Climate Change Member Focus Group
Chairman: Jeffrey Chatellier – CEO of Forest Carbon
The Focus Group was set up in mid-2020 with a remit to engage on Climate Change activities that would appeal to a wide constituency of the Membership. Equally, given the UK’s Presidency of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP 26) in Glasgow in November 2021, the Britcham Board considered it imperative that the Chamber should be supporting the UK Embassy’s role in both supporting and socializing the UK’s Climate Change aspirations and agenda.
The Focus Group has identified the following pillars of activity:
- Climate Change related advocacy with Indonesian stakeholders including but not limited to Government and Indonesian business associations such KADIN.
- Enhancing Corporate Climate Change awareness by bringing best in practice Climate Change and & Sustainability practices adopted by leading multinationals to the attention of our Membership.
- Engaging with key COP 26 stakeholders to open up opportunities for the Membership to engage in COP 26 related activities.
- Supporting building awareness of both UK technologies and UK financing support that can add value to Indonesia’s Climate Change targets whilst at the same time opening up more commercial opportunities for UK business.
The Focus Group has been greatly encouraged by recent developments in Indonesia that has resulted in the Government both setting clearer net zero targets (2060) and announcing a more cohesive energy transition strategy particularly in respect of the PLN’s recent announcement of a moratorium on additional coal fired power development. We do believe more can be done to accelerate the introduction of renewable energy, encourage the move towards more decentralized power distribution and clarifying the policy for voluntary carbon credit participation particularly in respect of both renewables and nature based solutions.
We are also very pleased to have secured the Chamber’s participation in an exclusive 10 Chamber B2B event at COP 26 with nine other Chambers around the World including the host Chamber of Glasgow. Britcham Indonesia is the only Chamber from a developing economy that has been invited to participate and this is a testament to the early commitment we made to fully support the UK’s Climate Change agenda.
The Focus Group is open to all Member’s participation and as always we actively seek Member’s suggestions as to how we can improve both the content delivered and as well as the wider activities.
Human Capital & Education Member Focus Group
Chairman: Dr. Paul Aitken - Founder of MLA (SINGAPORE) PTE LTD
To be relevant and helpful for members, BritCham Members’ Focus Groups are designed to address topical issues that have immediate appeal and utility for different sectors. Human Capital and Education development has been selected, noting its increasing importance for leading people to implement business sustainability. Based on the BritCham Business Confidence Index (BCI) results, the acquisition, development and retention of leadership, professional and technical talent is cited as a major challenge to realising business potential.
As Indonesia seeks to leverage off its developing global potential, multiple opportunities prevail for managerial and employee Continuing Professional Development (CPD). The recent emergence of online learning delivery enhances these opportunities for British service providers. This group will make a vital contribution to simultaneously building Indonesia and UK enterprises. HC&E Member Focus Group works closely with the BritCham Education Centre and the BritCham-YIPA partnership in achieving this objective.
More engagement with UK alumni and relevant employer associations and educational institutions are planned. This group plans to partner with companies in Indonesia for internships and the employment of returning Indonesian talents from the UK. In collaboration with NOCN, our Focus Group will also seek to endorse and provide accreditation for apprenticeship and qualification programmes, whose curriculum design and delivery will be provided by members.
This Member Focus Group will also support Board and human resources practices improvement for our wider membership, together with policy development at national level, particularly through sustainability leadership improvement and ESG (Environmental, Social & Governance) advocacy.
This group is strictly for members only.
Message from Dr Paul Aitken
Smart Sustainable Cities Member Focus Group
Chairwoman: Ellen Utomo - Business Development Manager at Swire Properties
Taking into account the huge interest in Indonesia’s stated intention to move its capital city to Kalimantan and that Indonesian ambition ranges from smart villages to smart islands, this group is well placed to keep UK and domestically-based members informed of opportunities across central and local governments, as well as within the private sector supply needs.
The Smart Cities Member Focus Group aims to generate more relevant and useful events focusing on smart cities along with its components and relevant issues. It is also intended that this group could help generating some businesses among members. Noting the wide coverage of smart cities, members of this group have chosen some particular areas and topics as its foci that include smart cities financing scheme in Indonesia, Internet of Things (IoT) and apps utilization, renewable energy for rural electrification.
On September 17, 2020, the Smart Cities Member Focus Group had its first webinar with Jeremy Kelly, the Head of Global Research Programme at JLL London and Rama Raditya from Qlue. Taking on the topic of ‘The rise of Smart Cities: A Real Estate Perspective’, focusing on the role of real estate industry in creating a truly scalable and successful smart city solutions, and to also discuss its potential role of smart cities in Indonesia.
This group is strictly for members only.
Messager from Ellen Utomo
Professional Women's Group
Chairwoman: Sony Jethnani
BritCham as a Chamber of Commerce has been representing a diverse international business community for over four decades. We are proud of our mission to facilitate trade and investment between Indonesia and the UK. We are also equally proud of our reputation of being the most active and innovative foreign Chamber in Indonesia. Britcham Professional Women Group (BPWG) is a sector group established ten years ago under Britcham.
Vision: Our USP is that we are the first women-only group with European chambers. PWG’s vision is to elevate and connect women in Business. Through our monthly meetings and webinars, we encourage and help women develop new business connections, learn new skills and improve their career; advocating fairness and equality for women; attract new BritCham members, and encourage more engagement amongst PWG and other women’s communities.
BPWG has diverse members both local and expatriates and the
events are well attended. We aim to showcase leaders and speakers who are making a difference through the work that they do and the organizations they represent. The ability to think BIG is what makes women’s communities so powerful. In order to inspire others and make this world a better reflection of our visions and values, we first need
to be inspired. PWG’s current committee is led by Sony Jethnani as Chairwoman and supported by Valentina Chai and Dian Andyasuri (all three ladies are also current members of the Britcham Board).
Message from Sony Jethnani