Collaboration is a term we learn about often in life. We learn about it in kindergarten when working on projects with several schoolmates; we learn about it as a young adult in sports where the coach teaches us to pass the ball down field to several players before scoring a goal, and we also learn about collaboration as adults – in relationships, work – in just about every decision we make.
Collaboration was a key term mentioned over and over again at the U.S Chamber of Commerce earlier this month when it hosted an event for the government of Indonesia.
In attendance were representatives of the Indonesian government, U.S. government and companies big and small. The goal: To discuss better, stronger and more collaborative (there’s that word again) ways of doing business together.
Thanks in part to this collaboration among business and government, Indonesia’s economy is growing. This growth is driven in part, by the forests, which drive much of the country’s industry, from tourism to consumer products.
Such valuable natural capital is of global importance and must therefore be properly managed, not just for the benefit of Indonesia’s economy, but also for the long term benefit of the valuable species that live in the forests as well as the local communities. This is why Asia Pulp & Paper was proud last month to announce a plan to support the protection and restoration of over 1 million hectares or about 2.4 million acres of rainforest across Indonesia.
This ground-breaking initiative was a result of collaboration with many stakeholders, including WWF, Greenpeace and NGO members of APP’s Solutions Working Group. It will no doubt have a significant impact on the landscapes both in and around the country.
Indonesia is clearly a great place to do business, and many of the companies at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce event agreed.
That said, it is additional collaborations, which benefit people, the planet, as well as business, that will make a true difference. That collaboration must come from government, NGO’s and the private sector, working together to make Indonesia not just a better place to do business, but a sustainable place to live, work and visit.