Indonesia: Report links global brands to forced labour & other abuses in palm oil plantations

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This report investigates labour exploitation on plantations in Indonesia that provide palm oil to Wilmar, which is the world’s largest processor and merchandiser of palm and lauric (palm kernel) oils and controls over 43% of the global palm oil trade. The report also traces the palm oil produced in Indonesia for Wilmar to a range of consumer goods companies that use palm oil in their products.

Included in the report are the responses of Wilmar, the brands, and one of three Indonesian companies supplying to Wilmar (PT Sarana Prima Multi Niaga through its parent TSH Resources). Business & Human Rights Resource Centre tried to seek responses from the two Indonesian companies supplying to Wilmar that have not responded to the report. PT Abdi Budi Mulia did not respond. BEST Group could not be reached through available contact details.

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14 December 2016

Full company responses

Company responses from ADM, AFAMSA, Colgate-Palmolive, Elevance, Kellogg, Mars, Mondelez, Nestlé, Procter & Gamble, Reckitt Benckiser, TSH Resources Berhad, Unilever & Wilmar

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Article
14 December 2016

Palm Oil: Global brands profiting from child and forced labour

Author: Amnesty International

30 Nov 2016

Unilever, Nestlé, Procter & Gamble among nine household names contributing to labour abuse

The world’s most popular food and household companies are selling food, cosmetics and other everyday staples containing palm oil tainted by shocking human rights abuses in Indonesia, with children as young as eight working in hazardous conditions, said Amnesty International in a new report...

The report, The great palm oil scandal: Labour abuses behind big brand names, investigates palm oil plantations in Indonesia run by the world’s biggest palm oil grower, Singapore-based agri-business Wilmar, tracing palm oil to nine global firms: AFAMSA, ADM, Colgate-Palmolive, Elevance, Kellogg’s, Nestlé, Procter & Gamble, Reckitt Benckiser and Unilever...[includes responses from these companies]

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Company response
13 December 2016

Nestlé's response

Author: Nestlé

We take concerns about deforestation raised in Mighty Earth’s report on Olam seriously. Nestlé is an Olam customer.

The palm oil we purchase from Olam is 100% traceable, 100% responsibly sourced and 100% RSPO certified. None of it is sourced from Gabon, about which concerns have been raised, coming instead from locations in Malaysia and Indonesia.

Regardless, we remain committed to ensuring that our products are not associated with deforestation. We believe that a High Conservation Value (HCV) approach to this issue provides an important framework for guiding conservation and development decisions.

We are already discussing the findings of Mighty Earth’s report with Olam to ensure the company’s actions and commitments around the world continue to match our expectations, as set out in Nestlé’s Responsible Sourcing Guideline and Supplier Code

[See here for Nestlé's full response to Amnesty Intl.]

Article
13 December 2016

The Great Palm Oil Scandal: Labour abuses behind big brand names

Author: Amnesty International

7 Dec 2016

The world’s most popular food and household companies are selling food, cosmetics and other everyday staples containing palm oil tainted by shocking human rights abuses in Indonesia. [Full report - includes company responses]

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Company non-response
12 December 2016

Abdi Budi Mulia non-response

Abdi Budi Mulia did not respond to our request for comment on the Amnesty International report "The Great Palm Oil Scandal: Labour Issues Behind Big Brand Names". Related item here.