“From 2-4 August 2016, Indonesia hosted the 12th World Islamic Economic Forum (WIEF) in Jakarta. With over 100 distinguished speakers the forum attracted more than 4000 delegates, the highest attendance ever.
According to WIEF Foundation Chairman, Mr Tun Musa Hitam, agreements made in the areas of Islamic finance, real estate, the franchise industry, the halal industry and others totalled USD 899.6 million.
One of the Gold Sponsors of the WIEF was the stock-listed Sime Darby Berhad, a diversified multinational with more than 120,000 employees – and member of the Islamic Reporting Initiative (IRI).
Dr Renard Siew, Sime Darby Berhad’s Head of Group Sustainability, is also an Advisory Council Member of the IRI.
Dr Siew: ‘With much experience in financial and sustainability reporting, I have become aware of the increasing demand from stakeholders for results that are relevant and actionable. The unique potential of the Islamic Reporting Initiative to respond to this demand is vast. Culturally responsive and impact-oriented, the ground-breaking initiative will accelerate progress towards economic, social and environmental prosperity in more than 50 Islamic countries.’
Following the keynote address by H.E. Joko Widodo, President of the Republic of Indonesia, and a special address by the Hon. Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib Tun Abdul Razak, Prime Minister of Malaysia, several conferences and workshops were organized with outstanding pools of participants to discuss the rise of the Islamic economy and the role of the private sector in regional cooperation. This year light was also shed on SMEs and microbusinesses which make up an overwhelming percentage of the workforce in Indonesia. The Indonesian stock exchange and Bursa Malaysia signed a Memorandum of Understanding to build affordable housing, expand education centres, develop a halal park, and open and develop banking and capital markets channels.
At the signing of the MoU, Tito Sulistio, President Director at Indonesia Stock Exchange said: “Malaysia has the largest Sharia financial market in the world while Indonesia has the largest Muslim population. By working together, I am confident that we can become a reference for Sharia products in the world.”
The IRI is an independent not-for-profit organization commended by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and the UN Global Compact Foundation for building the world’s first mainstream reporting framework on corporate sustainability and social responsibility based on Islamic values and principles.
The IRI will enable businesses worldwide to deliver effectively on the UN Sustainable Development Goals, realize sustainable economic expansion and effectively promote Islamic values and principles globally.