Indonesia goes digital! In late September, the first digital Dari Usaha Ke Usaha (DUKU) training on corruption prevention took place. Unlike the traditional face-to-face format, the virtual counterpart is divided into four modules that were carried out over two days. The DUKU training seeks to promote clean business practices and fair competition as a mean to a stable, secure and responsible business investment climate. Bearing this in mind, the training programme aims to assist small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with little or no experience in countering corruption to develop and implement effective corruption prevention mechanisms. The first digital DUKU training was supported by the Association of Women Across Professions (PPLIPI) West Java and welcomed twenty representatives of SMEs operating in different sectors of the Indonesian economy.
Starting the session, Stevany Eleonor Joseph, Legal and Compliance Officer at PT Otsuka Indonesia, pointed out different types of corruption and grey areas in everyday business. As part of the first module, she conveyed the importance of national and international laws related to corruption, providing participants with knowledge of the global anti-corruption framework. During the session, participants got actively engaged and discussed different kinds of practices that could be categorised as corruption or grey areas.
Subsequently, Royani Lim, Executive Secretary of the Bhumiksara Foundation, explained how to develop and implement an effective compliance management system following international best practices and taking into account the results of the previous risk analysis. “Corruption prevention can be achieved by implementing the three-steps-approach consisting of internal and external measures as well as Collective Action,” she stressed and encouraged the participants to get involved in further anti-corruption efforts, e.g. by participating in the trainings and events offered by the Alliance for Integrity.
On the second day of the training programme, Royani Lim highlighted sanctions and incentives to prevent corruption and promote integrity. In this module, the participants were further introduced to the United Nations Global Compact Management Model as an ongoing process to combat corruption. Yanto Sidik Pratiknyo, Trainer at Indonesia Business Links (IBL), concluded the training underlining the importance of Collective Action between the public and private sectors as well as civil society. SMEs in particular benefit from the pooling of resources, peer-learning and the sharing of knowledge. Good practice examples from other companies can provide impulses to implement digital and innovative approaches in SMEs.
Wrapping up the discussion, the participants clearly pointed out that corruption is one of the main obstacles to a fair business environment with equal opportunities for all. Corruption prevention trainings like this are highly relevant to build resilient companies and consequently a sustainable economy. In line with this, the Alliance for Integrity will continue promoting business integrity in the Indonesian ecosystem and beyond – with new and innovative tools that enable companies to react flexibly to unprecedent situations as we experience them right now.
Author: Alhayyu Shafira Wahyu Putri