Our work on Sustainable Development Goals

Sustainable Development Goals

 

17 Goals to transform our world - 2016 presents an unprecedented opportunity to bring the countries and citizens of the world together to embark on a new path to improve the lives of people everywhere.

Countries have adopted a new sustainable development agenda and global agreement on climate change.

 

In the evolution of sustainable development, three mutually reinforced pillars have been the key- people, planet and profit. In light of 2030 SDGs, 3P‟s have been upgraded to 5P‟s- People, Planet, Prosperity, Peace, and Partnership. All countries and stakeholders are to implement the Sustainable  development Goals by 2030, with firm determination of taking necessary steps towards ensuring a steady, resilient, and sustainable development path. As we embark on this journey, we pledge to leave no one behind

 

SR Asia leading from the front to promote SDGs

SR Asia has organized many stakeholders meeting, workshops  and two international conferences in the year 2015 and 2016 in Jakarta and Bangladesh respectively. The stakeholders involves UN organizations, EU delegation, National, state and local governments including the civil society and non government organizations, institutions, academia , students and elected representatives.

SR Asia has been promoting the millennium development goals and is one of the first global organization as a front runner to  promote the SDGs, Immediately after UN declaring the same in New York in September 2016,  SR Asia organized an international conference in Jakarta in November 2015 .

The Conference itself was a result of a partnership among a number of stakeholder groups consisting of the Indonesian ministry and government agency, industry, consulting sector, higher education, and leading organization in sustainability. They were the Ministry of Manpower of the Republic of Indonesia; Asian Productivity Organization (APO) Japan; Indonesia Global Compact Network (IGCN); Indonesia Business Council for Sustainable Development (IBCSD); Atma Jaya Catholic University of Indonesia; Paramadina Graduate School; Trisakti University; SR Asia; Aicon Global Indonesia; Dasa Strategik Indonesia; kabarcsr.com; KBR radio network; BUMN Insight magazine; Unilever Indonesia; Bank BNI; United Nations Center for Regional Development (UNCRD); Indonesia Cleaner Production National Center (PPBN); and International Partnership for Expanding Management Services of Local Authorities (IPLA).

Objectives

 

·         Promote Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as the common objective after the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) end.

 

·         Promote trends and practices in sustainability such as new and renewable energy, environmental conservation, SMEs and community development, and green productivity.

 

·         Facilitate capacity building of individuals, including the corporate leaders, and institutions through knowledge sharing, discussions and call for papers.

 

·         Establish and strengthen global partnerships among SR Asia’s network, individuals and organizations from the Asian countries in promoting and implementing sustainability principles through social responsibility in Asia.

 

·         Provide a market place for individuals and organizations to seek new ideas, opportunities and partnerships in sustainability.

 

Benefits

 

·         Know about Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as the common objective after the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) end

 

·         Learn more about trends and practices in sustainability such as new and renewable energy, environmental conservation, SMEs and community development, and green productivity

 

·         Meet with many professionals whose expert in their field, especially in Sustainable Development

 

·         Get many networks from individuals or organizations to seek new ideas, opportunities and partnerships in sustainability

 

·         Share knowledge and build partnership for developing socially responsible products in Asia and globally.

 

In 2015, SR Asia Indonesia together with other leading organizations in sustainability and social responsibility carried out the 4th SR Asia International Conference in Jakarta, Indonesia. As Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) ended in 2015 and would be replaced by Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Conference conveyed a topic “Welcoming SDGs: Global Partnership for Sustainable Development”.

 

The Conference was held for three days, presenting speakers and experts from stakeholder groups in Asian Countries. It included the government, business sector, NGOs, academician, and civil society. The result of Conference is summarized in a document “A Pathway towards Sustainable Development Goals: People, Process and Partnership” as a recommendation for stakeholders to implement SDGs in their organizations.

 

The following is our recommendation for stakeholders to highlight PEOPLE, PROCESS and PARTNERSHIP in SDGs adoption and implementation.

 

 

 

PEOPLE

 

People perform the activities and people make progress on SDGs. To make SDGs adoption and implementation successful, people need to have the right perspective on SDGs, the education and/or capacity building on SDGs, and balancing their goals and values with SDGs.

 

Therefore, in people, we advise;

 

1.       Stakeholders to adopt sustainability in the vision and mission of their respective organizations or individuals to show their commitment to SDGs.

 

2.       Stakeholders to select and appoint the most suitable ambassadors to campaign SDGs issues to the right targets.

 

3.       Stakeholders to enhance knowledge and/or skills in SDGs through a multi-stakeholder approach.

 

4.       Stakeholders to include and prioritize SDGs agenda in their organizations, by considering the related context, issues and characteristic.

 

 

 

PROCESS

 

Process is about how to achieve SDGs’ targets through SDGs adoption and implementation. Stakeholders must recognize that a good process leads to a good result and impact. By running a good process, we expect the stakeholders to make real action towards SDGs through effective, resource-efficient, and strategic manner.

 

Therefore, in process, we advise;

 

1.       Stakeholders to adopt and implement SDGs starting from awareness rising to real actions through consultation, collaboration and identification of current impacts and status of sustainability issues. This includes identification where we are now, where we want to go, and how to do it among the stakeholders – mainly the government, private sector and civil society.

 

2.       In order to encourage fruitful SDGs adoption and implementation, the appreciation and recognition for stakeholders making progress in SDGs must be performed. And therefore, one can have opportunity to celebrate and share a success story in SDGs to others at various levels.

 

3.       Stakeholders to develop and/or utilize appropriate tools to adopt and implement SDGs. Some of which are tools in social and stakeholder mapping, monitoring and evaluation, stakeholder engagement, issues management, SDGs compass, measurement and reporting, and sustainability reporting assurance.

 

4.       Government to initiate appropriate enforcement on SDGs adoption and implementation and to use SDGs targets as the benchmark for the results of successful development.

 

5.       Stakeholders to generate leaders with adequate values, sufficient leadership capacity and appropriate behavior to lead the process of SDGs adoption and implementation.

 

 

 

PARTNERSHIP

 

Partnership in SDGs adoption and implementation can lead stakeholders to raise national and global awareness, and maximize economic, social and environmental impact.

 

Establishment of and maintaining partnership is not easy. It should be founded on commitment and common goals towards SDGs. It also needs top management endorsement and behavior towards sustainable development.

 

In partnership, we advise;

 

1.       Stakeholders to appropriately share their resources, in terms of finance, capacity building, mobility, network, and technology.  

 

2.       Stakeholders to take a role to contribute to SDGs in a global partnership, such as to make an international convention and translate it to local context.

 

3.       Stakeholders to establish and maintain inter-organizational relations by identifying common goals and linking SDGs with business objectives. In developing inter-organizational relations, stakeholders are expected to be able to bring SDGs to local level, to apply the equality approach, to mapping the actors, and to make a blueprint as a basis for development. Inter-organizational relations should be supported by political will and leadership with strong good governance application.

 

 

 

Our previously mentioned recommendations can be used and implemented by any stakeholders, especially in Asian countries.

 

Stakeholders as stated in this document refers to – but not limited to, government, private sector, civil society, NGOs, media, associations, political parties, and support service organizations. A stakeholder can be any organization or individual who is having interest directly or indirectly in SDGs, sustainability issues, sustainable development, or social responsibility.

 

 

Experts that were involved in the development of this document came from the following organizations:

 

1)      Indonesia Business Council for Sustainable Development (IBCSD)

2)      Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)

3)      Japan Eco Mark, Japan Environment Association, Japan

4)      Social Responsibility Asia (SR Asia) Indonesia

5)      Social Responsibility Asia (SR Asia) India

6)      Social Responsibility Asia (SR Asia) Bangladesh

7)      Social Investment Indonesia (SII), Indonesia

8)      Trisakti University, Indonesia

9)      Paramadina Graduate School, Indonesia

10)   Atma Jaya Catholic School of Indonesia

11)   PT Aicon Global Indonesia, Indonesia

12)   PT Adaro Energy, Tbk Indonesia

 

 

 

 

 

 Implementation Challenges of SDGs and

Business Competitiveness

 

21st – 26th July 2016

Dhaka, Bangladesh

Social Responsibility Asia (SR Asia) organized its 5th International Conference on “Implementation Challenges of SDGs & Business Competitiveness” on 21 – 26 July, 2016 in Dhaka, Bangladesh.  The conference was attended by around 190 delegates from across sectors with majority from the business entities.

 

The conference and workshop were held In Partnership with INSPIRED Project funded by European Union, supported by the embassy of France in Bangladesh. The local government and ministry, non government organizations and academia  also supported the initiatives.

Recommendations

 

Experts and various speakers on the occasions of 5th international conference gave new ideas and points of consideration for the successful implementation of SDGs keeping in mind all the constraints and limitations which are there in the public domains and knowledge. The key points are highlighted as below

1.       Sustainable development goals (SDGs) are relevant to the world irrespective of the geographic boundaries and development status.

2.       Involvement of stakeholders and particularly civil society organizations in spreading awareness, implementation and monitoring will be vital to the successes of final outcomes.

3.       The SDGs agenda may be disrupted in case urgent problems like terrorism, climate change and their impacts become more political than real issues.

4.        Technology innovations and access to the technology for the underdeveloped world will determinate pass and failure of taking up issues of priority.

5.       Promotion to small and medium entrepreneurship / business must find place for easy access to finance and priority from the government in developing countries like Bangladesh which has huge potential from the current level to grow and contribute to the growth of GDP and employment opportunities.

6.       Learning from success and failure from i.e Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) 2015, shall find the place while planning for SDGs successfully.

7.       The robust framework for SDGs Planning by the countries along with credible monitoring and evaluation shall be highly consultative process by which most of the stakeholders have their inputs and buy in.

8.       While planning for SDGs, it has come in the discussion that all targets and goals may not be applicable to all countries and therefore supporting the same credibility of data, date integrity, checks and balances and possible new architecture for IT will be required. While maintaining the voluminous data, data security and cybercrime laws need to be strengthened and implemented.

9.       The UN role in supporting countries is limited to the governments and international agencies as a result of which majority of the population have no idea of the initiatives it has. Networking and maximizing the reach to the civil society organization and most of the stakeholders will be a key enabler for the UN dream of SDGs.

10.               Good governance, transparency, accountability and responsible government will be able to find solutions despite constraints highlighted.

11.               The role of the societies and personal responsibilities must be stressed in all forum and educations so that year 2030 is realized.

The role of people, process and partnership at all levels need to be highlighted and developed as these 3Ps are core in terms of bringing systematic and sustainable changes

Conference Advisory Committee:

·         H. E. Sophie AUBERT, Ambassador of France Embassy in Bangladesh

·         Ajit Kumar Paul, Director, National Productivity Organization, Ministry of Industries, Bangladesh

·         Fazlul Haque, Former President of BKMEA and Chief Advisor of Social Responsibility Asia (SR Asia) Bangladesh

·         Rakesh Khare, State Director, SR Asia India

 

 

Editorial Team:

 

·         Birendra Raturi, International Director, SR Asia

·         Sumaya Rashid, Country Director, SR Asia Bangladesh

·         Dr. Semerdanta Pusaka, Country Director, SR Asia Indonesia

 

 

 

Technical Team

 

·         K.D. Bhardwaj, Director & Head (Int'l Serv.), National Productivity Council, India

·         Birendra Raturi, International Director, Social Responsibility Asia (SR Asia)

·         Sumaya Rashid, Country Director of Bangladesh, Social Responsibility Asia (SR Asia)

·         Dr. Semerdanta Pusaka, Country Director of Indonesia, Social Responsibility Asia (SR Asia)

·         Dr. Mahfuzul Haque, Director of Bangladesh, Social Responsibility Asia (SR Asia)

·         Ali Sabet, Team Leader, INSPIRED Project funded by European Union

·         Brig Gen. Mofiz (Retd), Managing Director, R & G Group

 

 

 

Organizing and Communication Team

 

·         S M Mazharul Islam, Coordinator, SR Asia Bangladesh

·         Alamgir Kabir, Project Manager, SR Asia Bangladesh

·         Tania Rahman, Coordinator, SR Asia Bangladesh

 

 

Team of Volunteers

 

·         Sabekun Sadia

·         Jono Rani Debnath

·         Latifa Yesmeen

·         Mahedi Hasan Redoy

·         Abdul Kader

·         Afsana Nasrin Sumi

·         Md  Akib  Javed  Khan

·         Md Shazzatul Islam Sazal

·         Rasel Ahmed

·         Main Uddin

·         Md Kauser Ahammed

·         Romana Sarker

·         Tokir Ahmmed Rappi

·         Farhin Sumaiya