SHIFT Workshop on Business and Human Rights in Semarang, Central Java

On 27-28 June 2019 at Semarang State University, Central Java, companies and business companies in Indonesia attended a workshop on “Applying the UN Guiding Principles for Due Diligence and Human Rights Reporting”. The 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) and KADIN Central Java.

This workshop aims to show how a good sustainability report – which is in line with the UN Business Guidelines and Human Rights Principles can improve companies’ human rights performance. The training was attended by 30 participants from 18 companies in Indonesia from various sectors and 2 academic institutions.

The opening remarks was delivered by Dr.Matitah, as Deputy Dean of the Law Faculty of Semarang State University, Central Java, Mr. Dhoni Prawasto, as Deputy Chair of the Central Java KADIN Business Law and Ethics, and Mrs. Susi Rai Azizi as Deputy Chairperson of the KADIN Indonesia Business Ethics Committee, and Mr. Anugraha Dezmercoledi, as Co- chair of IGCN Business & Human Rights Working Group (B & HRWG).

Ms. Mairead Keigher and Ms. Erika Piquero from Shift delivered 4 training sessions, namely, the company’s responsibility to respect human rights, identify and prioritize human rights issues, implement responsibilities to respect human rights, and open communication about human rights. At each session, the company was given the opportunity to negotiate, ask questions, and analyse case studies on business and human rights. This training aim to advance the implementation of business and human rights in Indonesia. Through capacity building and knowledge sharing, the business world can respect human rights and work together with the wider community.



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