P&C RSPO: Must Protect the Children

P&C RSPO: Must Protect the Children

InfoSAWIT, JAKARTA – One improvement in Principles and Criteria (P&C) of Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) 2018 is about the children – one susceptible group in the industry. In specific, the new P&C obliges the members of RSPO to have formal policy about the children protection, and documented process and conditions to screening evidence and training to the staffs of the companies about the children protection and the smallholders’ plot.

Why Children?

As InfoSAWIT quoted from the official page of RSPO, the children safety and their protection in the plantation are the prior. The main aspect of their rights is to make sure that they have conducive and save place that could make them grow and open their full potential. For the children are susceptible, RSPO always maintain to ban children as labors based on the international laws.

What does ‘children as labors’ mean? ‘Children as labors’ means the work that violates their time when they are small, potential, and dignity. It is dangerous for them physically and mentally. This is available for them who are under 18 years old.

But it also does not mean that anyone less than 18 years old is forbidden to work. As a teenager, he could work or be involved to work which is not dangerous by assuming that there is limitation of protection.

The Secretariat of RSPO would develop the guidelines and the best management practices to erase the ‘children as labors’ in palm oil plantations as the effort to involve the device to protect the children’s rights for the members.

“To realize the goal, we keep renewing the information about the status and initiative progress which have something to do with the children’s rights to the members and stakeholders – the same responsibility is in the actors’ hand in every chain of stock,” RSPO noted. (T2)


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