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Companies under G20 Empower to create workplace free from violence and harassment

The ILO and its social partners conducted the capacity building programme for G20 Empower’s companies and state-owned companies to promote the creation of workplace free from violence and harassment.

News | Jakarta, Indonesia | 06 May 2022
The ILO in collaboration with the UN Women, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the Ministry of Women’s Empowerment and Child Protection (KPPPA) conducted a joint event to increase the capacity of G20 Empower’s advocates in April. A total of 51 companies and state-owned businesses divided into two batches participated to provide recommendations in creating workplaces that were free from violence and harassment.

G20 Empower is the G20 Alliance for the Empowerment and Progression of Women’s Economic Representation. It is one of the initiatives under the Indonesia’s G20 Presidency that brings together alliance of leaders from private sector and government to accelerate women’s leadership and empowerment in the private sector across the G20 countries.

Indra Gunawan, Acting Deputy for Societal Participation of KPPPA, emphasized the importance of awareness and understanding about workplace violence and harassment. “By understanding the forms of violence and harassment that might occur at workplaces, employers within the G20 Empower can play an active role in implementing and taking actions that can help ensuring safe workplaces for all, particularly for women,” he said when opening the joint event.

By understanding the forms of violence and harassment that might occur at workplaces, employers within the G20 Empower can play an active role in implementing and taking actions that can help ensuring safe workplaces for all, particularly for women."

Indra Gunawan, Acting Deputy for Societal Participation of the Ministry of Women’s Empowerment and Child Protection (KPPPA)
The creation and promotion of safe workplaces is in line with the global and national campaigns on the ratification of the ILO Convention No. 190 (C190). C190 is the first international treaty to recognize the right of everyone to a world of work free from violence and harassment, including gender-based violence and harassment. Adopted at the International Labour Conference (ILC) in 2019, C190 has come into force since 25 June 2021.

Dyah Retno Sudarto, ILO’s programme coordinator for C190 on work violence and harassment issues, presented key information related to violence and harassment at work. She also explained about the negative impact to companies’ productivity and reputation such as lack of motivation, increased absenteeism, decreased productivity, high turn-over, increased legal cost and so forth.

Meanwhile, Sri Wiyanti Eddyono, a researcher and lecturer of the Research Centre for Law, Gender and Society, Faculty of Law of University of Gajah Mada (LGS UGM), underscored the role of companies in preventing and tackling violence and harassment occurred within the companies. She also highlighted the importance of knowledge and good practice sharing for reference and replication.

The presentation about the roles of workers in eliminating workplace violence and harassment.
During the interactive discussions, the participating companies actively shared their good practices. Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX), for example, has implemented a code of conduct and whistle blower system. “We also have an employee programme that includes a psychological service for staff,” shared Risa E. Rustam, Finance and HRD Director of IDX.

These systems and policies are applied not only for all workers but also for all our supply chains. We continuously disseminate them through socialization and mandatory training programmes."

Sera Noviany, Head of Sustainable Compliance of the Asia Pulp and Paper (APP) Sinar Mas
Meanwhile, in addition to the code of conduct and whistle blower system, the Asia Pulp and Paper (APP) Sinar Mas has developed a non-discriminatory policy with support from the trade union. “These systems and policies are applied not only for all workers but also for all our supply chains. We continuously disseminate them through socialization and mandatory training programmes,” said Sera Noviany, Head of Sustainable Compliance of APP Sinar Mas.

We need to be aware of digital violence and harassment with the increasing cyber bullying incidents through the growing digital and social media platforms."

Nina Kurnia Dewi, Finance Director of LKBN Antara who is also active in Srikandi BUMN
Recommendations were voiced by Nina Kurnia Dewi, Finance Director of LKBN Antara (Indonesian news agency) who is also active in Srikandi BUMN, a community for women working at state-owned companies. “We need to be aware of digital violence and harassment with the increasing cyber bullying incidents through the growing digital and social media platforms. We need to jointly find a way to create safe workplace in all forms.”

Therefore, Winarsih Budiriani, Finance Director of Indonesia’s Money-printing Public Corporation (Perum Peruri) suggested continuous workplace educational programme, particularly the induction programme for new staff. “We need to develop a socialization programme that is easy to understand by developing informative videos, for example.”

The event was concluded with the recognition of good practices that have been developed and implemented by companies acted as advocates under the G20 Empower. The event was also concluded with joint recommendations that focused on achieving decent work and improving productivity.