PRME Corner August Update:Sustainable Local Communities and the Efforts to Achieve It

UntitledAmong all the 17 goals of Sustainable Development Goals set by the United Nations in 2015, goal number 11 states about sustainable cities and communities. This goal entails the urgent need of new approach to develop our urban areas as well as the communities around us. This goal was created to anticipate the rapid growth of urbanization as currently more than half of the global population reside in urban areas. In Indonesia alone, more than 60 percent of the citizens now live in urban. Other reason why this goal is important because many communities in Indonesia now live underdeveloped. It requires extra efforts from the stakeholders to collaborate together to alleviate poverty and other existing problems in the communities.It is an inevitable fact that even though businesses seem to put more focus on maximizing profit, they cannot neglect the role of communities as the businesses? important stakeholders. Strong communities provide opportunities for businesses for collaboration and growth. In the long run, listening to the community’s voices will lead to the increase of customer base for the business.

As a member of a UN-initiative Principle for Responsible Management Education (PRME), SBM ITB also actively contributes to develop local communities through its teaching, research, and community service activities. For example, a core course of Human Society offered for undergraduate program at SBM ITB aims to equip students with knowledge, skills, and experience in understanding societies and communities around them. This course also allows students to conduct a week of excursion in the local communities (usually villages) to identify the problems there, and to find solutions to solve the problems. In that way, students can have active role in helping communities solving their problems. The problems can range from identifying local economic potentials to developing business plan for farmers in the communities.

Other activity at SBM ITB that can be considered as an instrumental community development program is SEED (Social Enterprise for Economic Development), a program designed to invite local and international students to sit together in joining a mix of in-class and excursion activities to provide solutions for local economic problem in a remote village area. This year in August, the SEED program was held in a local area in Sumedang, West Java, and successfully invite participants from various countries. Not only did the program give the opportunity for participants to observe the real economic problem in a rural area, but it also offered multicultural interactions among the participants themselves, and between participants and local people.

In the future, it is expected that the sustainable development goals values can be reflected in every activity at SBM ITB. For any sustainable development issues and PRME initiative at SBM ITB, you can contact prme@sbm-itb.ac.id




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