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Korindo Indigenous Report 2020

By 16 November 2020October 26th, 2021Publication4 min read


This “Korindo Indigenous Report” explains Korindo Group (“KG”) commitments and contribution to indigenous peoples of Papua and other regions of Indonesia.

KG abides by all the rules and regulations of the Indonesian government and goes beyond obligations and duties to reach, communicate, work and live with indigenous peoples.

As it is the case with all old civilizations, there are clear and well-established social contracts and customs as well as intrinsic property rights dictated and practiced by many tribes (Suku in Bahasa Indonesia) and clans (Marga in Bahasa Indonesia). There are more than 10 tribes and approximately 60 Margas in KG’s concessions in Papua alone, and we must work with representatives of Sukus and Margas, not with an individual in the tribe or clan, per their rules and customs.

Their governance structure and system is no less complex or logical than that of developed countries. Elders in each Marga and Suku, after reaching a consensus per their customary rules, execute and pronounce their decisions including matters involving KG compensation allocation. In a way, elders and leaders assume and exercise the roles of executives and directors on behalf of the shareholders.

It is a serious mistake to attempt to apply the Western values to the aboriginal issues. For instance, clan/Suku elders, after consulting with their members, often decide that members who married outside the clan or recently rejoined the clan after having lived in other parts of Indonesia are entitled to less compensation. It is unethical that some NGOs knowingly mislabel these decisions as some sort of human rights violation.

It is KG’s duty and obligation to respect and abide by the culture and customs of the Sukus and Margas, we cannot, should not, and do not interfere with their internal decisions vis-à-vis compensation.

It is a popular misconception that indigenous peoples in regions such as Papua do not want development and that they wish to maintain the old ways by hunting for food and living in huts. A vast majority of people want development to secure reliable employment and better housing, ascertain the steady supply of food, drive cars, get electricity in their homes, have an Internet connection, and get access to modern medical facilities for their family members.

Sending their children to good schools is the most important point for most of them as the affluent ftiture of their children is only possible with education and development, which is what KG has zeroed in on through collective social infrastructure programmes.

This “Korindo Indigenous Report” discusses in detail as to how indigenous peoples make their collective social decisions and how we work with them.

We are pleased to inform you that The Honourable Donald Johnston, former Secretary General of the OECD and the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada is the Chair of Korindo ESG Board. Mr Johnston drafted the Korindo ESG Charter and assesses our ES G Programme and publishes the Korindo ESG Report.

It should be noted that under Mr. Johnston’s stewardship, the OECD adopted the internationally acclaimed Anti Bribery Convention, took the global lead in establishing Principles of Corporate Governance (now the world standard) and revised Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, the bedrock of what is now known as corporate social responsibility. He also created in 1997 the Round Table on Sustainable Development which continues to be the informal back channel for discussions on environmental challenges among the world leaders.