The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) is the world’s largest certification system for “sustainable” palm oil, but unfortunately, the RSPO’s certification is no guarantee of palm oil produced without deforestation or exploitation.
Despite promises of sustainability, the RSPO consistently has failed to stop the worst deforestation and human rights abuses from palm oil companies it certifies. After the forests fall, it’s the workers and communities that are left to face generations of ongoing devastation. Frontline communities and agricultural workers are left fighting for their basic human rights — facing land theft, toxic working conditions, exploitation, abuse and more.
If the RSPO wants to rebuild its credibility, it must strengthen its standards, reform its enforcement mechanisms, and expel bad actors who violate its own standards. One such bad actor is Indofood, Indonesian business partner to PepsiCo, that has been exposed four times in the past two years for exploiting palm oil workers — yet the RSPO continues to delay in imposing consequences for this blatant violation of its own standards.
Send your message now: tell the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil to drop Indofood’s certification!
To the RSPO Secretariat and the RSPO Complaints Panel members:
For years the Indonesian food manufacturing company and palm oil giant Indofood has been violating the human rights of its workers and local communities and destroying rainforests and peatlands. Your time for inaction is up.
Despite claims of sustainability, the RSPO has refused to expel bad actors or decertify companies proven to be violating your own standards. One such bad actor is Indofood, which has been exposed for exploiting palm oil workers and violating RSPO standards four times over the past two years, including by the RSPO's own accreditation body.
I call on the RSPO to take action now and immediately suspend the membership and certification of Indofood’s subsidiaries London Sumatra and Salim Ivomas.
The RSPO has a lot of work to do to rebuild its credibility, including strengthening its standards and reforming its enforcement mechanisms. But the first test to prove that the RSPO can be a credible certification system by suspending the RSPO certification of Indofood for proven and repeated accounts of labor abuses.
There is no time for more delays — suspend Indofood's "sustainability" certification until it stops abuses of workers' rights.