Children's Rights

We are committed to the protection of children's rights in our operations, undertaking actions to eliminate child labour, ensuring the protection and safety of children in our facilities, producing child safe products & services and supporting advocacy efforts.

Objective

To continuously uphold the rights of children, especially in the area that we operate.


Progress

In 2013, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the United Nations Global Compact and Save the Children launched the Children’s Rights and Business Principles (CRBP) - the first comprehensive set of principles to guide companies to address children’s rights in business operations. Sime Darby, together with over 30 other companies, were involved in the development of the implementation tool kit and workbook. Guided by the United Nations “Protect, Respect and Remedy” Framework, we have conducted trainings to socialise the CRBP and assess its impact on our business operations.
 
In 2016, UNICEF conducted a qualitative research on the palm oil sector and children in Indonesia. The research took place at oil palm production centres in the provinces of North Sumatra and Central Borneo. Through this research, UNICEF identified salient impact areas in relation to children in oil palm plantations.
 
More information can be found in the report here: https://www.rspo.org/library/lib_files/preview/892


Approach

Developed in 2010, the Sime Darby Child Protection Policy upholds the rights of children, particularly in the areas where we operate. The Policy outlines the need to maintain a child safe environment beyond issues of child labour and the responsibility of our stakeholders in operationalising children’s rights in business operations.
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