Palmoilmagazine, BALIKPAPAN – A study of McKinsey revealed that if the female in the world get a same shot with the male, there would be additional economic advantages up to US$ 28 billion or equal to increase the economy up to 26% in the globe.
Chairman of Labor Department Indonesian Palm Oil Association (IPOA), Sumarjono Saragih said it is massive to empower the female in the globe. This is part of 17 goals in Sustainable Development Goas (SDGs), which is, the Goal number 5 is Gender Equality and Number 8 is Decent Work. Not left behind, this becomes the significant agenda in G20 Presidency. There would be W20 (Women Twenty). In more specific, this is one agenda in B20 (Business Twenty) through WiBAC (Women in Business Action Council).
“Indonesia is the biggest palm oil producer in the world. Hardly 70% of the production were sold in the globe. It means, we have to be active and the role model to empower the female globally. 16 million workers involve in palm oil. The population, roles, and contribution of the female workers are big,” he said in socialization and workshop in Balikpapan, East Kalimantan (8 – 9/9/2022)
Saragih also mentioned, when many challenges ahead, IPOA and its member actively promote many best practices. One effective model to empower the femal is by having Komite Perempuan (KP) or other same term.
“Many companies establish KP as part of mission and commitment of the shareholders and directors. It means, KP would get the support, budget, work program, and organization process clearly. It even have branding narration of the companies KP would become the special place of ‘female’. ‘From, for, and by’ female,” Saragih mentioned.
In general KP functions to realize equality, fairness, protection, empowerment of the female. IPOA actively encourages the establishment of KP in every company until their unit work.
“KP is the new relatively business practice. IPOA arranged and published Buku Panduan Parktis Perlindungan Hak Pekerja Perempuan di Perkebunan Sawit. Empowering the female is united part in sustainable palm oil in Indonesia,” Saragih said. (T2)