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To: Procter & Gamble
Tell Procter & Gamble to end workers abuses on palm oil plantations
Procter & Gamble continues to fuel deforestation and human rights abuses through its supply chains despite pledges to end deforestation, climate emissions and human rights abuses.
P&G should address longstanding labor abuses in its palm oil supply chains and ensure workers rights are fully respected.
The conditions on many palm oil plantations that supply P&G brands--from Pantene to Gillette to Oil of Olay--can only be described as "modern-day slavery." As a well-known, multinational company it has the responsibility to show the world that P&G is a leader and is taking the urgent human rights crisis seriously.
Why is this important?
A 16-year-old girl working on palm oil plantations in Indonesia told the Associated Press that her boss took her to a remote part of the estate and suddenly grabbed her arm and started pawing her breasts, throwing her to the jungle floor. Then he held the ax to her throat, spit on her, and raped her. “He threatened to kill me,” she said softly. “He threatened to kill my whole family.”
This story is just one of many -- women working on palm oil plantations are enduring horrific working conditions: From free labor to exposure to toxic pesticides to rape. And Procter & Gamble, like many other beauty brands, have blood on their hands as they source from producers that operate like modern-day slavery. Rainforest Action Network (RAN) investigations found that labor abuses regularly occur even on plantations that supply mills bearing the green palm stamp for sustainable palm oil.
Procter & Gamble is one of the world’s biggest palm oil users, and despite year after year of its palm oil suppliers being exposed for labor abuses, it has failed to ensure palm oil workers are protected.
We ask P&G to:
1) Enforce and monitor the worker protection standards for all its palm oil suppliers
2) Apply full transparency and proof that workers rights are being respected instead of relying on inadequate; certification schemes and allowing offenders to hide from public scrutiny
If we expose a global giant like Procter & Gamble and make them shift big time, it will send ripple effects through the industry and all the others might follow suit.