Aligning Business with Sustainable Development
“Let me start by saying that we welcome G20 recognition that growth is more then a single GDP number. The G20 talks are not just about achieving higher growth but also about “Strong, Balanced and Sustainable Growth”.
This phrase of “Strong, Balanced and Sustainable Growth” resonates with our corporate philosophy that looks to bring value to all stakeholders — our consumers, workers, and investors because only by that philosophy can we deliver sustainable benefits to our markets and the communities in which we operate. More broadly speaking, I view the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs) as giving focus to three challenges that fall on our communities and the world more generally. These challenges are ecological, economic, and social which is about the shared values.
Let’s turn to the role of business.
How do you see the role of business in relation to sustainable development?
Business along with the international community has a responsibility to play its role in collaboration with other stakeholders in bridging across these challenges.A key understanding is that no single stakeholder has the solution. In fact, it is only through the collaborative participation of all stakeholders from business, civil society, educational institutions and government that we will find sustainable and sound solutions to the challenges we face.
We collaborate actively with many stakeholders. We are currently represented on the boards of Conservation International, Singapore Science Center, International Chamber of Commerce and the Business & Sustainable Development Commission. We value our partnerships with educational institutions as MIT, Tsinghua, Fudan, Columbia, Harvard, Chicago, Yale, ITB, Paramadina, Udayana, SMU et al Universities.
We established a foundation, United in Diversity, that is predicated on the concept of collaboration across stakeholders and that draws on diversity as a strength. Together with University of Indonesia we co-chair the UN Global Initiative Sustainable Development Solutions Network in Southeast Asia.
Let me note some specific examples of Giti Tire activities in relation to sustainable development. The first point is that we try to live by following green principles in development and production of our products.
Giti Tire is dedicated to the development of energy saving technologies and products. Giti Tire puts emphasis on the process of tire manufacturing and strives to minimize the environmental impact of tire products by reducing emissions, wastewater, and waste materials. It puts these principles into practice. For example, it participates in the annual Pikes Peak auto race by using its tires in the electric car category to become a leader in innovative tire technology that reduces energy use. Giti Tire inaugural 2013 entry won the world championship for Pikes Peak electric motorcar race.
I understand that you plan a major development that is premised on the concept of shared value that will integrate sustainable development from the outset. Can you tell us about this plan?
Kura Kura Bali Turtle Island spanning 500 hectares is strategically located in the capital of Bali minutes from prime attractions, resorts and near a brand new Bali international airport and bridge connection. It is a pioneering island project carried out by Bali Turtle Island Development, being uniquely distinguished by its extraordinary and holistic lifestyle.
We are pleased that we have many partners sharing our vision. Southeast headquarter for the United Nation’s global initiative Sustainable Development Solutions Network will be physically housed under United In Diversity Creative Campus being established in Kura Kura Bali. This initiative was announced by the Indonesian President and cabinet during APEC Summit 2013 in Bali.
Among the business supporters were Microsoft, WPP, and MAP. Leading architects Frank Gehry, Professor Yu Kongjian from Harvard and Beijing University, and consultants as AECOM are engaged. Bali is committing to maximum renewable and 100% clean energy and the Minister of Energy of Indonesia has declared Bali to be the National Center of Excellence to engage business, academia, science and innovation for sustainability prototypes that could eventually be applied across the Indonesia’s archipelago of 17,000 islands.
SDSN is a network launched by the Secretary General Ban Ki Moon of universities and think tanks collaborating to support the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Tsinghua University which is the global co-chair for the UN SDSN network will also have a key Southeast Asia presence in the Creative Campus.
Preceding the United In Diversity Leaders Roundtable in World Economic Forum Davos 2016, successful signing of MOU witnessed by Bill Gates and President Qiu Yong of Tsinghua University to co-establish the Global Health Drug Discovery in Beijing. Guest of Honour for the Leaders Roundtable, Minister of Trade of Indonesia Thomas Lembong, also graced the signing.
清华大学作为全球知名高等学府和UN SDSN全球联合主席，与佳通集团建立了长期合作伙伴关系。佳通集团UID公益基金与清华大学在达沃斯世界经济论坛和博鳌亚洲论坛成功联合举办了4届“United in Diversity”高层领导者圆桌会。在2016年达沃斯高层领导者圆桌会开始之前，比尔与梅琳达·盖茨基金会联席主席比尔·盖茨和清华大学校长邱勇就双方在北京联合成立“全球健康药物研发中心（北京）”签署了合作备忘录。圆桌会特邀嘉宾印尼贸易部长 Thomas Lembong 先生出席了签约仪式。
Balinese 3 Ways to Happiness Value Cycle | Tri Hita Karana
Our concept is an Island of Happiness with a creative campus at its core. We aim to integrate traditional culture with the best of the world to create a world-class destination. From a sustainable development perspective, this will be a prototype creative community built on the principles of the Balinese philosophy known as Tri Hita Karana, or the “Three Ways to Happiness”, to address people issues (SDG 1-10), ecological issues (SDG 11-15) and spirituality (SDG 16-17).
龟乐龟乐巴厘岛（Kura Kura Bali）的战略定位距巴厘岛主要景区、度假村和新国际机场仅有数分钟车程。它是一个致力于建立卓越生活方式、具备领先视野的海岛项目。我们的愿景是以可持续发展为视角，将龟乐龟乐岛建设成为一个以创意校园为核心、集传统文化和全球最佳实践于一体的“幸福之岛”。它亦将是实践巴厘岛古老哲学“幸福三部曲”（Tri Hita Karana）的一个原型实践，即人与人之间的和谐、人与自然之间的和谐，以及人与精神世界之间的和谐，这一古老哲学与联合国可持续发展目标的理念不谋而合。
我们非常荣幸很多合作伙伴与我们共享这个理念，包括微软、WPP、著名建筑师弗兰克·盖里，北大-哈佛景观与建筑规划设计研究院俞孔坚教授，AECOM等合作伙伴。联合国可持续发展行动网络东南亚网络总部（UN SDSN-SEA）也将坐落于龟乐龟乐岛上的United in Diversity创意校园中。UN SDSN是由联合国秘书长潘基文倡议成立的全球网络，旨在联合全球的大学与智库贡献于可持续发展目标。UN SDSN-SEA于2013年巴厘岛APEC期间，由时任印尼总统及内阁宣布成立。巴厘岛旨在实现100%应用可清洁能源，在印尼乃至更大范围内成为杰出的实践中心。我们非常欢迎清华大学在创意校园成立“一带一路”东南亚中心，以促进中国在区域的创新合作、人才培养和文化交流。
SUSTAINABILITY 21ST CENTURY AND BEYOND
Giti Group and affiliates are translating our understanding of infrastructure to the 21st century and beyond – a smart grid with 100% renewable energy in partnership with leading scientific and academic community through United Nation’s global Initiative Sustainable Development Solutions Network at Kura Kura bali Turtle Island.