Children's Rights and Business Principles
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 in addressing children’s rights in business operations. Together with over 30 other companies, we 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 training to socialise the CRBP and assess its impact on our business operations.
For us to deliver the elimination of the worst forms of child labour by 2025, we took part in a study to understand the Impact of Palm Oil on Children in 2016 by UNICEF. The study assessed how palm oil plantation operations impact children and explored how respect of children rights can be further improved. A key outcome of the study was acknowledging that whilst palm oil had the opportunity to provide facilities and infrastructure required for children to develop such as childcare and schools. In reality, there remain gaps in the levels of awareness on adequate nutrition, breastfeeding options and importance of education. This qualitative research also identified some of the main root causes contributing to these impact areas.
More information can be found in the report HERE
Eliminating Child Labour
We do not employ anyone under the age of 18 for any work, let alone hazardous tasks. The importance of keeping children out of our fields are emphasised and communicated to everyone in our supply chain, including smallholders and contractors. We are cognisant that the drivers for children assisting their families in farms are often socioeconomic related such as household incomes and lack of education.
To address some of the root causes, we ensure the following is implemented in our operations:
- Employment opportunity for both parents
- National minimum wages are guaranteed
- A decent standard of living is provided for families such as the provision of food, water, housing, education, child care, health care and transportation.
- Schools and childcare facilities are provided for free
- Community support through a communal living environment