Earth Day Webinar in Midst of COVID-19: Sustainable Sourcing

To coincide with the celebration of Earth Day in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, IBCSD together with WWF Indonesia and  Accenture Indonesia launched a “Sustainable Procurement Guide” aimed at companies engaged in the retail, hospitality and restaurant industries. This joint initiative is part of the ‘Green Lifestyle’ program initiated by IBCSD since 2017 to encourage changes in community values, institutions and ways of life that support sustainable consumption and production, and WWF-Indonesia’s efforts to advocate the implementation of business practices that prioritize the principles of sustainability .

The Sustainable Procurement Guide covers five commodity procurement focuses, namely oil palm, wood and paper, seafood, plastics and energy and consists of three parts namely on the concept of sustainability and its benefits; steps that companies need to go through to achieve sustainable procurement; and self-assessment to measure the company’s readiness to implement sustainable procurement.

As a start, PT Hero Supermarket Tbk, PT Wahana Citra Nabati, PT L’Oreal Indonesia, PT Tetra Pak Indonesia, PT Graha Bumi Hijau (Tessa), PT Narendra Lentera Adisakti (Alila Hotel Solo), PT Faber-Castell International Indonesia, PT Foods and Beverages Indonesia (Chatime), and PT Lion Super Indo, have stated their commitment to support the implementation of this guide.

This guide was launched in the midst of the alleged Covid-19 pandemic, one of which, originated from zoonosis, which is the transmission of the virus from wildlife to humans. Zoonoses can occur directly due to wildlife meat sales and consumption activities, and indirectly from commodity production and consumption activities that ignore environmental impacts and thus create environmental conditions that are conducive to mutations and the spread of viruses.

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