NEWS: Exploitative recruitment practices uncovered in research on palm oil sector

A new report from the Fair Labor Association (FLA), commissioned by The Consumer Goods Forum’s (CGF) Palm Oil Working Group, uncovered several indicators of forced labour, including high recruitment fees in the palm oil industry in Indonesia and Malaysia.

“Malaysia and Indonesia are leading producers of palm oil, together accounting for 86 percent of global production and employing nearly 3.5 million workers, largely migrants from poorer neighbouring regions and countries.”

Recruitment of this large workforce is scrutinised in this report, which uncovers several exploitative practices are used including: coercion and threats; a lack of clarity of employment terms and conditions; dependency on the employer; high recruitment fees; debt bondage; and involuntary overtime.

Download the full report here.