RSPO – Stakeholders Identify the Labors’ Issues in Indonesia

RSPO – Stakeholders Identify the Labors’ Issues in Indonesia

InfoSAWIT, JAKARTA – In the recent days, the multi stakeholder organization, Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil  (RSPO), International Labor Organization (ILO), and Christelijk Nationaal Vakverbond (CNV) International joined the workshop with Jaringan Serikat Pekerja dan Serikat Buruh Sawit Indonesia (JAPBUSI ); Jaringan Tenaga Kerja Kelapa Sawit Indonesia to get more education, strengthen, and intervene everything which relates to the human rights and labor in palm oil sector.

Through nine labors’ federations in Indonesia and four confederations, the workshop provided the ideal platform for RSPO and the stakeholders to listen to what the labors said, and to identify the ways to educate and empower them to understand more about their rights to develop palm oil industries sustainably.

The Manager of Human Rights and Social Standards, RSPO, Kamini Visvananthan said that the workshop was good to the labors because it would help them to understand about the challenge and change they face in the local level in Indonesia. “This also gives us chance to notice the important change in relation with the human rights and labor in the certification standard that would be reviewed; the Principles and Criteria (P&C) RSPO 2018,” he said in the official statement to InfoSAWIT recently.

To help and to describe the main changes in the groups, RSPO would make the connection between some identified issues in the obidience study of the labors that Profundo recently did in Indonesia, and how this would be discussed in P&C 2018, including the best practices.

Executive Secretary of JAPBUSI, Nursanna said that her side thought that it is good initiative to take the labor organizations to know more about the new P&C RSPO that could be used to negotiate with the company.

For some months to go, the Labor Task Force of RSPO would publish the audit guideline documents to help the auditors to audit the obidience of the labors in their audit, the guidelines about the children’s rights for the palm oil companies, and guidelines to implement worthy life.

The implementation of standard of living feasibility is the same with what RSPO has done to pay the proper salary for every worker in the unit (company) having RSPO certificate. For the goal, RSPO would strengthen its effort to reduce the mismanagement of the labor in this sector.



JAPBUSI is the network of the labors and palm oil workers’  union in Indonesia, and is an ad-hoc network which was founded to promote the fairness and welfare for the workers in palm oil sectors in Indonesia starting from the upstream to downstream sectors. The network is committed and collaborates together to vocalize, advocate, and struggle for their rights in palm oil industries in Indonesia.


About ILO

International Labor Organization (ILO) devotes to promote the social fairness and human rights and labors that are admitted internationally, realizes the mission of the founder that social fairness is important for the universal and immortal peace.


About CNV International

CNV International Foundation is part of national confederation of the CNV labors union in Netherland. It cooperates with the labors’ unions in many developing countries since it was founded in 1967. Together with its partners, CNV International protects and promotes the labors’ rights through the consultative and coherent model based on social thought.

Social dialogue, pluralism of labors’ unions, and responsibility of the individual worker are the values of key. The mission of CNV Internationa is to contribute to the worthy work in the developing countries by strengthening their position in the formal and informal economy.


About RSPO

Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) was founded in 2004 within the goal, to promote and use sustainable palm oil products through the credible standard globally and the involvement of the stakeholders. RSPO is the non-profit organization which unites the stakeholders from seven sectors in palm oil industries, they are, the producer, the processor or traders, the consumer goods- producers, the retailers, the banks and investors, the environment or conservation campaigners and social or development campaigners.

The representation of the multi-stakeholders is reflected in the structure of RSPO and the board of governor, steering committee and the work groups which are allocated fairly in every sector.

Within this, RSPO runs the ‘roundtable’ phylosophy by giving the equal rights to each group of the stakeholders, facilitates them which traditionally are enemy to cooperate to get the decision through the concensus and realizes the same vision in RSPO, to make sustainable palm oil as the same norm. (T2)



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