President of Switzerland to launch new project helping SME ’s become more competitive, sustainable and responsible

JAKARTA (ILO NEWS) - The President of the Swiss Confederation, H.E. Mdm. Doris Leuthard will attend the signing ceremony of the Joint Commitment on Sustaining Competitive and Responsible Enterprises (SCORE) in Jakarta, on Tuesday 6 July, 2010.

Press release | 06 July 2010

JAKARTA (ILO NEWS) - The President of the Swiss Confederation, H.E. Mdm. Doris Leuthard will attend the signing ceremony of the Joint Commitment on Sustaining Competitive and Responsible Enterprises (SCORE) in Jakarta, on Tuesday 6 July, 2010.

The SCORE programme is designed to help Indonesia’s small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) boost quality and productivity, improve working conditions, reduce their environmental footprints and strengthen collaboration and communication between employers and workers. It also helps enterprises to be more competitive internationally, thus creating jobs.

The SCORE programme is being funded by the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) in partnership with the International Labour Organization (ILO), the UN specialized agency dealing with work and workplace issues. It is supported by Indonesia’s Ministry of Manpower & Transmigration, the Indonesian Employers Association (APINDO), trade unions and the Dharma Bhakti Astra Foundation.

The joint commitment will be signed by trade unions and employers’ association representatives and witnessed by Mdm. Leuthard, Mr. Muhaimin Iskandar, Minister of Manpower and Transmigration and Mr. Peter Van Rooij, Officer-in Charge of the ILO’s Jakarta Office. The event will take place at 16:00 at the APINDO Training Center, Permata Kuningan building, Jakarta.

Indonesia is one of seven countries chosen to implement a SCORE project, the others are China, Colombia, Ghana, India, Viet Nam and South Africa. In Indonesia the SCORE programme has started pilot activities in the auto parts sector, and will soon expand to include two other clusters.

The SCORE programme is built around five compact modules covering workplace cooperation, quality management, productivity and cleaner production, organizing people to be motivated and productive, and organizing the physical workplace to be safe and healthy.

“Switzerland and the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs are funding and supporting the SCORE programme because we believe that through this programme we can help to improve labour and working conditions in Indonesia,” said Jürg Schneider, Head of Economic Development Cooperation (SECO) at the Embassy of Switzerland in Jakarta. ”This country has a lot of SMEs and many of them are in need of such a programme to improve national and international productivity and competitiveness “.

Most SMEs in Indonesia are vulnerable to external shocks. They have found it difficult to sustain operations in the context of the global financial crisis and the quality of their jobs is at risk of being compromised as a result. However, most people are employed in SMEs so the key to sustainable economic development leading to effective poverty reduction lies in a successful, competitive SME sector.

“In many countries, including Indonesia, SMEs are at the heart of the economy, but they also face a lot of challenges,” said Peter Van Rooij, Officer-in-Charge of ILO Jakarta. “Competition among SMEs is strong, there is pressure from the community and from legislation to be not only productive and competitive but also to comply with labour environmental standards. That is why it is very important to sustain and support SMEs”.

“I think we need to support the SCORE programme. It is very important and is needed by Indonesia’s SMEs,” said Sofjan Wanandi, Chairman of the Indonesia Employers Association (APINDO). “SMEs need to improve productivity, efficiency and competitiveness as well as collaboration between employers and workers in order to create better working conditions. SCORE will help Indonesia’s SMEs compete in national and international markets”.

A representative of trade unions, Sjukur Sarto said that the SCORE programme would facilitate the needs of employers and workers. Speaking on behalf of the confederation of all Indonesia trade unions he said he would like SCORE to be implemented throughout Indonesia.

For further information please contact:

Januar Rustandie
National Programme Manager of SCORE
ILO Office Jakarta
Tel.: +6221 3913112 ext.150

Josephine Imelda
Communications Assistant
ILO Office Jakarta
Tel. : +6221 3913112 ext.115

Jürg Schneider
Head of Economic Development Cooperation (SECO)
Embassy of Switzerland
Jl. H.R. Rasuna Said, Blok X 3/2
Kuningan, Jakarta 12950, Indonesia
Tel.: +62 21 525 6061 ext. 313