Ministry Understands Importance of UNGP
Lobbying by the Konsil LSM coalition and the CEA helped the Ministry to understand the importance of integrating human rights issues for SME groups.
On 18 December 2017, Konsil LSM coalition (the Indonesian NGO council) and a team of the Alliance went to the Ministry of Cooperatives and SMEs to discuss human rights and business issues. At the beginning, the response was flat. However, after the delegation explained the situation at the global level, the content of the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGP), and the responses that have been given by other Ministries (Agriculture, Fisheries, Law and Foreign Affairs), they were very interested.
The initiative from Konsil LSM to approach the Ministry to become a strategic partner was accepted, and the Ministry committed to do the following:
- Provide training for staff in the deputy office on UNGP on Business and Human rights. Especially for SME groups, this is to be integrated in their training program
- Offer an opportunity to Konsil LSM to disseminate UNGP on Business and Human Rights to the UKM association and
- Include human rights activities in the Ministry of Cooperatives and SMEs budget of 2018.
The Ministry also asked Konsil LSM to prepare the guidance to help SME groups in implementing this issue. By this process, the lobby target from national government was reached and gave strong commitment to involve further in this initiative to disseminate UNGP on Business and Human Rights issues among the SME groups.