The Alliance for Integrity was invited by Indonesia’s Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) to take actively part in their International Business Integrity Conference (IBIC) which was held on 16 and 17 November at the Hotel Grand Sahid, Jakarta. Various stakeholders including the representatives of the Indonesian government, private sector, civil society, international organisations, and general public attended this conference. This international conference was opened by the Vice President of Indonesia, Jusuf Kalla, who welcomed the conference participants and called on stakeholders to prevent corruption, including the private sector. This is particularly important for Indonesia, as the country has ratified the United Nations Convention against Corruption since 2006, to prevent corruption in the private sector.
On 17 November, the Alliance for Integrity participated in the panel discussion on “Building Integrity and Anti-Corruption Commitments among SMEs: Challenges and Good Practices” where Doris Becker, the Programme Director of GIZ Indonesia’s Good Governance and Global Networks area, introduced the Alliance for Integrity as a global multistakeholder business-driven initiative, initiative objectives, and its global engagement as well as national activities in Indonesia. Furthermore, she shared insights from the Alliance for Integrity‘s training programme of De Empresas para Empresas, or also known as DUKU (Dari Usaha ke usaha – From companies to companies)
in Indonesia, as one the inititiative’s tools to strengthen business integrity and compliance of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
Others panelist included Suparno of the Ministry of Cooperatives and SMEs, Kemas Danial of the Indonesia Revolving Fund Institution, Retno Kristanti of the Indonesian Business Women Association and ‘I am an Anti-Corruption Woman’ national movement, Mas Achmad Daniri from the National Committee on Governance Policy, and Robi Toni from Customs. The panelists discussed anti-corruption approaches for SMEs and suggested to involve the government, private companies, and non-governmental organizations to satisfy the need of training and educational measures for SMEs. In the closing session, the representatives of KPK and other stakeholders concluded that the conference resulted in line with the values of Profit (Profesional Berintegritas – Professional and Integrity), a newly launched anti-corruption program by KPK. This momentum serves as opportunity for every stakeholder –public or private – to cooperate in promoting integrity in business practices and thereby fostering economic growth in Indonesia.