Tell Pepsico That Child Labor and Snack Foods Don’t Mix — Stop Child Labor

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Target: Ms. Indra Nooyi, CEO of PepsiCo
Goal: End child labor and other egregious labor violations in PepsiCo’s palm oil supply chain.

Child labor at Conflict Palm Oil plantations has been directly linked to Pepsico through a new report by Rainforest Action Network, OPPUK and ILRF. This is not news to PepsiCo, which has continually allowed the use of Conflict Palm Oil in its snack foods and drinks. It’s time for PepsiCo to stop profiting off the backs of children and contributing to the destruction of the last remaining rainforest home of orangutans and Sumatran tigers.

The newly released report, The Human Cost of Conflict Palm Oil: Indofood, PepsiCo’s Hidden Link to Worker Exploitation in Indonesia, details how PepsiCo’s joint venture partner, Indofood is compelling workers to hire children and to bring their spouses to work through an unjust wage system and is subjecting workers to toxic chemicals while denying them fair pay and benefits. Indofood’s exploitation of children and other workers has massive implications – Indofood is one of the largest growers of palm oil in the world as well as Indonesia’s largest food company. PepsiCo relies solely on Indofood for production of PepsiCo products sold in Indonesia.

Rainforest Action Network has succeeded in getting 12 of the 20 worst Conflict Palm Oil snack food offenders, known as the Snack Food 20, to change their unethical and destructive sourcing policies by using a variety of tactics, including petition deliveries. Stand in solidarity with palm oil workers, many of which are children, as we continue to demand that PepsiCo require its suppliers and partners to uphold the rights of all palm oil workers by adding your name this petition. We’ve moved companies from these egregious practices before, and we can do it again with your help.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Indra Nooyi,

Your company, PepsiCo, in partnership with Indofood, is profiting off of the backs of laboring children and exploited workers. Indofood’s workers are exposed to toxic chemicals without proper protection, paid unethically low wages, and often denied full time employment, while PepsiCo and Indofood make billions.

How low will you go to to maintain your bottom line?

In addition to these egregious labor violations, Conflict Palm Oil is also a driver of massive destruction of Indonesia’s rainforests — one of the most biodiverse places on Earth and home to orangutans and Sumatran tigers.

Many years have passed as PepsiCo has refused to meaningfully address its Conflict Palm Oil problem. Each and every year, month, day, and hour that passes, your inaction allows another child to be exploited, another worker to be poisoned, and another vast swath of rainforest habitat to be destroyed.

Please, do what is right – don’t allow another day of child labor to exist within your profit margin. Create and enforce a responsible palm oil policy that ensures workers’ rights are upheld and rainforests are kept standing and hold your suppliers and partners to the same standard.

Sincerely,
[Your Name Here]

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32 Comments

  1. This is horrible, it MUST be stopped

  2. Julie MacNamara says:

    This is an atrocity. To work little children is unconscionable especially in poisonous conditions. These children need to have education and a chance to be a child. Is their parents were paid a living wage this could happen. Stop slavery to make money for corporations. I will boycott your products and encourage my family and friends to do the same.

    • Asselle Kirisheva says:

      This is the best way to attract attention. Signing petitions is good, but taking action is much better! I propose everyone who signed this petition and all of those who care have to ban their products and let other people know!!!

  3. Rolando Santana says:

    STOP this!!!!

  4. Lisa Zarafonetis Lisa Zarafonetis says:

    Signed & Shared❗️😡

  5. Barbara Tomlinson says:

    Solidarity with Palm Oil workers, many of which are children.

  6. Children deserve to improve their intelligence, and freedom to play, to enjoy a childhood. Clearly, a society using children as income makers will never advance!

  7. Obliterate, destroy CONFLICT PALM OIL PLANTATIONS — leave our rain forests alone — they are the homes of animals & wildlife — we NEED our rain forests — STOP destroying our palm plants — YOU ARE KILLING OUR PLANET!

  8. Mark Mannion says:

    Conflict Palm Oil is responsible for massive destruction of Indonesia’s rain forests. Further to supporting child labour and wiping-out the orang-utan, Conflict Palm Oil Plantations will ultimately contribute to the destruction of our planet.

  9. Josette Lincourt says:

    Companies like PepsiCo and Nestlé are left to pillage and abuse anything that stands in their way so as to pay less to put products that are detrimental to health in stores. Palm Oil should be banned. Actually, companies should use other oïl which is less detrimental to nature and increase the price of Junk food so that fewer and fewer people would buy them: but that would need political intervention in every country in the world, particularly the rich countries.

  10. What about a boicot against Pepsico for all over the world while they don’t stop child slavery and forest destruction to obtain the poisoning palm oil?

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