Tell Cargill to Stop Forced and Child Labor in Palm Oil
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Tell Cargill to Stop Forced and Child Labor in Palm Oil

    1. Timothy Newman
    2. Petition by

      Timothy Newman

      Washington, DC

 

There's an ingredient in much of the food you eat and products you use that you may never notice but could be produced by forced or child labor. Palm oil is ubiquitous in our food and cosmetics and its production is rapidly expanding around the world as a biofuel. Last week, the US Department of Labor released a new report revealing that palm oil from Indonesia may be tainted by child labor and palm oil from Malaysia may be produced by forced labor.

Workers in Southeast Asia are often lured to work on palm oil plantations with promises of a better life, but often find unsafe conditions, long hours, low or no pay and many are even held in work camps under tight security. 

Forced and child labor in palm oil production is unacceptable, but US corporations like Cargill purchase much of Malaysia and Indonesia's palm oil which makes them very influential over conditions on these plantations.

While over 45 companies have signed on to the Rainforest Action Network's pledge to source responsible palm oil (or eliminate its use altogether), Cargill lags behind in ensuring that it is not sourcing products produced by forced or child labor. The company has made some progress recently on its own plantations in preparation for an audit, but Cargill still lacks appropriate labor rights safeguards for the palm oil it trades, refines and sells from various plantations throughout Indonesia and Malaysia.

 

Photo credit: Rainforest Action Network

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      T N
      by T N
      Petition Organizer

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    • Donna Butler BUFFLO, NY
      • almost 2 years ago

      PLEASE READ THIS WE NEED JOBS WHY WE CANT WORK. WE WILL WORK AS HARD AS THE KIDS.

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    • daniella sforza MIAMI, UNITED STATES
      • almost 2 years ago

      palm oil is not even good for us to eat, let alone exploit people and forests for it.

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    • Essential Lyrics CORALVILLE, IA
      • almost 2 years ago

      Cargill is in right in my back door so to say and a employer to many in my home town my dad use to work for them. I find child labor and forced labor intolarable. I also feel rainforest destruction affects us all with our quality of life and we should find those who want to farm and do the labor to get the products wanted rather than just tearing something down and forcing someone to do it. Sometimes we have to pay more than we like to get what we want but all it takes is collecting some seeds dirt and water to start some growth and mother nature produces these things free of charge im just saying.

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    • DAYA WHITAKER TACOMA, WA
      • almost 2 years ago

      LEAVE CHILDREN ALONE!!

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    • Karl Moore MONROE, CT
      • almost 2 years ago

      I SIGNED THIS PETITION LIKE THREE MONTHS AGO AND YOU ARE STILL DOING THIS? SAVE THE FUCKING ORANGUTANS YOU PRICKS!

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