Free And Fair Labor In Palm Oil Production

Palm oil is the world’s most popular vegetable oil, accounting for more than 30 percent of global vegetable oil consumption. It is used as cooking oil, in household products such as detergents, cosmetics, and processed food, and increasingly for biofuel. Since 1990, global palm oil consumption has quintupled. As consumption grows, there is increasing documentation—by major media outlets, governments, and NGOs—that palm oil production often relies on forced labor and other modern forms of slavery. Even those plantation and mill workers not subject to forced labor face harsh working conditions and challenges to basic human and labor rights. Understanding this reality, it is imperative that those companies that source, trade, and produce palm oil make sure that the rights of workers are respected and that they have the opportunity to earn a decent livelihood for themselves and their families.


Title: Free And Fair Labor In Palm Oil Production
Authors: Humanity United
Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility
International Labor Rights Forum
Rainforest Action Network
Tags: palm oil plantation
labour rights
hazardous pesticides
decent livelihood
Date: 3-Mar-2015
Publisher: Humanity United, Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility, International Labor Rights Forum, Rainforest Action Network, and Verité
Category Type: Researches
Appears in Sub-Collections:Informal Labour

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