Like any other organizations in the world, IBL was born from small, then grew up like a toddler, a school child, and now a youth. Fifteen years of organization pathway to date has been amazing yet interesting. I personally recall the time prior to my assignment as Executive Director, I was hired as a consultant of Accenture Indonesia in 2000 to design and implement programs in line with IBL’s founders vision. I feel honored to have led a forum that then became a legitimate Foundation in 2001.

Started a one-person office hosted by Rio Tinto Indonesia, I was challenged by the loneliness and the fact that nobody knew about IBL in 2000, let alone its mission to promote business ethics. Many was even  skeptical because during the era of 1990s, many conglomerates conducted business unethically hence pushing a business ethics agenda perceived as impossible. But then, IBL’s collective contacts and network were indeed the key success factor for gathering support so IBL got annual donation from more than 60 companies during its first 5years. Along with its credential increase, IBL obtained grants for projects. The organization developed further structurally with operational system and resources development. By 2006, IBL’ staffs became 15, hence IBL moved and rented its office at Kartika Chandra. It is now more than one year that IBL resides in a better office at Sahid Sudirman Residence.

financial motive have not been sustained. The benefits are actually beyond that, i.e. knowledge, skills, profile, and reputation which grow over time.Working at IBL is not merely a job but also involves co-creation and self-motivation to do well, to develop own skills that enable us to help others (the community). Those that seek jobs for merely

There were times during global crisis 2009 and 2015, where many businesses collapsed. Many NGOs were also collapsed due to declining sources of donation. IBL strived with the perseverance of the executive team and support of its Board members. Again, sincere and strong leadership proved as fundamental pillar that survived IBL during the economic turmoil.

Organization sustainability includes succession of leadership. In 2013, the 1st Chair of Patrons – Mr Noke Kiroyan- passed on his token of leadership to Mr Heru Prasetyo. In May 2016 IBL appointed Mr Mohamad Fahmi as new Executive Director. All the best Pak Fahmi, your 10 year-engagement with IBL and with major projects in our door-step, should bring confidence to bring IBL up to its next level.

Congratulations and all my best wishes to you and other colleagues. Bravo IBL.

written by: Yanti Triwadiantini, Sustainability Adviser to Executive Director IBL