Tuesday, 30 June 2015 00:00

Sharing and Networking for ISO 26000-based CSR among Pulp and Paper Industry

24th June 2015, Jakarta. PAKLIM in support to the Ministry of Industry (MoI) and Indonesian Pulp and Paper Association (APKI) held the 1st Sharing and Networking event for pulp and paper industry with the focus on implementation of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) based on ISO 26000. Environment is one of the seven core subjects in ISO 26000, and therefore PAKLIM, whose objectives is to support the Government of Indonesia to reduce Greenhouse Gases (GHG) emission, saw a very good opportunity to make a positive impact to the environment by working with a leading industry such as pulp and paper to implement their CSR activities based on ISO 26000. CSR based on ISO 26000 is not only seen as charity or philanthropy, but furthermore, it must be seen as a risk management and creating a long term program to run a sustainable business. Around 20 participants, representing several leading pulp and paper industries who attended the event, have also previously attended the workshop on 8-9th April 2015 on “Coaching and Managing Action Plan: CSR based on ISO 26000”.Sharing and Networking I was intended as a follow-up activity on how the companies faces the challenges and opportunities in implementing CSR based on ISO 26000. Also attended the Sharing and Networking I were representatives from MOI, Ministry of Environment and Forestry (MoEF), APKI and Pulp and Paper Research and Training Center (BBPK).  Ibu Liana Bratasida, as APKI Executive Director, in her opening remarks was hoping that through the workshop activities, CSR will no longer be seen only as a “charity” by businesses but instead will be well-managed to create sustainable livelihood for nearby communities as well as reducing its environmental impacts. Later, Ibu Maria Dian Nurani, the trainer of PAKLIM, led a very active discussion among the participants and presented several CSR case studies from other countries, such as Egypt, Lebanon, and Jordan. This was followed with sharing session by representatives from several paper industries, including PT. Wirajaya Packindo and PT. IKPP Serang, a subsidiary of Asia Pulp and Paper group, on their CSR programs, including the success stories as well as the challenges they are facing. PT. Wirajaya Packindo’s CSR program works with local community to create “Bank Sampah” (Waste Bank) which collects and process paper-based waste to be sold back to the company as raw materials for its paper production process. Thus, a system of recycle is sustained and this means less waste to be disposed in the landfill. PT. Wirajaya Packindo incorporated the Logical Framework Analysis (LFA) in developing the project, which was explained in the previous workshop in order to create a measurable CSR program.  PT. IKPP Serang also shared their CSR program which is focusing on 7 sub-districts around its plant. The CSR Division has a community development program, named Mitra Kreasi where it aims to recycle the industrial waste into a handicraft and to create a sustainable income for the community.  At the end of the event, the trainer conducted one-on-one coaching session to help companies with their specific questions and problems related with CSR based on ISO 26000. As the last activity of workshop series on CSR based on ISO 26000, a Sharing & Networking II is scheduled on September 2015.