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20 Mar 2017

Indonesia: Wilmar allegedly tries to cover up labour abuses exposed in 2016 Amnesty report; company denies allegation


-  Amnesty International’s 2016 report ‘The Great Palm Oil Scandal: Labour Abuses Behind Big Brand Names’, stated that labour practices used at Wilmar plantations include child labour, forced labour, exposure to dangerous conditions and endemic discrimination against women.

-   Despite making a commitment to investigate the findings of the report and announcing that would it hire a consultancy for this purpose, Amnesty International has found no convincing evidence that Wilmar has addressed key issues including the use of high targets and piece rate which contributes to child labour, exploitation of female workers, and non-payment of the minimum wage.