Prior to commencing his work with FIHRRST, Bahtiar Manurung had more than 16 years of professional experience in both financial and non-financial audit, which included management, environmental and human rights audit.

He was involved in the establishment of business and human rights audit services of PT Moores Rowland Indonesia and the development of human rights audit tools based on the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and the significant areas of human rights associated with business operations.

Since 2015, Bahtiar has been working for FIHRRST as Operations Director. He has been intrinsically involved in the establishment of FIHRRST’s collaboration with the Ministry of Industry of the Republic of Indonesia and the Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries, as well as with the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KADIN) in promoting the concept of business and human rights in business.

Together with other FIHRRST human rights experts, Bahtiar has assisted the Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries in preparing a regulation requiring fisheries business actors to implement a system that ensures human rights are respected in their operations. This collaboration with the Fisheries Ministry has resulted in the signing of the Ministerial Regulation on the fisheries human rights system on 10 December 2015 followed by the signing of its implementation regulation on 23 January 2017.

With his expertise in Business and Human Rights, Bahtiar has been invited to speak at a number of business and human rights training gatherings and conferences organized by organizations such as the Indonesia Global Compact Network, Shift (a centre for business and human rights practice chaired by Prof. John Ruggie), and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.

He has also been a frequent speaker at business and human rights seminars organized by government institutions such as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia, the Ministry of Industry and the Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries.