Jakarta, 3 June 2021. PT XL Axiata Tbk (XL Axiata) affirms its support for gender equality in the business world. Speaking in front of the G20 Empower Indonesia Forum – Senior Leaders Meeting on Women Empowerment on 27 May 2021, XL Axiata's President Director & CEO, Dian Siswarini said that to implement gender equality, XL Axiata runs a number of programs related to recruitment and competency improvement without gender boundaries or gender-based special treatment. The process of recruiting new employees, including at the leadership level, is entirely based on considerations surrounding expertise.
Dian said, “I am committed to supporting women's leadership and gender equality by providing soft-skill enhancement and making digitalization a solution in encouraging Indonesian women to continue to realize their dreams, so that they can become leaders in their respective fields. I believe that by supporting women's leadership as well as gender equality, we can all participate in the development of the country we love, which is for a Better Indonesia.”
Dian added that XL Axiata also provides employee capacity building programs, such as the Axiata Champion and Xseed Program, where selected employees receive career assistance opportunities. By having 240 employees at the leadership level, 29.6% of whom are women, XL Axiata has nearly closed the gap according to the national norm of 30%. In addition, two of the six directors at XL Axiata are women, namely Dian, and Director & Chief Strategic Transformation and Information Officer, Yessie D. Yosetya. Yessie was also officially appointed as chair of the G20 Empower representing Indonesia.
In addition, XL Axiata also runs a ‘Sisternet’ sustainability program that actively encourages the capacity building of Indonesian women entrepreneurs. Currently, Sisternet has succeeded in assisting approximately 40 thousand business players. With a mission to digitize approximately 1 million Indonesian women MSMEs by 2025, Sisternet provides a series of programs such as providing educational content and free webinar classes every week through the Sisternet application. Meanwhile, to support education without gender restrictions, XL Axiata Future Leaders (XLFL) provide two years of intensive leadership development to nurture Indonesia’s Future Generation. For more than 9 years, XLFL has reached more than 200,000 students as beneficiaries, received 1,310 scholarship recipients, and more than 40,000 elearn.id recipients. 51.61% of recipients of the aforementioned scholarships are women.
In the event, which was also attended by the Minister for Women’s Empowerment and Child Protection of the Republic of Indonesia or Menteri Pemberdayaan Perempuan dan Perlindungan Anak Republik Indonesia (PPPA), Bintang Puspayoga, discussions were held surrounding strategic steps and preparations of joint commitments from both the government side as well as commitments to be implemented by all Advocates of G20 Empower Indonesia. The Advocates in this case are women leaders at the highest level who hold decision-making capabilities in their respective companies or associations, who are committed to sharing their best practices and carrying out the vision and message of G20 EMPOWER, which is to support women’s leadership and gender equality within the company, sector, or the company’s network. A total of 25 (twenty five) Advocates attended this event.
In addition to Dian, a number of other CEOs and/or top leadership also attended the event, which included Noni Purnomo, President Director of PT. Bluebird Group; Neneng Goenadi, Country Managing Director of Grab Indonesia; Ernest Hutagalung, Chief Finance Officer of Telkomtesra; Parwati Surjaudaja, President Director of Bank OCBC NISP; Chrisanti Indiana, Chief Marketing Officer of Sociolla; Shinta Widjaja Kamdani of Sintesa Group; Nita Yudi, President of the Indonesian Women Entrepreneurs Association or Ikatan Wanita Pengusaha Indonesia (IWAPI); Nucha Bachri, Founder of Parentalk ID; along with a number of other company leaders.
In 2022, Indonesia will receive the honor of hosting the G20. As one of the preparations for Indonesia’s chairmanship, in this meeting, the PPPA Ministry and the Advocates agreed to increase the level of active participation of all parties through the involvement and implementation of best practices of the Indonesian Women Leaders from various large companies, by joining as Advocates to represent Indonesia in the G20 Empower Alliance.
“It is hoped that the commitments conveyed by the Ministries and companies of Advocates will be a strength in supporting the preparation of Indonesia's chairmanship as the host of the G20 in 2022, so that the good practices that have been carried out in the companies of the Advocates, who have supported women's leadership and gender equality, can be implemented in other companies, both in G20 and non-G20 countries, while at the same time bringing pride to the name of the country we love, Indonesia." said Yessie.
G20 Empower is an alliance that was launched at the G20 Summit in Osaka, Japan, in 2019. G20 Empower itself aims to build and support private sector networks in G20 member countries by identifying challenges and supporting the advancement of women's leadership in the private sector. Empower Indonesia's G20 membership is currently represented by a focal point consisting of representatives from the Ministry of PPPA, the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry or Kamar Dagang dan Industri (KADIN), the Indonesian Women Entrepreneurs Association or Ikatan Wanita Pengusaha Indonesia (IWAPI), and PT. XL Axiata, Tbk.
Forum G20 Empower Indonesia Di XL Axiata