Sustainable Business Awards 2019

The winning companies of the 2019 Sustainable Business Awards (SBA) were announced at Jakarta, February 21st, in the presence of Minister Suharso Monoarfa, Minister of National Development Planning. This edition of the Awards saw greater participation by local Indonesian companies, and particularly from the Energy sector. Indonesian businesses display strong corporate initiatives in the areas of Community and Strategy & Sustainability Management. However, there is a large room for improvement in areas of environmental management – such as in Climate Change, Land Use & Biodiversity, Energy Management, Water Management, and Waste & Material Productivity. This year, the National Advisory Panel did not award any company for efforts in Climate Change.

“In this year’s Awards, unfortunately we don’t have a winner in the climate change category. This isn’t because there weren’t any businesses working on the issue. Yes, we have many companies with great initiatives to concur the climate change issue, but we need more.,” Shinta Kamdani, President of IBCSD.  “All businesses – especially those that to date have been silent on the threat of environmental and social challenges – need to step-up to raise ambition and actions to tackle the problems, to achieve our sustainable development goals,” she continues.

In his keynote speech, Mr. Suharso M. the minister of National Development Planning Indonesia (BAPPENAS) put emphasis on the importance of SDGs, quote “SDGs is a business opportunity, not a business burden. SDGs is an investment opportunity for creating higher returns in the future”.

Currently in its 8th year running, SBA Indonesia is organised by Global Initiatives, alongside local partners PwC Indonesia, Indonesian Business Council for Sustainable Development (IBCSD), Control Union and the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KADIN). Global Initiatives has also released the inaugural SBA Indonesia Insights Report, which outlines the best practices and trends of sustainable business practices in Indonesia. 

An advisory panel advised on the winners:

  •  Irhoan Tanudiredja, Senior Partner, PwC Indonesia
  •  Bayu Krisnamurthi, Former Deputy Minister of Trade and Agriculture/ Chairman, Indonesian Society of Agricultural Economics
  •  Shinta Widjaja Kamdani, President, Indonesia Business Council for Sustainable Development (IBCSD)
  •  Endy Bayuni, The Editor-in-Chief, The Jakarta Post
  •  Erna Witoelar, Founder, Chairperson and Governing Board Member, KEHATI Foundation
  •  Josaphat Rizal Primana, Directorate for Energy, Mineral, and Mining Resources, BAPPENAS
  •  Denny Situmorang, Head of Finance, Control Union
  •  Anthony Gourlay, Former CEO, Global Initiatives
  •  Shefali Chaddha, COO, Global Initiatives

"Pursuing sustainable development makes companies more competitive, more resilient and adaptable in a fast-changing world, and more prepare for the future."