Social Responsibility (SR) Asia as a networking organization promoting social responsibility for sustainable development in Asia has successfully organized its 4th international conference on November 25th – 27th in Jakarta, Indonesia. The Conference conveyed the theme of “Welcoming SDGs: Global Partnership for Sustainable Development” to raise public awareness on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), primarily in Indonesia. The first day of Conference was held in Atma Jaya Catholic University of Indonesia and then in Paramadina Graduate School for the second and third day.
The Conference itself was a result of a partnership among a number of stakeholder groups consisting of the Indonesian ministry and government agency, industry, consulting sector, higher education, and leading organization in sustainability. They were the Ministry of Manpower of the Republic of Indonesia; Asian Productivity Organization (APO) Japan; Indonesia Global Compact Network (IGCN); Indonesia Business Council for Sustainable Development (IBCSD); Atma Jaya Catholic University of Indonesia; Paramadina Graduate School; Trisakti University; SR Asia; Aicon Global Indonesia; Dasa Strategik Indonesia; kabarcsr.com; KBR radio network; BUMN Insight magazine; Unilever Indonesia; Bank BNI; United Nations Center for Regional Development (UNCRD); Indonesia Cleaner Production National Center (PPBN); and International Partnership for Expanding Management Services of Local Authorities (IPLA).
About one hundred and forty delegates participated in the Conference and joined various activities, which were plenary sessions; breakout sessions; C-suite session or CEO breakfast meeting; and paper presentation and awarding. A number of high-level hosts and speakers from government bodies and respected organizations at national and international level presented ideas, experiences and the latest trends in sustainability issues, such as corporate accountability, sustainable business, sustainable tourism, sustainable marine, sustainable city, green building, biodiversity, and climate change.
Opening in the first day was remarked by hitting the “gong” ceremony of five people, which were Endah Murniningtyas as the Deputy of Maritime and Natural Resources of the State Minister of National Development Planning / National Development Planning Agency (BAPPENAS); Estiarti Haryani as the Head of National Productivity Organization (NPO) Indonesia; Birendra Raturi as the International Director of SR Asia; YW Junardy as the Board Member of UN Global Compact and the President of Indonesia Global Compact Network (IGCN); and Semerdanta Pusaka as the Country Director of SR Asia Indonesia and the Head of Committee. The ceremony reflected the partnership of various organizations contributing to the event. After the ceremony, the Conference presented key note speeches from IGCN and IBCD and three plenary sessions.
In the second day, a limited C-suite session or CEO breakfast meeting was presented by IBCSD. The session was attended by a number of CEO and Directors of large Indonesia and foreign companies to discuss business competitiveness in sustainability era, especially in the context of corporate accountability, eco product and sustainable business practices. Aditi Haldar from Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), Osamu Uno from Japan Environment Association, and Biswadev Sengupta from Tata Motors Indonesia became the speakers in the meeting. The discussion highlighted some key issues including the needs for data technology and innovation in SDGs and also the necessity to measure the impact of SDGs implementation.
Breakout sessions, paper presentation and paper awarding were also organized in the second day of the Conference. A paper titled “The Power of Community Led Total Sanitation Program: A Collaborative Sustainable Movement for Healthier Communities” was awarded the 1st Best Paper. It was written and submitted by PT Adaro Indonesia, a leading coal mining company in Indonesia. The paper was selected as the winner after a review process of 32 papers submitted to the Committee. There were 16 papers qualified to be presented in the Conference but only 13 papers were finally presented in the event. Reviews were conducted by a number experts from Asian countries based on particular criteria, such as the impact of the initiative on economy, social and environment; the relationship of initiative with the core business or activities of the organization; and the quality of writing and its compliance to the writing guidelines.
In the third day or the last day, the Conference presented a half-day expert session to discuss the results of previous sessions and come up with a number of recommendations for stakeholders to put SDGs in practice. The recommendations highlighted the three pillars of SDGs implementation, namely People, Process and Partnership, to make SDGs successful and be able to deliver positive impacts on the economy, social and environment. The details of recommendation will be publicly announced in December 2015 prior to the official implementation of SDGs in 2016. [kabarCSR.com /RR]