InfoSAWIT, JAKARTA – The female is important part in palm oil plantations. They work at every chain process and play many roles. As worker, wife of a worker and the most important thing, they are mothers for the successors of palm oil in the future.
The female does lots in palm oil fame in Indonesia. Indonesia is now as the biggest palm oil producer in the world or equal to 58% of the palm oil markets worldwide. Palm oil delivered export exchange hardly 500 billion rupiah in 2021.
“Palm oil from Indonesia has big things. Big donation in economy and social but has big challenges, sustainable environmental challenges, and human,” Chairman in Labor Indonesian Palm Oil Association (IPOA), Sumarjono Saragih said, as in the official statement to InfoSAWIT.
He also mentioned, it is always forgotten that smallholders belong 42% of palm oil plantations in Indonesia. The rests, 58% belong to the companies. Palm oil plantations hire more than 16 million workers and more than 2 smallholders. The ownership structure has its own challenges to protect female in palm oil plantations.
Female aspect is one urgent issue. Just the same with International Labor Organization (ILO) study in 2015, female has wide dimension. That is why Saragih continued, IPOA would try initiative by publishing book as campaign and practical guidelines. “The title is ‘Panduan Praktis Perlingungan Hak Pekerja Perempuan Di Perkebunan Sawit,” he said.
It was arranged by taking local labor union, the Hukatan. We conducted the strategy because the Hukatan is in affiliation with Netherland labor union, the CNV International. We need the network to get publication globally.
It was launched in March 2021 by Minister of Labor and Minister of Female Empowerment and Child Protection. Both ministers appreciated the initiative.
Saragih continued, IPOA also encouraged its internal members 100% to get Indonesian Sustainable Palm Oil (ISPO) certificate and for non-members and smallholders should get socialization by implementing best practices.
“Our initiative could be inspiration and showcase in G20 Presidency. As what President Joko Widodo hoped, there should be more action and we did it before G20 Presidency,” Saragih told. (T2)