Indonesian & Malaysian palm oil firms acknowledge increasing need to respond to human rights concerns, not just environmental ones
Author: Hannah Koh, Eco-Business, Published on: 16 April 2017
“Has the conversation about palm oil moved from environment to people?”, 12 April 2017
The debate surrounding the palm oil sector’s sustainability is moving from the environment to focusing on social issues, say industry practitioners at a conference in Singapore…
Rashyid Redza Anwarudin, vice-president and head of sustainability reporting and social performance at…palm oil giant Sime Darby commented: “What we’ve seen in the last three years is a shift from an interest in the palm oil sector’s environmental issues to social issues. There is more interest in how Sime Darby is performing in human rights, sexual harassment and management of foreign workers.”
Noting a similar increase in pressure over social and labour issues, Wilmar International’s general manager – group sustainability, Perpetua George, credited it to the progress made in environmental conservation.
She said that while deforestation was a relatively well understood issue, labour exploitation was “undefined” by comparison.
Indonesian and Malaysian palm oil firms acknowledge increasing need to respond to human rights concerns, and not just environmental ones