STARLING RESOURCES

Starling Resources is the sustainability consulting and advisory practice within Moores Rowland, providing a range of services to assist clients address strategic operational, financial, philanthropic and business related issues.

 

Things That Matters

What they are, of course, depends on one’s individual perspective. One set of issues that increasingly matters to us all, however is the protection, sustainable management, and efficient use of our natural resources: water, forests, fisheries, ecosystems and biodiversity, and any number of natural materials and products. The way we choose to deal with these issues certainly does matter.

It is the opportunity to address these issues that motivates Starling Resources. We believe that the many converging challenges and problems of natural resource degradation and destruction, and inefficiencies in material use, are driven by a combination of resolvable issues: pressures from poorly planned development, ill-informed analyses, lack of oversights in implementation, inadequate resource protection, and skewed economic incentives, to name but a few.

Starling Resources works with partners to design solutions to positively address some of the most important of these issues in Indonesia, South-East Asia, and the world.  Our work is broadly focused on the following areas:

  • Facilitating the development of the capacity, knowledge, awareness and practices critical to achieve sustainable resources management objectives, in the private, public, and NGO sectors.
  • Developing the proper policies, incentives and approaches to accurately reflect, preserve and maximize the immense value in our oceans and forests.
  • Development of strategies and planning for sustainable resources management, including business and financial planning for marine and terrestrial conservation and other resource stewardship initiatives.
  • Works with partners and communities to design initiatives that are compatible with, and create incentives for, natural resource protection and management.

The combination of these strategic services with Moores Rowland’s traditional audit, assurance and business advisory capabilities allows us to deliver an even broader sustainability service offering to current and new clients

BUSINESS AND HUMAN RIGHTS

  • We provide assistance and consultation to fisheries companies in the preparation of their human rights management system in accordance with Minister of Marine Affairs and Fisheries  Regulation No.35/PERMEN-KP/2015.
  • We carry out gap assessment on fisheries companies’ compliance with the Minister of Marine Affairs and Fisheries Regulation No.35/PERMEN-KP/2015.
  • We assist companies across all business sectors carry out assessment of human rights impacts and implement adequate procedures to prevent and mitigate companies’ human rights impacts
  • We provide training for company Human Rights Coordinators/Managers and officers
  • We provide training on business and human rights for government officials.

 

 

 

WHAT BUSINESS AND HUMAN RIGHTS MEANS

Business is able to create jobs and welfare, provide products and services, support community development and become a source of tax income of a country, which in turn can be used for the people’s welfare.

Without commitment towards human rights, however, business activity can have negative effects, for instance when employees are paid below the minimum wage, or community land is forcibly taken over for business activities.  

 

In June 2011, the United Nations Human Rights Council unanimously endorsed the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGP). These Guiding Principles provide guidance for the Country in the implementation of the State duty to protect human rights and guidance for the Company in the implementation of the corporate responsibility to respect human rights as well as guidance to remediate the human rights violations resulting from the Company's business activities.

 

As a follow up to the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, which stipulate that the states must protect against human rights abuse within their territory and/or jurisdiction by third parties including business enterprises, the Government of Indonesia has publicized the following:

 

1. Minister of Marine Affairs and Fisheries  Regulation No.35/PERMEN-KP/2015 on System and Certification of Human Rights in the Fisheries Industries issued on 8 December 2015 and Ministerial Regulation No.2/PERMEN-KP/2017 on Requirements and Mechanism of Human Rights Certification in the Fisheries Industries signed issued on 19 January 2017.

These regulations require fisheries companies to implement a system to respect human rights and have their systems certified. Fisheries companies shall have the certificate on their human rights system or otherwise their operation licence could be suspended or revoked.

 

2. Indonesia National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights that was issued by the National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) on 16 June 2017.

This National Action Plan, among others, suggests that companies regularly carry out human rights due diligence that includes identification,  prevention and mitigation of  human rights impacts and remediation of human rights harms related to company activity.

 

MOORES ROWLAND’S HUMAN RIGHTS JOURNEY 

In September 2010, a team from Moores Rowland Indonesia (then trading under the name of Mazars Indonesia), consisting of staff members from Legal, Audit, Internal Control and Marketing departments, set out several indicators in Human Rights and Social Compliance for Business in Indonesia.

These indicators were based on the Best Practice in Human Rights set out in The Human Rights Compliance Assessment (hereafter “HRCA”), which was developed by the Danish Institute for Human Rights in consultation with companies and human rights organizations. The HRCA was based on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Guidelines for Multi-National Enterprises, and about 80 human rights and International Labor Organization (ILO) conventions and declarations.

Moores Rowland believed that it would be able to assist the various sectoral companies, both on a national and multinational scale to conduct a Human Rights Impact Assessment and develop a human rights system within their business.

On 8 March 2012, Moores Rowland Indonesia (then trading under the name of Mazars Indonesia) received the inaugural IAB “Audit Innovation of the Year” award for its Human Rights Audit Practice. In its human rights audit, Moores Rowland Indonesia used the MIHRSC indicators it had developed that covered forced labour, child labour and young workers, conditions of employment and work, non-discrimination, freedom of association, workplace health and safety, community and environment impact and supply chain management. In making the award, the judges suggested that these indicators could set a benchmark for global best practice.

To help obtain the extensive international input necessary to further develop these indicators, Moores Rowland then joined with the non-profit business and human rights centre, Shift, to found the Reporting and Assurance Framework Initiative (RAFI). It was later to withdraw its participation due to fears of possible conflict of interest due to the Moores Rowland certification business.

In order to divorce itself from such fears, Moores Rowland has since ceased its involvement in the development of standards to concentrate on consultation and training activities. Meanwhile, development of standards is now carried out by FIHRRST, an international non-profit founded by the prime instigators of the initial indicators together with other human rights luminaries, to respect, protect and fulfil human rights. FIHRRST is the holder of the updated standard, the Business and Human Rights International Standard for Certification (BHRISC 2011).

 

ICT ASSESSMENT SERVICES

Moores Rowland is a member of the select group of accredited assessors of the Global Network Initiative (GNI), to provide an independent assessment of compliance by GNI member companies with GNI’s Principles on Freedom of Expression and Privacy. GNI is dedicated to Protecting and Advancing Freedom of Expression and Privacy in Information and Communication Technologies.

Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is a relatively new sector, at least in the way it connects the peoples of the world, and as such faces fresh challenges in defining its standards of governance. From America to Asia, Europe to the Middle East and Africa, companies in the ICT sector are facing increasing government pressure to comply with domestic laws and policies in ways that may conflict with the internationally recognized human rights of freedom of expression and privacy.

To address this challenge, a multi-stakeholder group of companies and civil society organizations (including human rights and press freedom groups), investors and academics came together to create a collaborative approach to protect and advance freedom of expression and privacy, and have formed GNI to take the work onwards.

Freedom of Expression:         

Freedom of opinion and expression is a human right and guarantor of human dignity. The right to freedom of opinion and expression includes the freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.

  • Participating companies will respect and work to protect the freedom of expression of their users by seeking to avoid or minimize the impact of government restrictions on freedom of expression, including restrictions on the information available to users and the opportunities for users to create and communicate ideas and information, regardless of frontiers or media of communication.
  • Participating companies will respect and work to protect the freedom of expression rights of users when confronted with government demands, laws and regulations to suppress freedom of expression, remove content or otherwise limit access to communications, ideas and information in a manner inconsistent with internationally recognized laws and standards.

 

Privacy

Privacy is a human right and guarantor of human dignity. Privacy is important to maintaining personal security, protecting identity and promoting freedom of expression in the digital age.

Everyone should be free from illegal or arbitrary interference with the right to privacy and should have the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks.

  • Participating companies will employ protections with respect to personal information in all countries where they operate in order to work to protect the privacy rights of users.
  • Participating companies will respect and work to protect the privacy rights of users when confronted with government demands, laws or regulations that compromise privacy in a manner inconsistent with internationally recognized laws and standards.

The initial participating global internet-related companies were Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Yahoo, who were joined by Linkedin in 2014. In May 2017, however, they were joined by seven new member companies in the telecommunications field, which means the combined customer base of GNI members now totals some 1.5 billion people in 120 countries around the world.

Like the existing company members, the new members commit to the GNI Principles and agree to have their commitment to these principles evaluated every two years through GNI’s independent company assessment process.   

SUSTAINABILITY ASSURANCE

Moores Rowland in Indonesia is an Organizational Stakeholder of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and licensed as an assurance provider by Accountability (UK). In undertaking its assurance assignments to provide credibility to company sustainability reports, Moores Rowland utilizes the following Assurance Standards:

  • AA1000 Assurance Standard (2008);
  • AA1000 AccountAbility Principles Standard (2008) of Inclusivity, Materiality and Responsiveness;
  • International Standard on Assurance Engagements (ISAE) 3000 Revised, Assurance Engagements Other than Audits or Reviews of Historical Financial Information.

 

Meanwhile, the criteria used are:

  • GRI G4 & Sector Disclosures, the fourth generation of the GRI Guidelines released in May 2013, to assess the credibility of information stated in the report;
  • AA1000 AccountAbility Principles Standard (2008) to evaluate the implementation of the Inclusivity, Materiality and Responsiveness principles.

 

The design of these evidence gathering procedures enables Moores Rowland to obtain a limited level of sustainability assurance in order to provide confidence to report readers of the reduction of risks or errors to a very low level, although not necessarily to zero.

As an Organizational Stakeholder of GRI, Moores Rowland is also a promoter of the whole concept of sustainability reporting and provides consultancy as well as training to both business executives and government officials on what responsible sustainability reporting actually entails.

Basically, Sustainability Reporting is reporting on the economic, environmental and social policies, impacts and performance of an organization and its products in the context of sustainable development. Commonly referred to as Triple Bottom Line Reporting, it underlines the fact that in carrying out its operations a company has responsibilities to the environment and society at large as well as to its own shareholders. As such, it is not sufficient for a company to just report its successes but also to outline the challenges and problems it faces and how it plans to address these issues.    

Sustainability reporting has grown rapidly over the past decade and today over 80 per cent of Fortune 500 listed companies produce sustainability reports. Moreover, to have these reports verified by an independent external party only adds to the veracity of their content. While such reporting is not generally obligatory, there is growing demand to meet the expectations of stakeholders in this regard. In addition, it seems likely that other exchanges will follow the lead of the Singapore Exchange, which has introduced mandatory sustainability reporting for all listed companies from financial year 2017.

Being an Organizational Stakeholder of GRI enables Moores Rowland in Indonesia to stay abreast of the latest developments, thus making it sound business sense to contact Moores Rowland for all your questions in regard to Sustainability Reporting.    

MEDIA MONITORING SERVICES

To remain competitive, enterprises must be certain that their marketing/ PR campaigns are providing maximum value and impact, while  benchmarking campaigns requires  comprehensive information. Managing corporate reputation also depends on an  acute awareness of how the enterprise is being covered in media, blogs and message boards around the world. To solve these challenges efficiently and easily, enterprises can turn to Moores Rowland`s Media Monitoring Service

It`s Your Investment!

Our Approach

Moores Rowland provides tools and content that allow enterprises to use information to make smarter and faster decisions. Moores Rowland`s media monitoring products combine research tools, deeper analysis, and online access capability into powerful solutions that give you the ability to track and document the effectiveness of your communications activities. More effective monitoring of your key subjects against a broad range of traditional and new media affords a better understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of your current communications strategies, plus enables you to recognize new opportunities for success.

 

How It Works

All your news that's fit to print delivered right to your desktop. Scores, even thousands  of print publications are read and scanned for your company, products, brands or competitors. Moores Rowland monitors national and regional newspapers, trade and consumer magazines, newsletters, business and trade journals, and more.

Providing comprehensive and customized Website services, we deliver the data in an easy-to-share format providing performance statistics, charts and graphs. Unlimited username and filterable password

What we measure for your industry :

  • Daily highlight
  • Analysis summary
  • Total coverage
  • Sentiment of each news article
  • Count of brand mention in text and in title
  • Media category
  • Type of article