InfoSAWIT, KUALA LUMPUR – In the recent days, the multi-stakeholder organization, Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) in cooperation with Labor Task Force (LTF) launched the first document guideline for palm oil industries about the Decent Living Wages (DLW) for the palm oil labors which was adopted from the Global Living Wage Coalition (GLWC), to determine the DLW for every labor in the plantations that become the members of RSPO.
As the important element of Principles and Criteria (P&C) 2018 which was agreed recently, the guideline would help the members of RSPO to validate that the salary of their labors is enough for him and his family to have the decent living by considering every needs in the family, such as, good housing, sanitation, clean water, medical issues, and education for the children.
The guideline also explained how to determine, calculating the DLW, calculating the salary, the gap of living wage, and the ways to develop the independent implementation plans for the smallholders of RSPO to get the proper DLW.
Sustainability Senior Manager, Kuala Lumpur Kepong Berhad (KLK), who is also the member of Board of Governor of RSPO, Lee Kuan Yee said that the concept is relatively new in palm oil industries and the secretariat of RSPO would run some workshop and discussion together with the smallholders and other stakeholders to perfect the guideline and the implementation of policy for the smallholders to implement DLW progressively.
“The guideline is not the end but only the start of a process and we would keep cooperating with the smallholders, RSPO Secretariat, and other stakeholders to make sure that everyone really understands the concept and could run,” he said in the official statement to InfoSAWIT.
The Manager of Standard Human Rights and Social, RSPO, Kamini Visvananthan said that the members of RSPO have done the brave and asked for the producers to give the living wage.
“I do hope that it would be positive to every sector in the industry and would not limit in the labors. The responsibility is not in the producers only but it is important that every side (every member) should support this to ensure that the labors and their families would have the decent living wage,” he said. (T2)