ILO Lauds GAPKI For Initiating “Child-Labor-Free Palm Oil”

Manpower Minister Ida Fauziyah has recently launched a national campaign to eliminate child labor from all economic sectors of Indonesia, including the palm oil industry.

Launched through a virtual ceremony on Thursday, 23 December 2021, the child-labor-free campaign involves various stakeholders, including the International Labor Organization (ILO), the central and regional governments, and business players’ organizations, which include the Indonesian Palm Oil Association (GAPKI).

During the launching ceremony, the minister explained about the international and national agendas in eradicating the child labor problem. “Nationally, we target to free Indonesia from child labor in 2030,” she said.

She asserted that in the palm oil sector, the “child-labor-free initiative” is also in line with the Indonesian policy to realize sustainable palm oil as required by the presidential regulation (Perpres) on Indonesia Sustainable Palm Oil (ISPO) and the presidential instruction (Inpres) on action plan of sustainable palm oil.

Addressing the launching ceremony, ILO Indonesia Country Director Michiko Miyamoto highly appreciated GAPKI for its initiative in eradicating the child labor from the palm oil sector.

“I highly appreciate the initiatives taken by the government, associations of industrial players that include GAPKI, and other stakeholders, in eradicating the child labor,” Michiko said.

Sumarjono Saragih, the head of GAPKI manpower division, said during the occasion that GAPKI is strongly committed to eradicating the child labor and realizing child-friendly palm oil industry.

“We as industrial players comply with prevailing regulations that ban the child labor. GAPKI is also open for collaborations with all stakeholders in realizing the child-labor-free Indonesia, especially in the palm oil supply chain. This is in line with our efforts to realize Indonesia sustainable palm oil (ISPO),” he said. (*)

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