Decent Work and Economic Growth


Sime Darby Plantation (SDP) recognises that ensuring decent work for all workers means providing equal and fair opportunities for employment, social protection, respecting rights at work and providing the platform for workers' voice and social dialogue. We respect the rights of workers by providing a platform for social dialogue and workers’ voices to be heard.

Eradicating Exploitation

Challenges faced by migrant workers are not unique to the palm oil sector and have varying levels of complexities depending on the workers' countries/provinces of origin. We engage with a wide range of stakeholders in an effort to advocate for policy reform that benefits the workforce and is better for society.

We recognise that the recruitment practices relating to foreign workers may be vulnerable to the risks and associated with modern-day slavery and exploitation. We are therefore committed to enhancing the migration experience of our foreign workers through Responsible Recruitment practices, which include:
  • No Recruitment fees – we do not charge workers for employment, and are working with our stakeholders to understand procedures, mapping migration routes and identifying supply chain players to ensure the unscrupulous practice comes to a stop on our plantations.
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  • No retention of documents – workers’ passports are not withheld by management. In Malaysia, individual secure lockers are provided for foreign workers to keep their passport. These lockers are kept safe in a designated locker room situated next to the Auxiliary Police’s guard post. Workers are able to freely access their passports at any given time without any restrictions in place.
  • No contract substitution – we ensure clear and concise communication on employment terms and conditions of work pre and post workers' departure from their country of origin. Our contracts are translated to local languages with terms aligned to the respective national/local collective bargaining agreements. Each worker is provided a copy of the contract and any revisions will be socialised with clear explanations given to workers.
Highlights of our direct foreign workers hiring to Malaysia:
  • SDP is involved in the entire hiring process: from quota approvals, recruitment drives at the country of origins, immigration clearance to self pick-ups at the Malaysian airport.
  • our dedicated Workforce Management Teams are present at recruitment drives in the villages and recruitment centres to promote recruitment efforts, conducts interviews and selection of workers. Our presence at all key stages ensures that from the beginning, workers are given clear explanation on the company and the type of work being offered  


  • our recruitment materials are produced in-house, enriched with clear visuals on the actual work conditions in the local languages that the potential workers can understand.
  • as we appoint recruitment agents to assist us in gathering workers for our recruitment drives, our regular engagements with them include capacity building on ethical recruitments and monitoring their progress through our vendor monitoring/review programme.
  • we pay for all official costs from the point of offer by the company and acceptance by the worker to the point of worker’s return. To verify this, we provide workers with pre and post-arrival self-declarations forms.
  • on a larger context, we are aware that migrant workers continue to face challenges in recruitments. We are committed to work with the industry players to look into the remaining challenges such as workers’ heavy reliance on sponsors and payment to costs that they do not understand.
Ensuring Favourable Working Conditions

We endeavour to provide decent working and living conditions to spur the social advancement of the communities where we operate. In all our operations, we remain steadfast in our goal to create a productive labour force by delivering fair income within reasonable working conditions. For our operations that are located in challenging and developing areas, living arrangements and access to basic needs are also provided and are considered central to the well-being of our people.
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