Even though the effort of eradication of corruption in Indonesia still facing the tough challenges, IBL through the Business Ethics Program has been continuously and consistently promoting anti corruption, anti bribery and anti gratification since 2000. Today the effort has gained an extensive support from corporate, the government and NGOs. Its collaboration with KPK and the Centre for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) since 2004 in undertaking educational campaign has empowered more than 3000 corporate, business people, government officials and civil society leaders through workshop series in various cities across Indonesia. The on going anti corruption campaign has been further enhanced by Collective Action Declaration supported by Siemens.
Collective Action for Fighting Corruption is a collaborative and sustained process of cooperation among stakeholders (private sectors, society and government), especially private sectors to fight against corruption and bribery. It increases the impact and credibility of individual action, brings vulnerable individual players into an alliance of like-minded organizations and levels the playing field between competitors.
This initiative is coordinated and facilitated by Indonesia Business Links, endorsed by Komisi Pemberantasan Korupsi, supported by PT. Siemens Indonesia and PT. PLN (Persero), and in collaboration with Transparency International Indonesia, Partnership for Governance Reform, and Indonesia Procurement Watch. It is targeting National and Multi-national Corporation to join in this initiative.
Business understand that corruption is both socially destructive and endemic in many areas. Society and business benefit where corruption is driven from markets - and where fair competition on the merits of goods and services, reduced costs and better value to the customer are therefore possible
Smart business therefore apply different anticorruption practices and efforts, including Collective Action, in a variety of ways. With the continuing and growing attention on corruption from the media, regulators, and society in general, companies are well advised to be proactive rather than passive in this area.
Strategically, using Collective Action is a tangible demonstration of a company's commitment to many of the principles underlying corporate social responsibility and "effective" compliance program activities. Ancillary corporate benefits may develop from these practices as third party stakeholders (investors, non-governmental organizations and regulators) recognize a company's emphasis on positive and sustainable business behavior.
To address the challenges young people face in Indonesia when entering the labor force or starting their own business, the International Youth Foundation (IYF) and the Caterpillar Foundation have launched EquipYouth, a program that will provide 450 local youth with a package of services that includes technical job and life skills training as well as post-training support. The program will be implemented through Indonesia Business Links, an Indonesian non-profit founded in 1998 to promote corporate social responsibility through advocacy and partnerships.
Through EquipYouth, participants will receive classroom training focused on preparing them for careers as welders, electricians, automotive repair, maintenance providers and fork lift operators. Youth will also receive a life skills training component that includes such issues as workforce readiness, community engagement, and strategies to become self-sufficient. Upon completion of the training program, trainees will enroll in an internship to put the skills they learn in the classroom into practice.
The program is part of a global EquipYouth partnership between IYF and the Caterpillar Foundation that will provide 8,000 young people in Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Russia, Singapore, and South Africa with market-relevant life and job skills training along with internships, on-the-job training and employment placement services.
The EquipYouth program in Indonesia will serve as a model to generate lessons and identify best practices relating to public-private partnerships that can be used to expand access to further training for disadvantaged youth.
CSR for Better Life
The CSR for Better Life program bringing companies to undertake collective actions in addressing environmental problems. One of them is fostering partnership in the Water Access, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) sector, in collaboration with the private sector and the Department of Public Works since 2008. Commencing 2010, IBL facilitates a coalition of companies in promoting sustainable packaging wastes. Initially 6 major manufacturers of consumer products, food/beverage, and packaging materials take up the leadership in piloting a program for community collection of packaging wastes. In parallel, IBL also coordinate GEMAS (Gerakan Mengelola Sampah) program building a culture of doing the right thing with wastes.
CEO Breakfast is regular roundtable meetings inviting CEOs (top management) to discuss various hot topics on CSR in Indonesia. It has been conducted quarterly since its establishments, and can be more often depending on needs.
CSR Conference and Expo
Since 2006, IBL has been conducting three international conference on CSR every 2 years. This events are usually attended by over 300 corporate executives, donor agencies, national and international NGOs, government, and other key stakeholders. Over 60 national and international speakers contributed in each Conference.
Youth Economic Empowerement (YEE)
The Youth Economic Empowerement (YEE) program is a collaborative project between Plan International and Indonesia Business Links (IBL) which seeks to empower 1000 disadvantaged youth (15-29 years), mainly female youths, from 2011 to 2014. This project is a replication of an earlier program namely Youth Employment & Entrepreneurship Initiative (YEEI) jointly implemented by Indonesia Business Links & International Youth Foundation (IYF) & supported by USAID. The YEE program is intended to increase the youth's household economic security in rural districts of Grobogan (Central Java) through provision of the life-skills, technical and vocational and entrepreneurship trainings and business mentoring.
Young Entrepreneurs Start-up (YES)
Young Entrepreneurs Start-up (YES) programme addresses youth unemployment problem which is significant challenge for Indonesia community. The programme was jointly founded by IBL, Shell, Standard Chartered Bank, McKinsey & Company, and Yayasan Progressio Indonesia in 2003. The aim of this programme is to empower youth through awareness campaign, selection of high-potential youth-own business to be supported, and provision of business development support services which include mentoring, business management trainings, and access to finance and market. There has been hundred of young entrepreneurs assisted to date, and the number is expanding in collaboration with various organizations and corporations partners. The program is replicated and induces the establishments of local entrepreneurs clubs (YES Club)