Indonesia Corporate Counsel Association (ICCA)
The Indonesian Corporate Counsel Association (ICCA), was founded on 30 April 2004 by six in-house legal counsels from various multi-national companies in Indonesia. These six founders are Mustika Kuwera (HSBC), Emilia Indra (at time in-house in HSBC, currently serve in RBS Bank), Widyaretna Buenastuti (Pfizer Indonesia), Yeni Fatmawati (currently in Sari Husada Danone, and was with Coca-Cola Indonesia at the time of the establishment), M Arif Widjaksono (formerly counsel of Philip Morris Indonesia, counsel of Axis at present) and Frida Chalid (was with Nestlé Indonesia before shift to Hutchison Port).
The main objective of the establishment of the ICCA is to increase awareness of the role of the in-house legal counsel within the business and legal communities in Indonesia. This awareness, of course, can only be achieved through increased communication within the in-house community itself, and so the association aims to provide a forum in which members can share information, best practices, up-to-date legal knowledge, and resources that will enrich the professional ability and the knowledge of the in-house counsel.
ICCA will focus on two main programs. The first is to provide opportunities for continual learning and maintaining and upgrading the skills of its members. The association hopes to achieve this through a series of seminars delivered by senior in-house lawyers from the ICCA itself, as well as respected external legal counsel. Secondly, it also will also establish and enhance networking between its members both socially and through electronic means, which will eventually result in a regular electronic circular and a dedicated website.
The association has been holding monthly seminars and discussion for members. The topics of these activities are designed to keep members informed of changes and developments in the relevant law and to facilitate the improvement of professional skills.