Sustainability standards are critical to a more competitive MSME sector in Indonesia News

28 March, 2024

Mirco, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (MSMEs) play a crucial role in the Indonesian economy, yet they face significant challenges in accessing global markets. This can be attributed to various factors, including a lack of awareness of trade agreements, the complexities of qualifying for preferential tariffs, and, increasingly, the challenge of meeting ever-evolving global sustainability standards.

To address these challenges, the Expert Deployment Mechanism for Trade and Development (EDM), funded by Global Affairs Canada and implemented by Cowater International, commissioned Globally Cool to organize a 2-day train-the-trainer event in Bandung, Indonesia, from February 28-29, 2024. The training program brought together representatives from the Business & Export Development Organization of Indonesia (BEDO), Parahyangan University (UNPAR) and the Indonesian Ministry of Trade, along with other Business Support Organizations (BSOs).

The training focused on equipping BSOs with the knowledge and skills necessary to deliver sustainability reporting training events tailored to the needs of Indonesian SMEs, including in areas such as sustainability standards and compliance procedures.

The training embeds a multi-faceted approach to sustainability empowerment by integrating a needs assessment for Indonesian small businesses around sustainability, coupled with a targeted focus on standards in the Canadian, EU and US markets and knowledge exchanges with Canadian SMEs and trade organizations.

The training of trainers equipped 26 participants with enhanced knowledge and skills in sustainability reporting. Moving forward, BEDO and UNPAR trainers will lead pilot training sessions for small businesses in Bali and Bandung, mentored by Globally Cool experts. These pilot sessions will offer valuable real-world experience and allow for further refinement of the training program before wider implementation. In addition, e-learning materials will be developed to maximize online reach and benefit larger MSME audiences.

The collaborative efforts between EDM and Indonesian counterparts represent a significant step towards empowering Indonesian SMEs/MSMEs in navigating global markets through sustainability reporting. By bridging knowledge gaps and fostering partnerships, this initiative aims to catalyze sustainable growth and enhance the competitiveness of Indonesian businesses on the international stage.

You can learn more about this initiative, by visiting the Globally Cool website.

To learn more about EDM, click here.

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