Jakarta (ANTARA) - State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) Minister Erick Thohir is keen that every SOEs' Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program be consolidated together rather than divided separately.

"We want every SOE's CSR to be consolidated with one another and not be divided separately," Thohir stated at an online press conference in Jakarta, Thursday.

Akin to human capital transformation, Thohir also wants improvements in all areas and not only in education for commissioners, Chief Executive Officers (CEOs), Chief Financial Officers (CFOs), and others in the form of leadership, with emphasis on siding with young and women leadership.

Similar to the earlier SOEs Public Relations Forum, Thohir is keen that each of these consolidating strategies is concrete in addition to targeting the right niche. For instance, State-owned PT Bank Rakyat Indonesia (BRI) encourages Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) financing in the village, while State-Owned Enterprises Mandiri Bank emphasizes on urban banking for the city residents.

"We try to map everything out, as it is very important that SOEs, as state-owned companies, be managed professionally. What does this have to do with CSR? CSR is part of the SOEs' concerns for the community. Instead of each CSR program being scattered and separated, we try to conduct consolidation," the minister addressed.

Earlier, Thohir emphasized that the SOEs' CSR program was focused on the education sector, MSMEs, and the environment.

CSR in the education sector includes the distribution of qualified education for Indonesian children to have convenient access to science and technology. Meanwhile, the empowerment of MSMEs aims for an upgrade in the business sector, while the SOEs' CSR in the environment focuses on nature conservation and reforestation.

Thohir remarked that the implementation of CSR must also take into account sustainable development goals for the community's empowerment.

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Translator: Aji Cakti, Resinta S
Editor: Suharto
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