Producing palm oil with respect for human rights is a crucial pillar to achieve a fully sustainable supply chain. EPOA shares the believe that a sustainable production of palm oil can only become a reality when both environmental and social issues are addressed. Besides monitoring and verifying palm supply chains on environmental challenges, EPOA members also include a full scope of human rights topics in their supply chain due diligence work, for example the challenges of forced labor, children’s rights and women rights violations. We believe it is important to increase the awareness and knowledge of these issues. This should be immediately translated into collective and individual action.
Human rights abuses are one of the most challenging issues to manage in the agricultural commodities value chains. Nevertheless, different actions are already taking place focusing at addressing and preventing human rights abuses:
EPOA and its members acknowledge the human rights related challenges present in agricultural supply chains. We support the increasing awareness and understanding of the challenges in the palm oil supply chain specifically. We aim to implement actions and policies, which ensure the protection of human rights. In particular, we support: