MVB Indonesia hosted the 2018 Sustainable Business Conference, in Raffles Jakarta. This year Conference theme, ‘Collaboration for a Better Future’ opened by MVB Chairman, Alistair Speirs and welcomed by CEO of MVB International Eamonn Sadler, December 13, 2018.
Keynote speakers were the Nordic Ambassadors who each shared their specific specialist subjects on sustainability programs in their country. The Swedish Ambassador, HE. Mrs. Marina Berg as the first keynote speaker, delivered her presentation about ‘Smart Cities and Mobility’ and what is the Sweden vision for the future. Next keynote was the Minister Counsellor and Deputy Head of Mission of the Norwegian Embassy, Bjørnar Hotvedt who shared about Norway’s experience in the sustainable use of ocean resources.
Third keynote speaker was the Finnish Ambassador, HE. Mr. Jari Sinkari who shared his presentation on ‘Waste and Circular Economy.’ And the last keynote was the Danish Ambassador, HE. Mr. Rasmus Abildgaard Kristensen, where he focused on ‘Renewable Energy Sources.’
As well as the four keynote speakers, the Conference were packed with prominent experts, Government representatives, NGO’s and multinational companies who spoke on related points on sustainability. The speakers presenting were Oswar Mungkasa, the Deputy Governor of Jakarta for Spatial Planning and Environment, Budi Santosa, the Executive Director of Indonesia Business Council for Sustainable Development (IBCSD), Anthony Cottan, the President Director of STARBUCKS Indonesia, Dr. Juniati Gunawan, Lecturer and Director of Trisakti Sustainability Center (TSC), Ratna Kartadjoemena, Partner & Director of Potato Head Family, Sashibhushan Jogani, President Director of PT. SGS Indonesia, Baruno Subroto, Security Strategic Relations and Business Continuity of Chevron Indonesia and Bijaksana Junerosano, Founder of Waste4Change.
The conference showcased companies that have demonstrated the highest critical standards in implementing good business practices such as ethical employment, corporate sustainability, environmental friendliness and good customer service based on sound corporate values.Through these important aspects, companies are encouraged toensure they are executing the most responsible business practices.The conference also served as a forum to exchange information and ideas on how businesses can convey their ethical business strategies to consumers, and to better collaborate with each other to improve efficiency.
“While we have seen much greater awareness in Indonesia on sustainability, this has yet to be translated into broad action, and most importantly into public-private sector cooperation which is the key to national sustainability” said Alistair Speirs, “with this Conference and a new relationship with Jakarta City we hope this will be the start of increased collaboration between the sectors.”