Together Support The Efforts Of Doing Business With Respect For Human Rights

ELSAM, Jakarta – to support the achievement of a sustainable business that respects human rights, ELSAM in collaboration with Kadin Indonesia organized multi-party dialogue on Monday (15/07/2019), in Kadin Tower, Jakarta.

The discussion was attended by numbers of participants from ministries, institutions, companies, and civil society organizations as well.

The speaker of discussion, David Vermijs as Senior Advisor Shift who experienced in accompanying the corporate to mitigate the risk of human rights violations, Siddharta Moersjid as Chairperson of Standing Committee on Social Responsibilty Kadin Indonesia, and the Deputy Advocacy Director of ELSAM Andi Muttaqien, explained the issues about implementation of human rights principles in business activities.

To begin the discussion, Siddharta Moersjid narrated many companies still do not understand the principles of human rights respect, CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility), and SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals). Due to lack of understanding, he said, they were difficult to implement it.

Andi Muttaqien, in his description, showed a number of factors that hampered the implementation of the United Nation Guiding Principles on Business and Human rights (UNGPs) in business operations. The explanation was quoted from the research of ELSAM which just launched.

“First, the absence of coherent business and human rights policies. Second, the polycentric system to implement is not built by the NGO, the government and the company. Third, the mechanism does not expand the recovery mechanism yet” said Andi

The implementation of UNGPs Andi will find the results if good cooperation is built well among government, employers, and civil society.

In particular, David explained how to run a business with respect for human rights. In UNGPs the second pillar asked the responsibility of corporate in respecting human rights. Besides this document, it should be supported by devices that operate by the company. In a report, there was a very good reflection for the company for refinement in the future. In the second pillar about how to conceive the company responsibility, and who is prioritized. The regulation of human rights implementation is also associated with the remediation of affected victims. The approach that needs to be used by the companies or other related parties is proactive.

Sharing of experience wasalso shared from the companies which attended in this dialog. Luther, a representative of PT Freeport Indonesia shared the implementation of respect for human rights in the company. Freeport is one of the companies that already have a Department of human rights. In practice, Freeport conducts human rights training.

“We convey to our employees how they can appreciate and respect the job they do,” Luther explained.

Besides Freeport, GAR/SMART also already have a business and human rights policies that will be agreed and approved soon. PT. GAR/SMART started in 2010, built Sustainability Division to date and transformed into Directorate in 2011. In the implementation, it requires long stretches of time and high costs. After this long process, the company will enter the stage of diligence test stage.

The point of view of Komnas HAM and the National Commission of women enriched the dialogue. Based on the experience, getting complaints of human rights violation cases realized the need for good cooperation to manifest a sustainable business that respects human rights. By having multi-stakeholder dialogue, it is expected to be a space to share the experiences. Therefore, companies can start their business that respects human rights.