PT Austindo Nusantara Jaya Tbk (ANJ) held a training on tenure rights as a form of enrichment in respecting human rights for its 25 employees working in their three business units in West Papua on 6-7 August 2019.
Head of ANJ’s Department of Government Relations and Stakeholders, Gritje Fonataba, said the training was important for employees because respect for human rights in business operations is a key principle in implementing the company’s Sustainability Policy.
“This training has become one of the mediums to increase understanding and awareness of related functions in the ANJ Group to integrate aspects of human rights in daily operational activities, specifically when dealing with tenure issues,” said Gritje.
The main training material said Gritje, included aspects of the relationship between business and human rights, especially understanding the types of human rights and violations, the relationship between companies and respect for human rights, and aspects of civil and political rights related to human rights.
“It is very important for participants to understand the correlation between the existence of a business and human rights as well as an understanding of Tenure Rights, the types and systems of Tenure rights and also an understanding of customary land and indigenous peoples,” he added.
The main speaker in the training, Andiko, SH, M. Hukum, added that the company’s business continuity can be achieved if the corporation consistently applies the principle of respect for human rights in doing business.
“Companies need to apply this principle not only for pragmatic or market interests, but also for long-term interests, namely the sustainability of the company itself,” he said.
“This is in line with the mainstreaming of business sustainability in general, where companies need to pay attention to aspects of the earth, people and profit,” said Andiko, director of the AsM Law Office, a Batam-based law office focused on respecting human rights.
The Head of the Department of Community Engagement and Development (CID), Ditto Santoso, said that the trainees represented various operational functions such as GIS (mapping), the CID itself, Plasma Partnership, Compliance for Sustainability, and Security, which all faced the community daily as partners and stakeholders related to land issues.
“The main reinforcement is the aspect of understanding human rights standards, how to implement them in operational work and communicating the concrete work of commitments that have been made for community partners,” said Ditto.