SOLO, NNC - Minister of Research, Technology and Higher Education Muhammad Nasir said industry can explore natural resources but should not damage the environment.
"Basically, today the industry cannot be seen just like the past, especially mining that is closely related to exploration," he said at the Sustainability Reporting Award 2017 held by the National Center for Sustainability Reporting (NCSR) at Lor In Hotel Solo on Saturday (2/24/2018).
He said in the current era of information technology, not only accountants are required to understand the condition but all levels must also understand the achievement of sustainable development goals.
"It's important how the environment can be well preserved. It relates to dealing with environmental degradation," he said.
He said the potential damage could occur among others in tin, coal, gold, and nickel mines.
Therefore, he advised that exploration should be done but the environment should not be damaged.
"Like the Newmont Mine in Minahasa, our message is to keep it from damage. How, for mercury not to disturb and pollute the sea. So, before exploration, the problem of sustainability should be noted," he said.
On the same occasion, NCSR Director Ali Darwin said the event was attended by 40 entities and through the sustainability reports of each of these companies it can be observed the impact of entity operations on the environment and society.
"Principally this is a spectacular event for those who in terms of performing companies always try to report on sustainability. On this occasion the winner over all is PT Perusahaan Gas Negara (PGN)," he said.
In general some of the awarded companies have a high level of concern for environmental, social, and economic sustainability.
"Even on this sustainability report Indonesia has become a pilot for other countries, such as Singapore, Philippines and Malaysia to study in Indonesia," he said, quoting Antara.