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CEO Roundtable on Business and Human Rights, 28 October 2019

IGCN in partnership with UNDP hosted a CEO Roundtable on Business and Human Rights participated by 20 high-level leaders of companies from plantation, palm oil, forestry, oil and gas, supply chain, maintenance industry, Indonesian Employers Association (APINDO) and Asosiasi Pengusaha Hutan Indonesia (APHI).

The purpose of this event was to gather decision makers and/or representatives from companies to discuss Business and Human Rights (BHR) and the importance of embedding UNGPs in their operations.

  • The opening remarks were delivered by Mrs. Herni Sri Nurbayanti, from UNDP followed by Mr. Y.W Junardy, the President of IGCN.
  • Mr. Bambang Iriana Djajaatmadja, SH. LLM, the Director of Human Rights Cooperation, Ministry of Law and Human Rights also delivered the remarks and shared about BHR from the government's perspective.
  • Mrs. Josephine Satyono, the Executive Director of IGCN introduced UN Global Compact, the 10 principles, IGCN programs on Business and Human Rights initiatives and some best practices done by IGCN member companies.
  • Mr. Satrio Anindito, the Secretary General of Business and IGCN Human Rights Working Group (BHRWG), also led a discussion about UNGPs and its implementation in the private sector that was followed by interactive discussion and sharing session where the leaders exchanged stories about their regulations and initiatives on responsible business.

The participating high levels received more insights on business sustainability in relation to BHR, as well as involved in the interactive discussion on the reality the businesses face in the field. The presence of Mr. Bambang Iriana Djajaatmadja, SH. LLM as the representative of the government in the discussion would also further straighten the role of government in dealing with cases faced by the companies.

At the end of the session, it was agreed collectively that this event should be followed by the dialogue to be led by IGCN in the future, focusing on more specific issues.

This event marked the opening for Business and Human Rights Training: Embedding UNGPs in Companies that followed immediately after the CEO Roundtable session, from 28-30 October 2019.

 

Business and Human Rights Training: Embedding UNGPs in Companies, 28-30 October 2019

The Business and Human Rights Training: Embedding UNGPs in Companies was delivered by Semerdanta Pusaka, member of VP Learning in IGCN and Rully Sandra, an academia and former Coordinator of Human Rights Resource Center for ASEAN. This training was attended by 33 participants; 31 participants from 22 companies in plantation, palm oil, forestry, oil and gas, oil refining and pulp & paper, and 2 academia from Riau University.

This training was conducted for 3 days with 7 sessions covering the relevancy and the importance of BHR for business, how to identify salient human rights, how to implement and integrate UNGPs on business operation, how to measure the performance of UNGPs implementation, and how to respond on grievances in UNGPs.

Participants by sectors:

  • Pulp & Paper
  • Forestry 
  • Agriculture
  • OleoChemistry 
  • Plantation 
  • Plywood
  • Oil & Gas 
  • Property 
  • Timber 
  • Ecosystem Restoration 
  • Outsourcing
  • Procurement & construction  
  • Maintenance

Throughout the 3-day training, the participants completed 7 worksheets that followed by interactive discussion. The participating companies were very active in sharing their experience on the field and eager to improve their capacity in dealing with stakeholders. By the end of the session, 96% participants are looking forward to receiving Due Diligence training and Training of Trainer (ToT) in the near future.