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Corporate governance: Towards bonum commune?

Thursday, 19 June 2008 3 comments

Perspective is about bringing together things that seem to have no relation to each other so that they could be more easily understood in a context. It sounds simple. But it helps scrutinising the relationship between noble idea of good governance and hullabaloo of corporate responsibility. Why these two? Firstly, because discourse about good governance today cannot but touch upon the issue of corporate governance. And secondly, because corporate responsibility has become the issue of corporate governance.

It has been admitted that corporations are playing vital role in developments as they create employment, produce goods and services, bring investments and thus economic growth. As no one would disagree that good governance is necessary for development, neither do they contradict the idea that good governance should be applied to corporate world. Even, it flowers a thought that business should be allowed to regulate themselves.

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Martabat buruh, kinerja modal dan penyelenggaraan publik

Sunday, 13 January 2008 Leave a comment

Oleh Yanuar Nugroho
CSR Review 13 Januari 2008

“Globalisasi produksi kini tengah membentuk kembali lansekap ekonomi internasional. Dengan itu, pengetahuan lama yang mengatakan bahwa negara maju adalah eksportir modal dan teknologi dan negara berkembang sebagai importirnya pelan-pelan harus minggir dan memberikan tempat bagi relasi keduanya yang lebih kompleks… Tren saat ini mempunyai implikasi yang penting bagi pembagian kerja di dunia. Pandangan tradisional bahwa aktivitas produksi yang lebih kompleks dilakukan di Utara dan yang sederhana di Selatan makin tidak mencerminkan realitas. Perusahaan kini melihat bahwa negara berkembang menjadi penting bukan hanya karena buruh murah, tetapi terutama pertumbuhan, ketrampilan dan teknologi.”

Setelah demo masif para buruh menolak revisi UU No. 13/2003 yang sarat dengan pengabaian hak-hak pekerja, pemerintah akhirnya mengambil sikap untuk mengevaluasi pelaksanaan UU tersebut sebelum merevisinya.  Tentu sikap ini disambut baik oleh buruh. Namun, pengusaha menunjukkan gelagat lain: mereka ngotot minta revisi segera dilakukan dengan tetap menggunakan draft yang sudah ditolak tersebut. Alasannya, revisi itu perlu untuk memikat investasi.  Jika saja kita mau sedikit lebih jeli melihat problematika ketenagakerjaan itu, disana ada tegangan mendasar: martabat manusia dan kuasa modal.
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Commodum toti populo – The benefit is for the whole society

Tuesday, 20 March 2007 8 comments

An Indonesian business magazine, Investor, just interviewed me via email. The interview was about CSR/corporate social responsibility. From the long question list that I reviewed, the magazine seems to be genuinely seeking for more comprehensive understanding about the topic. So, albeit my tight schedule and deadlines for my PhD writing up and preparing a talk among Indonesian students in the UK on ‘privatisation’ this weekend, I spent nearly 90 minutes completing the interview.

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On regulating business

Tuesday, 13 March 2007 Leave a comment

I almost could not believe what I have just heard today from CORE Coalition, UK: EU Parliament demands environmental and social regulation for business by passing a resolution earlier today (13/3/06) (Here is the news). This is truly a good news for me, and I believe, also for many people who want to see the corporate world acts more justly, responsibly and accountably.

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Tatakelola bisnis: Menuju bonum commune?

Sunday, 25 September 2005 Leave a comment

Media Indonesia, 25 September 2005
Yanuar Nugroho
Direktur Eksekutif, The Business Watch Indonesia

Perspektif membantu kita memahami hal-hal yang nampaknya tak berkaitan, atau sebaliknya mempertanyakan hubungan sesuatu yang nampaknya jelas dan sudah diterima luas. Misalnya, gagasan mulia good governance (tatakelola yang baik) dan corporate social responsibility (CSR, tanggung jawab sosial korporasi).

Mengapa dua hal ini? Pertama, karena menggagas tatakelola tidak bisa tidak menyentuh tatakelola korporasi dan bisnis. Dan kedua, karena CSR nampaknya sedang menjadi pusat perhatian dalam tatakelola korporasi dan bisnis.

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Dilema Tanggung Jawab Korporasi

Tuesday, 23 August 2005 1 comment

Media Indonesia – OPINI – 23 Agustus 2005

Yanuar Nugroho

SESUDAH berbagai gebrakan melawan korupsi, kabinet SBY-JK tampaknya kini mencecar tanggung jawab korporasi. Menindaklanjuti hasil Program Penilaian Peringkat Perusahaan (Proper) 2005 yang dilansir awal bulan ini, KLH sudah mengeluarkan ancaman dini. Ia akan menggugat perusahaan berperingkat hitam dengan dakwaan pencemaran lingkungan (Media Indonesia, 9/8). Read more…

Social accountability more than just being responsible

Tuesday, 9 November 2004 1 comment

Opinion and Editorial – THE JAKARTA POST, November 09, 2004

Yanuar Nugroho

The world-famous business strategy consultant, Peter F. Drucker, in a recent interview in Joel Bakan’s new book, The Corporation (2004), says “If you find an executive who wants to take on social responsibilities, fire him. Fast.”

Those who believe, or are in favor of, corporate social responsibility (CSR) may be shocked. But, bravery is indeed needed to scrutinize the very heart of business practice, without which we may be misled when addressing the role of business and corporations in our lives today.

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