Some 5 million children are affected by the palm oil industry in Indonesia, either as dependents of palm oil workers, or as workers themselves, data from UNICEF has shown.
Child labour is a sensitive issue and, for some, is open to interpretation. When is a child working on a plantation exploitation, and when is it a child helping their parents out after school? And should the priority be to stop all child labour, or to address the root causes of child labour—rural poverty?
To discuss what can be done to keep children safe and families together on palm oil plantations, Eco-Business correspondent Zafirah Zein hosted a discussion with Kamini Visvananthan, human rights and social standards manager for the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), and Ines Kämpfer, CEO, The Centre for Child Rights and Business (formerly CCR CSR).
Tune in to hear about:
The definition of child labour
What work are children doing on plantations?
Improving the welfare of women to help children
How are palm oil companies working to aid children’s rights?
How can projects to help children be scaled up?
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