Post Date: 20 November 2019

CEO Roundtable on Business and Human Rights Training: Embedding UNGPs in Companies in Pekanbaru, 28 October 2019 

CEO Roundtable on Business and Human Rights, 28 October 2019

CEO Roundtable on Business and Human Rights, 28 October 2019

IGCN, in partnership with UNDP, convened a CEO Roundtable on Business and Human Rights on 28 October 2019 in Pekanbaru, Riau, Indonesia. Twenty high-level leaders of companies from plantations, palm oil, forestry, oil and gas, supply chain, maintenance industry, Indonesian Employers Association (APINDO), and Asosiasi Pengusaha Hutan Indonesia (APHI) actively participated at the event. 

The event aims to facilitate decision-makers and companies’ representatives to discuss Business and Human Rights (BHR) and the importance of embedding UN Guiding Principles (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 his remarks. Moreover, he talked about the government’s perspective on BHR.

Mrs. Josephine Satyono, the Executive Director of IGCN, introduced the UN Global Compact and its ten principles, IGCN programs on Business and Human Rights, and some best practices of the IGCN member companies.

Mr. Satrio Anindito, the Secretary-General of Business and IGCN Human Rights Working Group (BHRWG), also led a discussion about UNGPs. He elaborated UNGPs’ implementation in the private sector and followed by an interactive dialogue. Then, the companies’ leaders exchanged stories about their regulations and initiatives on responsible business during the sharing session.

The interactive dialogue between the high-levels corporate executives contributes to comprehensive insights about BHR. The discussions also revealed the practical reality on the field. Mr. Bambang Iriana Djajaatmadja, SH. LLM, as the representative of the government, has also clarified the role of government in various companies’ cases.

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

This event marked the opening of 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, a member of VP Learning in IGCN and Rully Sandra, academia, and former Coordinator of Human Rights Resource Center for ASEAN. Thirty-three participants attended this training; 31 participants from 22 companies from diverse sectors in plantation, palm oil, forestry, oil and gas, oil refining and pulp & paper, and two academia from Riau University.

The 3-day training comprises of seven sessions covering diverse topics, such as:

    1. Session 1: Why human rights?
    2. Session 2: Identifying Salient Human Rights Issues and Stakeholders
    3. Session 3: Embedding UNGPs in the company
    4. Session 4: Embedding UNGPs in the supply chain
    5. Session 5: Tracking UNGPs performance
    6. Session 6: Responding to grievances according to the UNGPs
    7. Session 7: Follow up

Roundtable CEO participants come from several sectors, such as pulp and paper, forestry, agriculture, oleochemicals, plantations, plywood, gas oil, property, timber, ecosystem restoration, outsourcing, procurement and construction, and maintenance.

Throughout the training, the participants have completed, and interactively discussed seven worksheets. The participating companies shared their experience on the field and eager to build their capacity in dealing with various stakeholders. By the end of the session, 96% of participants are looking forward to receiving Due Diligence Training and Training of Trainer (ToT) soon.

 

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