IGCN Annual General Meeting & Members Gathering 2024 and The Launch of the UN Global Compact Forward Faster Initiative in Indonesia, “Driving Companies to Move ‘Forward Faster’”

Indonesia Global Compact Network (IGCN) proudly held the Annual General Meeting & Members Gathering for 2024. This event coincided with the launch of the Forward Faster Initiative in Indonesia. This significant event occurred on Thursday, 13 June 2024, at the esteemed UNIKA Atma Jaya. The gathering was themed “Driving Companies to Move Forward Faster,” reflecting the ambitious agenda to accelerate sustainable development. The event saw an impressive turnout, bringing together 198 participants representing 96 diverse companies and organizations, including various government bodies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and academic institutions. Moreover, the presence of 54 high-level attendees added a layer of prestige to the proceedings.

The meeting kicked off with a celebration of IGCN’s achievements in 2023. There was a heartfelt expression of gratitude towards the IGCN Board members who served from 2021 to 2024, recognizing their dedicated efforts and leadership. Among those honored were prominent figures such as Dr. (H.C.) Martha Tilaar, Prof. Emil Salim, Ph.D., Mr. Y. W. Junardy, Dr. (Hon.) Ir. Erna Witoelar, and Mr. Joe Kamdani. These individuals were specially acknowledged for their significant contributions to the network’s success and the broader sustainability movement in Indonesia.

The event featured a series of keynote speeches that underscored its importance. Prof. Yuda Turana, Rector of UNIKA Atma Jaya, delivered a compelling address highlighting the institution’s commitment to sustainable development. Ms. Gita Sabharwal, the UN Resident Coordinator in Indonesia, spoke passionately about the critical role of partnerships in achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Mr. Yanuar Nugroho, Expert Coordinator at the National Secretariat of SDGs Implementation, Bappenas RI, emphasized the necessity of collaborative efforts to advance the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The gathering also outlined the IGCN Strategic Plan 2024, providing a roadmap for future initiatives. This was followed by the highly anticipated launch of the Forward Faster initiative in Indonesia. This initiative aims to accelerate businesses’ efforts in supporting the 2030 Agenda. Sixteen companies committed to raising their ambition to foster sustainable development. The commitment ceremony, marked by a live signing, was a significant event highlight, symbolizing a unified pledge towards a sustainable future.

The 16 companies that committed to the Forward Faster initiative are:

  1. ETFLIN Publishing House
  2. HHP Law Firm
  3. P.T. Alpha Indo Nusa
  4. PT APP Purinusa Ekapersada
  5. PT Austindo Nusantara Jaya Tbk
  6. PT Bangun Putra Pesaka
  7. PT Domas Agrointi Prima
  8. PT Indah Kiat Pulp & Paper Tbk
  9. PT Lemonpotts Sinergi Indonesia (Bee Well)
  10. PT Martina Berto Tbk, Martha Tilaar Group
  11. P.T. Paragon Technology and Innovation
  12. PT Perkebunan Nusantara IV
  13. PT Pertamina (Persero)
  14. PT Prasadha Pamunah Limbah Industri (PPLI)
  15. PT Santi Lisana Cendekia (TISANDE)
  16. PT TBS Energi Utama Tbk

The success of this event would not have been possible without the generous support of several sponsors. IGCN extends its profound appreciation to UNIKA Atma Jaya for hosting the event and to the sponsors who made the gathering possible. These sponsors include PT Gram Anugerah Indonesia, PT Pertamina (Persero), PT Coca-Cola Europacific Partners Indonesia, APP Group, Martha Tilaar Group, PT Paragon Technology and Innovation, PT Kino Indonesia Tbk, PT Kalbe Farma Tbk, and the Indonesian Fashion Designers and Entrepreneurs Association (APPMI).

The event concluded on a high note, marking a significant step forward in driving collective action towards the 2030 Agenda. It reaffirmed the commitment of Indonesian companies to sustainable development and global collaboration. The enthusiastic participation and pledges made by the companies reflect a growing recognition of the importance of sustainability and the vital role businesses play in achieving the SDGs. This event highlighted IGCN’s achievements and plans, setting a strong foundation for continued progress and collaboration in the years to come.

Prof. Dr. Dr. Yuda Turana, Sp. S (K), as Chancellor of Atma Jaya Catholic University (UNIKA Atma Jaya), stated:

“We are very proud to host and welcome esteemed guests to this IGCN activity. Atma Jaya sees the ‘Forward Faster’ initiative as a way to expand its global network, providing a platform for members to create networks and connect with partners from various business fields. At Atma Jaya, we are committed to fostering meaningful collaborations. The ties we are building now are connections and a path towards increasing shared knowledge and collaborative learning to create a better future.”

Yanuar Nugroho, Ph.D., as Coordinator of the TPB/SDGs National Secretariat Expert Team at the Ministry of National Development Planning/Bappenas, stated:

“With the theme and topic that we are promoting, namely “Forward Faster”, this can be a momentum to make the business world partner more strategically with the academic world. The academic world can provide an intellectual avenue when you have to think about something related to the future. So this forum can provide innovation and good coordination, like now where we are collaborating with Atma Jaya to carry out this activity.”

Gita Sabharwal, as UN Resident Coordinator in Indonesia, stated:

“I am honored to join this important annual event, which brings together business leaders, policymakers, and the United Nations to accelerate the agenda of “Moving Faster.” Deepening this collaboration is critical in today’s complex geopolitical context, with the private sector playing a key role in maintaining a path of high growth and a just transition.”

Y.W. Junardy one of the Founders of IGCN, President Commissioner of PT Rajawali Corpora, stated:

“We are excited to organize this important event, which underscores our commitment to driving sustainable growth and strengthening collaboration among our members and stakeholders. The 2024 IGCN Annual General Meeting & Member Meeting promises to be a valuable platform for networking, exchanging ideas, and shaping the future of sustainable business practices in Indonesia.”

Josephine Satyono, Executive Director of the Indonesia Global Compact Network, stated:

“There is no better time than now to accelerate our progress towards 2030. ‘Forward Faster’ is an important effort we are making to collaborate with companies to achieve the biggest and fastest impact on the sustainability mission. Additionally, through the Members Gathering agenda, we create valuable opportunities for member companies of the Global Compact Network Indonesia to meet, collaborate, and strengthen their shared commitment to achieving global sustainability goals.”