SHIFT Workshop on Business and Human Rights in DKI JakartaNadia Fadhila
On June 24-25 2019 at the Meridien Hotel, Jakarta, companies in Indonesia attended workshops on “Applying the UN Guiding Principles to Human Rights Due Diligence and Reporting “. This workshop was led by Shift in partnership with the Global Compact Network Indonesia (IGCN) and supported by the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KADIN Indonesia).
The aim of this initiative is to show how good sustainability reports – which are in line with the UN Business and Human Rights Guiding Principles- can improve human rights performance. The training was attended by companies in Indonesia from various sectors. The attendees included representatives of Unilever, Danone, Asia Pulp Paper, Sinar Mas, Adaro, and others.
Y.W. Junardy as President of IGCN and Rakhmat Junaidi as Chairperson of the KADIN Indonesia Business Ethical Committee have delivered an opening speech. Y.W. Junardy stated the need to increase the scale of Business and Human rights training in Indonesia. Hopefully the training will increase the participation and knowledge of business actors in carrying out the UNGP BHR. Rakhmat Junaidi fully support the training initiative. He thinks that it is important to translate business and human rights concepts for business practitioners.
On the first day, Mairead Keigher and Erika Piquero from Shift delivered 4 training sessions on the companies responsibility to respect human rights, identifying and prioritising salient human rights issues, implementing responsibilities to respect human rights, and human rights disclosure. In each session companies were encourage discuss, ask questions, and work on business and human rights case studies. On the second day, the company held a follow-up discussion on business and human rights.
This training is expected to continue to promote the implementation of business and human rights in Indonesia. Through increasing capacity and knowledge, businesses can respect human rights and work together with community.