Private sector role in promoting green initiatives and social justice through corporate social responsibilities programs (CSR) in Indonesia are increasing. Indonesia Business Link (IBL), in cooperation with Ashoka Indonesia, launched a program called CSR for Better Life to promote multi-stakeholders partnerships between private sector, governments and NGOs in search for strategic solutions to eliminate poverty and environmental degradation.
The program launched in 4 cities and focused on water supply, sanitation and hygiene & health behaviour in poor communities in urban as well as in rural areas. This time, the program conducted to identify initiatives to reduce poverty and environmental problems especially in sanitation, health and hygiene behaviour which built by multi-stakeholders alliances in Denpasar.
With the support of Ford Foundation, series of CSR Learning Forum conducted in several cities in 2009. The first, second and third Learning Forums launched successfully in Jakarta, Surakarta and Medan resulting several partnerships for CSR programs. The fourth CSR Learning Forum conducted in cooperation with BALIFOKUS lastOctober 8, 2009 at Santhi Hotel, in Jalan Patih Jelantik No. 1, Denpasar.
CSR Learning Forum invited Denpasar Mayor to give the opening remarks represented by the head of BAPPEDA Denpasar as well as one of the presenter, several local government agencies such as Health Agency, Public Works Agency, Environmental Agency, Social Agency as well as Trade and Industry Agency of Denpasar City. The forum also well attended by several hotels, NGOs, media and private companies.
The Learning Forum gave new ideas and prospective partners in creating and fostering CSR initiatives. The program concluded with a visit to Youth Changemakers workshop organized by Ashoka Indonesia at Rumah Khalwat Dalung in cooperation with BALIFOKUS.