18 August 2020 | Press Release

Recognising the value of gender diversity in the workplace: higher profitability, productivity and creativity

Jakarta, Indonesia, 18 August 2020— Gender diversity in the workplace has helped Indonesian enterprises enhance their business outcomes, contributing to improved profitability and productivity. Around 77% of 400 surveyed Indonesian enterprises have enjoyed the benefits of gender diversity to their businesses, according to the latest research brief on the benefit of gender diversity in the workplace in Indonesia.

The research brief, Leading to success: The business case for women in business and management in Indonesia, reveals that among enterprises in Indonesia reporting better business outcomes, 66% reported increased profitability and productivity as well as greater creativity innovation and openness, 61% increased ability to attract and retain talent, 53% improved company’s reputation, and 46% better ability to gauge consumer interest and demand.

The research brief was developed through a joint collaboration between the ILO, Investing Women, the Indonesian Business Coalition for Women Empowerment (IBCWE) and the Indonesian Employers’ Association (APINDO), and funded by the Australian government, J.P. Morgan and the ILO’s Bureau of Employers Activities. This was also developed based on the ILO Global Survey in 2019, examining 13,000 enterprises across 70 countries, including 400 Indonesian enterprises.

To better understand the benefits and opportunities that come with gender diversity in the workplace in Indonesia, the research brief is going to be jointly launched on 19 August, during the interactive discussion, “Indonesian Women in Business and Management: The Business Case for Workplace Gender Equality.”

The event will highlight good practices and opportunities for further gender diversity in the workplace. It also aims to better equip champions in the public and private sector to promote the business case for change in terms of policy and practice.

The event will be officially opened by Ms. Haiyani Rumondang, Director General for Industrial Relations and Social Security Development, Ministry of Manpower, together with representatives of the Australian Embassy, the JP Morgan Chase Foundation, the ILO and the IBCWE.

The interactive discussion will be moderated by Mrs. Ninuk Pambudi, Kompas Deputy Chief Editor; with Mrs. Shinta W. Kamdani, founder of IBCWE and Vice Chairwoman of APINDO; Ms. Nurhayati Subakat, owner of PT. Paragon Technological and Innovation; and Mr. Ernest Hutagalung, CFO of Telkomtelstra as presenters.

They will discuss and examine key findings of the Indonesian brief, which acknowledges that women in Indonesia are surpassing men in terms of educational attainment and expanding their skills in STEM disciplines. They are increasingly well-trained and more engaged in the workforce. However, women’s career progression is impacted by attitudes and gender bias, which are impacting recruitment and promotion, work assignments, training and mobility.

The event will be held in light of the current context, where it has become clear that more than ever, many enterprises should review their business strategies and priorities to respond to challenges. Promoting gender diversity in the workplace has proven effective and presents an opportunity for businesses to embrace gender diversity as part of their core strategy: for increased productivity and profits, retaining talent, greater creativity, innovation and openness. Empowering women with skills that are demanded in growing industries will lead them to success in business and management.

Download a copy of the research brief, Leading to success: The business case for women in business and management in Indonesia.

The International Labour Organization (ILO) is the only tripartite UN agency since 1919. It brings together governments, employers and workers of 187 member states to set labour standards, develop polices and devise programmes promoting decent work for all women and men.

Investing in Women (IW), an initiative of the Australian Government, catalyses inclusive economic growth through women’s economic empowerment in South East Asia. IW uses innovative approaches to improve women’s economic participation as employees and as entrepreneurs and to influence the enabling environment to promote women’s economic empowerment through Workplace Gender Equality, Impact Investment through Women’s Small and Medium Enterprises and Influencing Gender Norms.

The Indonesia Business Coalition for Women Empowerment (IBCWE) is a coalition of companies that are committed to promote women’s economic empowerment and gender equality. Our mission is to support business to optimise its role in enhancing women’s economic empowerment and gender equality.



For further information, please contact:

The Indonesia Business Coalition for Women Empowerment

Fellicca P. Madiadipura | PR Officer | Mobile: +62821 2285 3334 | fmadiadipura@ibcwe.id


Gita F. Lingga | ILO’s Communications Officer | Mobile: +62815 884 5833 | gita@ilo.org

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