SESI Charter

The following is a working draft of a charter for SESI. It has not been approved or considered by the WSA and is only a starting point for discussion. If you would like to comment on any aspect of the draft, please click on the discussion link at the bottom of the page. The discussion can also be accessed at any time in the Forums section of the site. SESI welcomes your views.
  1. SESI means Subud Enterprise Services International.
    OBJECTS
  2. The objects of SESI are to:
    1. Assist the WSA and Subud members to put into practice the advice of Bapak Muhammad Subud Sumohadiwidjojo (Bapak) concerning enterprises;
    2. Promote and facilitate the development of commercial enterprises undertaken by Subud members individually and collectively
    3. Encourage Subud members to become entrepreneurial and enterprising in their lives and to develop an entrepreneurial culture within Subud;
    4. Encourage Subud enterprises and entrepreneurs to allocate part of their profits to support the growth and development of Subud and generally for the benefit of mankind.
    5. Serve, assist and advise the WSA on matters relating to enterprises;
    6. To act at all times consistently with the stated aims of the WSA including the ninth aim which reads To encourage the entrepreneurial spirit which enables people to express their true talents and develop the capacity to improve the quality of their lives.

    GENERAL
  3. SESI is a part of the World Subud Association (WSA) Executive.
  4. The Chairman of SESI is appointed by the CEO of the WSA at or, as soon as practical, following each Subud World Congress (see endnote regarding the term 'chairman').
  5. The term of the Chairman will normally be until the following Subud World Congress. If the Chairman’s position becomes vacant for any reason mid-term, the CEO of WSA will appoint another Chairman in the role until the next Subud World Congress.
  6. The CEO of the WSA will be guided by testing conducted by the International Helpers of the WSA in selecting the Chairman of SESI.
  7. The SESI Chairman will be a member of the World Subud Council (WSC).
  8. The SESI Chairman reports to the CEO of the WSA.
  9. The SESI Chairman may choose an executive board to assist in carrying out and coordinating the work of SESI between each Subud World Congress (SESI Executive Board). The size and membership of the SESI Executive Board shall be determined by agreement between the SESI Chairman and the CEO of the WSA. Directors on the SESI Executive Board are expected to be active Subud members. Decision making within the SESI Executive Board would normally be made by consensus, but the SESI Chairman has final authority on any matter where a consensus cannot be reached. Subject to practicalities, the SESI Executive Board should endeavour to meet in person annually during its tenure.
  10. The SESI Chairman may also choose an advisory board (SESI Advisory Board) to supplement the work and resources of the SESI Executive Board and to provide advice or assistance on particular matters from time to time. The size and membership of the SESI Advisory Board shall be determined by agreement between the SESI Chairman and the CEO of the WSA. The SESI Advisory Board will normally include a representative from other ‘Wings’ and from MSF as points of liaison. Where particular specialist expertise or advice is required, the SESI Chairman and the CEO of the WSA may agree to appoint a person to the SESI Advisory Board who is not currently an active Subud member (although this would not be the norm). There is no expectation that the SESI Advisory Board would meet in its entirety at any point in time, although individual members may be invited to meet with the SESI Executive Board from time to time.
  11. The roles of the SESI Chairman along with directors on the SESI Executive Board and members of the SESI Advisory Board are voluntary and do not attract any remuneration. The WSA may at its discretion from time to time reimburse or contribute towards direct costs and out-of-pocket expenses (such as travel) which are associated with the work of SESI.
  12. The WSA may, at its discretion, provide funding for initiatives and programmes to be implemented by SESI.
  13. SESI programs will normally be guided by a combination of (a) priorities established by the CEO of WSA and (b) priorities and plans formulated by the SESI Chairman and the SESI Executive Board.
    ACTIVITIES
  14. Subject to and in pursuit of the Objects outlined above, the scope of SESI’s activities may include but are not necessarily limited to the following:
    1. Advising the CEO of WSA and advising the WSC on policy, issues and other related matters.
    2. Provide communications to Subud members including news, discussions, commentary and information through relevant channels -- including but not limited to the development and maintenance of an SESI website and other websites and forms of online communication.
    3. Providing services directly or indirectly to Subud members including but not limited to workshops, meetings, seminars, information, training and educational activities, networking opportunities, databases, means of collaboration.
    4. Establish, coordinate and support a suitable organisational structure of SES representatives within the overall WSA structure at group, regional, national and zone or regional level, and whether alone or in collaboration with other wings and parts of the WSA.
    5. Publish, communicate and make known to Subud members the advice of Bapak Muhammad Subud Sumohadiwidjojo (Bapak) in relation to enterprise generally – as well as the experience of other Subud members putting this advice into practice.
    6. Liaise and collaborate with the other parts of the Subud organisation including MSF, SDIA, SICA, SYIA, SIHA on matters of shared interest and objectives.
    7. Seek funding and in-kind contributions from sources within Subud other than the WSA to help fund SESI programs and activities.
    8. Undertake research, conduct surveys, collect information, interpret data and publish findings.
    9. Work towards the establishment of a 'World Bank' as described by Bapak. Work towards the establishment of an investment company (or other appropriate form of incorporation) whose primary function is to invest in enterprises started by Subud members.
    10. Give particular support to the development of Subud enterprises in Kalimantan given the strategic importance of that region to the growth and development of Subud.
    11. Encourage Subud enterprises and entrepreneurs to allocate part of their profits to support social, humanitarian, cultural, educational and other not-for-profit activities particularly those which have been established by or are associated with Subud members.
    12. Encourage Subud enterprises and entrepreneurs to allocate part of their profits to support the growth and development of Subud generally for the benefit of mankind.
    13. Advise the WSA on matters relating to corporate governance and investment and fundraising activities by enterprises which identify themselves as ‘Subud enterprises’ and/or whom appeal to Subud members for support.
    14. Where invited by the WSA, represent and advocate the interests of WSA in relation to its direct or indirect shareholding or interest in any company, business or asset.
    15. Where invited by the WSA, represent and advocate the interests of Subud members generally in relation to any company or companies in which a significant number of Subud members have a shareholding or financial interest.
    16. Encourage the cross-fertilization of enterprise related activities with activities of a social, humanitarian, cultural, educational, healthcare, not-for-profit or other like nature being conducted by Subud members.
    17. Create particular links between enterprises and MSF and between enterprises and Susila Dharma International Association (SDIA) to aid in the long term work and viability of those organisations.
    18. Consider and if possible help establish a means or mechanism for Subud members to invest in Subud enterprises, with appropriate protection and governance for small, non-professional investors.
    19. Work collaboratively with other parts of the Subud organisation, particularly MSF to implement programs which encourage and facilitate the use of commercial enterprises:
      • to support the development of group Subud latihan halls and of regional or national centres;
      • to derive income from latihan halls, Subud houses and accommodation facilities – income which can support groups and their financial contributions to the Subud organisation.

    ACTIVITIES NOT PERMITTED
  15. SESI must not:
    1. Endorse, promote or solicit investment by Subud members at large in any particular enterprise, company or business (without the prior written permission of the WSA);
    2. Directly establish or operate any business enterprise, without the prior written permission of the WSA.

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