The name of Indonesia again received appreciation in the eyes of the world, this time through one of the biggest cosmetic entrepreneurs in Indonesia Dr. (H.C.) Martha Tilaar, founder and Chair of the Martha Tilaar Group from Indonesia. Dr. (H.C.) Martha Tilaar has officially been named SDG Pioneers 2018 for Advancing Sustainability Through Community Engagement from the UN Global Compact. The awarding ceremony was held at UN Headquarter, New York, United States and was attended by figures from the UN Global Compact.
The Global Compact is a UN initiative to encourage businesses around the world to adopt sustainable and socially responsible policies.
Each year the UN Global Compact gives Pioneer SDG awards to business leaders who help to realize the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). The UN agency gave awards to a group of people dubbed as the Pioneers SDG group – individuals from around the world who underwent the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through their companies and inspired others to support this movement.
Award ‘SDG Pioneer for Advancing Sustainability through Community Engagement ‘was given to Martha Tilaar because she was considered successful in empowering thousands of women through the company she led.
Since its establishment in 1970, Martha Tillar Group (MTG) has dedicated its company to empower women through various programs, including education and entrepreneurship. One of them is a spa and beauty training center that allows women to drop out of school to learn new skills so they avoid human smuggling.
Martha said that up to now there had been more than 6,000 women in Indonesia trained. He also became the first Indonesian to receive it, since the award was held in 2016. According to the UN Global Compact, there were more than 120 nominations from 50 competing countries, before finally being selected by 10 finalists as SDG Pioneers 2018.
Vice President Jusuf Kalla, who led the Indonesian delegation to the 73rd UN General Assembly, expressed his praise. “What is appreciated is how the process takes place, that really starts from the bottom, from natural then becomes big. Starting from small. Of course, the first thing that made Martha Tilaar’s mother because of that could award as a pioneer. We appreciate that I met yesterday, I congratulated you, “Kalla told VOA at the UN headquarters on Tuesday (9/25).
On the occasion also signed a partnership agreement between MTG and Asia Pulp & Paper, one of the largest producers of paper products in the world.
The two companies agreed to train 1,000 women in plantation areas in Indonesia to help preserve herbs and become independent entrepreneurs before 2020.