Criticism of Wilmar continues: Amnesty International finds labour violations

 West Kalimantan 
Boy collecting Fresh Fruit Bunches (FFB) in an oil palm plantation. Sanggau, West Kalimantan. November 2005. | Bild (Ausschnitt): © Wakx [CC BY-NC-SA 2.0] - flickr

Whether Nestlé, Unilever, Procter & Gamble or Kellogg’s, palm oil is included in almost all branded products. Behind it is often one name: Wilmar, an agrarian company and leading palm oil producer. Especially in Indonesia, the Group operates through a subsidiary and has been implicated in forced labor, discrimination, low-income and child labor, as Amnesty International reported in a report from 2016.   ... →

Samsung: Massive labour violations at dozens of chinese suppliers

In their yearly CSR report, Samsung continues to report on significant violations of labour rights within dozens of their Chinese suppliers. The report on the South Korean firm was undertaken by external auditors,certified by the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition, and reported dozens of violations of labour standards.

The report covered 100 of Samsung’s 200 factories and included the following violations: 

  • 33 suppliers broke local regulations on insurance
  • 39 paid fixed wages without compensation for overtime
  • 33 used pay cuts as a disciplinary measure
  • 59 suppliers do not provide sufficient protective clothing
  • 48 let minors (aged 16 – 18) handle chemicals.
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Walmart: Slave labour in Shrimp Production

Shrimp was once a luxury food, but today it is available in all supermarkets at a cheap price, but at what cost for the workers and producers? The Guardian UK has undertaken an investigation in Thailand over a six month period and has reported on severe conditions for those working in the industry in Thailand. Their investigation has shown that men are being bought and sold like animals, most foreign workers are sold to a boat for about 300 Euro and are often held under threat of extreme violence for years.   ... →

Vale S.A. : Suspension of a potassium mine project in Argentina

Labor Rights Violation in Argentina

The Brasilian group Vale S.A. heads a multi-billion potassium mine project in Rio Colorado, Argentina, which is planed to start production in 2014. It was notably supported by the Economic Federation of Mendoza (FEM), which is led by the Mendoza Chamber of Mining Entrepreneurs (CARMEN). According to them, such a project will have a positive impact for the region owing to a three-points agreement concluded between Vale and the local authorities of the province of Mendoza.   ... →