January 18, 2024, SBM ITB, celebrated its twentieth anniversary, culminating in the Avirama Nawasena Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) Innovation Awards ceremony held at the ITB Jakarta campus. In line with the Principles of Responsible Management Education (PRME) and environmental, social, and governance (ESG) practices, SBM ITB is redefining its role in shaping the future of educational institutions.

The “Indonesian Business Sustainability Towards ESG: Challenges and Implementation” event also featured three talk show sessions centered on the overarching theme “Education for Sustainable Development: Role and Strategy of Business Schools.” The sessions were led by three individuals deeply involved in sustainable practices: Jalal, Chairman of the advisory board of Social Investment Indonesia; Yani Saloh, representing the Katingan Mentaya Project and serving as a community SDGs specialist; and Melia Famiola, Ph.D., Chairperson of the SBM ESG Team. Dr. N. Nurlaela Arief, MBA, an SBM ESG internal team member, moderated the discussions.

Jalal, the first speaker, discussed the ESG transformation in Indonesia, emphasizing that while the practice is still in its early stages, several companies are beginning to move forward due to the incentives provided. He stressed the importance of increasing standards, ratings, sustainability rankings, and ESG practices.

Yani Saloh, the second speaker from the Katingan Mentaya Project, shared insights into the project’s initiatives and its impact on society. She highlighted the necessity of active community involvement and capacity building to achieve the long-term goal of a carbon-neutral society.

Melia Famiola focused on the role of business schools, particularly SBM ITB, in the sustainability agenda. She underscored the importance of addressing the region’s lag in progress toward the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through comprehensive educational approaches. Melia highlighted UNESCO-developed educational transformation plans and SBM ITB’s commitment to leveraging cutting-edge techniques to foster collaboration necessary for sustainability.

Following the talk show, gratitude and acknowledgment were extended to the recipients of the Avirama Nawasena Awards in two main categories: institutions and individuals. Winners were selected by a panel comprising experts, scholars, businesspeople, and alumni in collaboration with Detik Jabar and the Emil Salim Institute. Notable recipients included:

Institution Category

1. Sustainable Product Innovation, the winner:

PT South Pacific Viscose

PT. PLN Nusantara Power Up Cirata


Avirama Nawasena Award, given to PT. PLN Nusantara Power Up Cirata,

2. Sustainable Service Innovation ,the winner:


– Vishnu Foundation


Avirama Nawasena, given to Amartha

3. Sustainable Innovation in Supply Chain, the winner

Get Plastic Foundation

Avirama Nawasena, given to Get Plastic Foundation,

4. Organization and Human Capital Support for Sustainability, the winner

Mycotech Lab


R.O.L.E Foundation

Bali Fair Trade Partners


Avirama Nawasena, given to Javara

5. Societal change Innovation, the winner:

PT Rimba Makmur Utama (Katingan Mentaya Project)

Bumi Sasmaya Foundation


IDEP Foundation

Avirama Nawasena, given to PT Rimba Makmur Utama (Katingan Mentaya Project)

6. Sustainable accountability Disclosure and Reporting, the winner

PT. Pupuk Indonesia (Persero).

PT Astra International (Tbk.)

PT Adaro Indonesia (Tbk.)

PT. Bank Rakyat Indonesia (Persero)Tbk

Avirama Nawasena, given to PT Pupuk Indonesia (Persero)

Individual Category

1. Sustainable Product Innovation, the winner:

Rendy Aditya Wachid

– Hartati

Ronny Lukito

Mohammad Naufal

Avirama Nawasena was given to Rendy Aditya Wachid, from Parongpong Recycle and Waste

2. Sustainable Service Innovation, the winner:

Gibran Huzaifah Amsi El Farizy

Gamal Albinsaid

Avirama Nawasena was given to Gibran Huzaifah Amsi El Farizy from eFishery

3. Societal change Innovator (Socio-economic), the winner

Singgih Susilo Kartono

Tri Mumpuni Wiyatno

Swietenia Puspa Lestari

Avirama Nawasena was presented to Swietenia Puspa Lestari from Divers Clean Action.

Additionally, SBM presented “lifetime achievement” awards to three influential figures in the field of education and sustainable development: (alm) Prof. Ir. H. Surna Tjahja Djajadiningrat, (alm) Prof. Dr. Ir. Kuntoro Mangkusubroto, M. Eng., and Prof. H. Emil Salim, M.A., Ph.D.

In his closing remarks, Prof. H. Emil Salim reflected on the legacy of Prof. Kuntoro Mangkusubroto, highlighting his compassionate actions during the 2006 Aceh tsunami and emphasizing the importance of passing such values to future generations.

As a learning institution founded on sustainability principles, SBM ITB aims to inspire collaboration among organizations, from MSMEs to corporations, to create an optimal environment and enhance the social economy. The collaboration between SBM and the Emil Salim Institute aims to enrich sustainable education further and fulfill SBM’s mission.

Written by Student Reporter (Agustin Anandia Kartika, Management 2024)