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(Jakarta, 6 February 2018) — To promote the importance of business and human rights issues in Indonesia, Global Compact Network Indonesia held a Regional Workshop on Business and Human Rights from 5 to 6 February. The workshop was organized in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Indonesia, European Union (EU) and International NGO Forum on Indonesian Development (INFID), and facilitated by OXFAM GB in Indonesia.
Aimed at strengthening multi-stakeholder cooperation in implementing the United Nations Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights in Southeast Asia — and in particular Indonesia — the workshop attracted 200 participants from Government, civil society, labour unions, research centres, business and international agencies from ASEAN and neighbouring countries.
The workshop was held following the Jakarta International Conversation (JIC) on Human Rights led by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. JIC was held in the occasion of the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in December 2017, which welcomed H.E. Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, who came under the invitation of the Government of Indonesia. JIC was intended to evaluate the current stage of the promotion and protection of human rights in the region as well as to explore and share best practices and lessons learned, in overcoming challenges and advancing cooperation of human rights.
In his opening remarks at the Regional Workshop on Business and Human Rights, Mr. Y.W. Junardy, president of Global Compact Network Indonesia, highlighted the importance of respecting and supporting human rights as one of the most fundamental areas of corporate sustainability. Mr. Charles-Michel Geurts, representative of the EU Delegation to Indonesia and Brunei Darussalam, also conveyed that business and human rights issues have become one of the EU’s top priorities. It was conveyed that all parties involved in the workshop were relevant stakeholders to implement the Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights. The EU also plays an active role in applying these principles through the Human Rights Guides for Business System.
In this two-day workshop, the Indonesian Network also invited several other Global Compact Local Networks from the region. Mr. Netithorn Praditsarn, Deputy Secretary General, Global Compact Network Thailand, contributed at “Best Practice from Private Sector in Advancing the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights” session, while Ms. Yayu E. Javier, Chairperson, Global Compact Network Philippines spoke during a session titled “Addressing Gender Rights in Advancing the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.” Members of the Global Compact Network Indonesia Board also participated in the workshop, including Ms. Yanti Triwadiantini, Advisor, Global Compact Network Indonesia, who moderated a session on “Best Practices from the Private Sector in Advancing the Guiding Principles."
This forum served as a multi-stakeholder dialogue platform for networking, knowledge sharing and exchanging experience on business and human rights practices and the implementation of the Guiding Principles. The participants heard updates on the adoption of the Guiding Principles in Southeast Asia, ASEAN Regional Strategy on Business and Human Rights, as well as best practice cases from the private sector.
Soraya Windy Rahmita
Program Manager — Communications and Relations
Global Compact Network Indonesia
About Global Compact Network Indonesia
Global Compact Network Indonesia is a Local Network of the United Nations Global Compact, the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative. A call for companies to equate strategy and operations with the universally accepted principles on human rights, labour, the environment and anti-corruption, and take action that can advance the sustainable development. www.indonesiagcn.org