Stop Abusing Palm Oil Plantation Workers

Target: Biswaranjan Sen, Co-Chairman of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil’s Board of Governors

Goal: Strengthen protections for the men, women, and children laboring in the world’s palm oil plantations.

The men, women, and children working in the world’s palm oil plantations are facing serious human rights abuses, including little food and water and unregulated child labor. The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) has very lenient guidelines when it comes to human rights and, as a result, has not taken steps to address these issues on their certified plantations.

One of the RSPO’s guidelines labels food and water as a “minor” compliance, while another guideline allows children as young as eight to work on family plantations. Toxic pesticides are also allowed to be used, harming both the environment and the people working the plantation.

The RSPO says it will not review its guidelines until 2018. However, these abuses are serious and cannot wait several more years to be addressed. Palm oil is used in everything from chocolates to soaps. It is widely used across the world and in high demand. It should be obtained humanely and ethically. Sign the petition to demand that the RSPO strengthen its regulations and protect the plantation laborers.


Dear Mr. Sen,

Allegations of human rights abuses on the RSPO’s certified palm oil plantations are on the rise. From little food and water to toxic chemicals to child labor, the conditions on the plantations are troubling. The men, women, and children working on these busy plantations are not being protected by the very organization that is supposed to be helping them.

Companies around the world look to your organization in an effort to obtain ethically harvested palm oil. To ensure that the conditions on the plantations are humane, the human rights abuses should be addressed now, not in 2018 when the organization meets to review its guidelines. I ask that you and your organization strengthen the guidelines in place to protect the laborers who depend on your support and aid.


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