The need for good corporate citizenship programmes has been tremendously increasing in Indonesia in the last 2 years. Increasing external pressure for CSR practices, the need of social acceptability and security, are the main motivators of companies operating in Indonesia for implementing CSR practices. Mistrust between multi-stakeholder (private sector, government, and civil society) has also been recognized as the core of many of the obstacles that hindered investment in the country. Along with that, there is a strong interest for corporate staffs (including their spouses) to find a learning forum, a like-minded organization such as IBL, to exchange ideas and share experiences.
Successes of IBL in implementing good corporate governance programmes in the last 4 years have generated increased support from international donors.
When IBL faced a grave financial problem in 2002 (end of DfID funding), Ford Foundation provided a major grant to cover administrative or routine expenses of the IBL secretariat until 2005. During the next 3 years (2005-2007), Ford Foundation will extend its grant to help IBL grow further (operational wise) as well to develop its programmes.
Benefits to Corporate Partners
IBL provides an effective platform for companies to demonstrate leadership on corporate social responsibility (CSR) practices in Indonesia.
Specifically, being a corporate partner/sponsor to IBL, company will:
- Enhance reputation in Indonesia (and internationally) as a responsible corporate citizen through its active participation in IBL programme activities;
- Improve human resources capacity through participation in IBL training/workshops;
- Enhance networking among reputable blue-chip companies in Indonesia (and internationally), as well as other stakeholders (government and civil society);
- Obtain free access to information on local and international CSR-related activities/events and issues;
- Obtain free facilitation on CSR self-assessment and benchmarking;
- Obtain access to competitive services on CSR-related development and partnership building; and
- Provide a channel to address issues hindering the implementation of CSR in Indonesia
Other Organizations Promoting Good Governance
Since the beginning of the economic crisis in 1998 there have been other organizations also actively promoting good public as well as corporate governance and it is IBL's intention to find its own niche in this area.
Focusing IBL's product and service characteristics is, therefore, important as well as communicating the distinguishing characteristics of its CSR programmes.
Also, building up its contacts and network with other organizations with a similar mission is important in developing a stronger alliance among committed corporates in the cause of joint CSR programmes and activities.