The Quest for Green Palm Oil [Indonesia]

Author: Diana Parker, Jakarta Globe (Indonesia), Published on: 15 November 2013

The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil’s 11th annual meeting in Medan kicked off…amid harsh criticism from environmental, human rights and labor groups claiming the organization has failed in its mandate to make sustainable and rights-respecting palm oil the norm. Thousands of protesters…gathered outside the meetings…to deliver a set of demands…regarding widespread labor abuses…[O]n the ground, serious abuses such as child labor, violence against women and arbitrary firings continue to occur, the Indonesian Trade Unions Alliance [said]...[A]ccording to the alliance, workers who try to establish unions “are faced with intimidation, displacement, wage cuts and are even fired.”…

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