IRI Indonesia hosts roundtable on ethical business with industry leaders

IRI Indonesia recently organized a roundtable discussion with several prominent corporations and associations to discuss ethical business practices and how to take deforestation out of supply chains.  Participating groups included Sinarmas – the largest conglomerate in Indonesia working in pulp and paper, real-estate, financial services, agribusiness, telecommunications and mining – as well as the national sawmill, plywood, forest industrial estate, wood panel, coal and gold mining, and palm industry associations. The Chamber of Commerce and environmental impact and certification auditors also participated.  Participants discussed business ethics and emerging solutions to transform business practices. They focused in on the issue of enforcement, agreeing that boundaries and regulations need to be provided and enforced by the local government in order realize a new business model that protects forests, safeguards the environment, and respects indigenous peoples.