Skip to Content

Saturday, September 21st, 2019

Indonesian & Malaysian palm oil firms acknowledge increasing need to respond to human rights concerns, not just environmental ones

Closed
by April 16, 2017 General

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.

George went on to announce that Wilmar… has joined forces with fair labour non-profit organisation Verite  to find scalable solutions to address labour abuses in its supply chain…

Indonesian and Malaysian palm oil firms acknowledge increasing need to respond to human rights concerns, and not just environmental ones

Read the full post here

Related companies:Felda Global VenturesSime DarbyWilmar International

Previous
Next