Palm Oil Stains: Child Labor Used in Supply Chains by Big Glossy Brands

Friday, December 2, 2016
By Paul Martin

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 (AI) in a new report.

The report, entitled: “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 agribusiness Wilmar, tracing palm oil to nine global firms: AFAMSA, ADM, Colgate-Palmolive, Elevance, Kellogg’s, Nestlé, Procter & Gamble, Reckitt Benckiser and Unilever.

“The key findings are that on Indonesian plantations there is child labor and forced labor, violations relating to the minimum wage and wide spread discrimination towards women. This is happening on plantations that are operated by Wilmar and much is being marketed and sold as certified or sustainable,” Seema Joshi, Head of Business and Human Rights at Amnesty International, told Sputnik.

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