Wilmar Got the Highest Scores in Children Protection Commitment

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Wilmar Got the Highest Scores in Children Protection Commitment

InfoSAWIT, KUALA LUMPUR – Global Child Forum, a Sweden non-profit foundation acknowledged that Wilmar International Limited (Wilmar) got the highest scores globally in many industries to struggle for children protection by integrating it in its operational.

In Global Child Forum’s independent report 'The State of Children's Rights and Business 2021’ that monitored 832 companies globally, Wilmar got 9,8 of 10, which surpassed the scores in private sectors which were only 5,4.

Chief Sustainability Officer Wilmar, Jeremy Goon mentioned that this is the continuous and sustainable effort to assure that children have facility and instruments to grow well. “Everything keeps going on though there are challenges ahead because of Covid-19 pandemic,” he said, as in the official statement to InfoSAWIT, Wednesday (15/12/2021).

What the company did was to print out the materials of school for the children that study in Wilmar’s plantations, homework post system which means, the workers in plantation should be actively collecting and sending the children’s homework, and advantaging radio or television to broadcast educational programs.

Wilmar also provides free and qualified educational access to 10.800 children who are still in study. They believed that education is one key to conquer poverty and increases quality of life. The company runs 145 childcares in its plantations to babysit more than 3.300 babies of its workers.

“Wilmar’s position in our benchmark reflects their commitment to integrate children’s rights in every operational and their sustainable efforts to develop the better understanding about how their operational gives impacts to the children. Our benchmark showed what a company could achieve for business and the people when a company integrates approach that prioritizes the children,” General Secretary of Global Child Forum, Cajsa Wiking said.

In the previous, Wilmar was also acknowledged by Global Child Forum of few companies about case study that assessed journey, challenge, and achievement in children’s right integration in every operational of Wilmar and its suppliers.

In 2020, Wilmar and Business for Social Responsibility (BSR) developed Children’s Safety and Protection Guidelines in cooperation with other big private consumer goods. The guidelines are about to complete palm oil upstream operational that covers Wilmar’s third suppliers to get the same understanding and capacity to protect the children’s rights. In June 2021, Wilmar and BSR got into the next phase by manually testing it in the chosen plantations in Indonesia and Malaysia.

Wilmar also launched Children Protection Policy in 2017 for the first time to confirm its efforts to protect children in plantations with their family. Children’s health and welfare are the main pillars to Wilmar’s Female Charter. (T2)