaches Business Ethics and ASEAN business, at master’s and undergraduate levels. Sanjukta has a Ph.D. from Monash University Business School in the area of CSR and Disability at Workplace (2015). She was awarded full scholarship and school research grant. She is a recipient of the 2016 Jan Schapper Award in Critical Business Ethics. She was nominated for the 2015 Mollie Holman Doctoral Award, Monash University Best Thesis (School of Business). She is also one of the top twelve candidates selected by University of South Australia, School of Management for the 2011 International Ph.D. Student Competition (Australia). As a 2006 British Chevening Scholar, she graduated from Nottingham University Business School, UK, International Centre for CSR (ICCSR), with a distinction both for her dissertation and MA in Corporate Social Responsibility (2007, UK).

There was then a MVB Members Panel Presentations featuring :

  • Kevin Kumala (AVANI), a pioneer in bio-degradable plastic replacement products
  • Yuti Resani (STARBUCKS), who presented their community water projects across the nation
  • Daniel Mananta (DAMN I LOVE INDONESIA), whose products are designed to make Indonesia proud of its heritage

Then the formal presentations continued with a presentations by Ramsay McAuley (PEGASUS) on “Corporate Governance : Protecting your assets through Safety and Security Risk Management”.

Ramsay McAuley MBA., M.Sc., CSC., Msyl holding a Master of Business Administration and M.Sc. in Organizational Resilience. He hold formal security qualifications, including Security and Risk Management, Managing Security Surveys, Terrorism Studies. A certified Security Consultant with 22 years of experience in the Royal Military Police (UK). Also former Close Protection Team Leader at the British Embassy Jakarta from 2009-2011  and now he is the Senior Advisor at Pegasus Business Risk Management Solutions.

A presentation by Maria Nindita Radyati (CECT Trisakti University), on “Risk Mitigation and Creating Shared Value”.

Maria Nindita Radyati Ph.D., Dip. Cons., Dip. PM is a Ph.D. from University of Technology, Sydney, Australia. She is an Edupreneur (Educator and Entrepreneur). She is the Executive Director at CECT (Center for Entrepreneurship, Change and Third Sector) at Trisakti University. CECT is a research center that operates as think-thank and Consultant for private sector in the area of CSR and Social Enterprise. She is the Deputy Head of CSR Committee at the Indonesia Chamber of Commerce; Vice President Learning at IGCN (Indonesia Global Compact Network). She provided Academic Review to the House of Representative for the drafting of CSR Law.

A presentation by Wendy Kusumowidagdo (Outward Bound Indonesia) who told us “How OBI Helps the Disabled to Find Confidence!”

Then there was another MVB Members Panel Presentation consisting of:

  • Irwansyah (Grundfos), who talked about creating efficiency and reducing CO2 in business
  • Stephan Bulk (Taman Safari Indonesia), who advocated the preservation of Indonesia’s birdlife
  • Felicity Verghese (BALI BUDA), who lead us through sustainable and ethical food, and to end the presentations
  • Claire Quillet who helped us towards sustainable business through water, sanitation, and health for increased employee engagement

Finally, there was a wrap up from Alistair G. Speirs with a Call to Action for All Companies in Indonesia, with the conclusion : “Sustainability is not an alternative way of life. It is our lives”.