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Certifying Exploitation: Why “Sustainable” Palm Oil Production Is Failing Workers

Certifying Exploitation: Why “Sustainable” Palm Oil Production Is Failing Workers A kernet worker—informal harvester “helper” who has no employment relationship with the company—collects loose palm fruit on an Indonesian plantation. Rainforest Action Network 765767 NLFXXX10.1177/1095796018765767New Labor ForumGottwald research-article2018 New Labor Forum 2018, Vol. 27(2) 74 –82 Certifying Exploitation: Copyright © 2018, The Murphy Institute, City University of New York Reprints and permissions: Why “Sustainable” Palm Oil sagepub.com/journalsPermissions.nav https://doi.org/10.1177/1095796018765767 DOI: 10.1177/1095796018765767 Production Is Failing Workers journals.sagepub.com/home/nlf Eric Gottwald Keywords corporations, environmental movement, globalization, global unions, international labor, international trade, sweatshops In August of 2016, Amnesty International Malaysia has repeatedly been linked to unsus- released a detailed report exposing egregious tainable production practices, including the labor violations—including forced labor, child destruction of rainforests, endangered species’ labor, exposure to toxic pesticides, and failure habitat, and loss of communally held land by to pay minimum wages—on plantations owned indigenous peoples. As a result of non- by palm oil giant Wilmar, a supplier to major governmental organization (NGO) campaigns global brands, including Unilever, Colgate- against these practices, many U.S. and E.U. Palmolive, Kellogg’s, Nestle, and Procter & companies have committed to sourcing palm oil Gamble. Incredibly, three of the five planta- only from “sustainable” suppliers that pledge to tions where the abuses were documented http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png New Labor Forum SAGE

Certifying Exploitation: Why “Sustainable” Palm Oil Production Is Failing Workers

New Labor Forum , Volume 27 (2): 9 – May 1, 2018

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A kernet worker—informal harvester “helper” who has no employment relationship with the company—collects loose palm fruit on an Indonesian plantation. Rainforest Action Network 765767 NLFXXX10.1177/1095796018765767New Labor ForumGottwald research-article2018 New Labor Forum 2018, Vol. 27(2) 74 –82 Certifying Exploitation: Copyright © 2018, The Murphy Institute, City University of New York Reprints and permissions: Why “Sustainable” Palm Oil sagepub.com/journalsPermissions.nav https://doi.org/10.1177/1095796018765767 DOI: 10.1177/1095796018765767 Production Is Failing Workers journals.sagepub.com/home/nlf Eric Gottwald Keywords corporations, environmental movement, globalization, global unions, international labor, international trade, sweatshops In August of 2016, Amnesty International Malaysia has repeatedly been linked to unsus- released a detailed report exposing egregious tainable production practices, including the labor violations—including forced labor, child destruction of rainforests, endangered species’ labor, exposure to toxic pesticides, and failure habitat, and loss of communally held land by to pay minimum wages—on plantations owned indigenous peoples. As a result of non- by palm oil giant Wilmar, a supplier to major governmental organization (NGO) campaigns global brands, including Unilever, Colgate- against these practices, many U.S. and E.U. Palmolive, Kellogg’s, Nestle, and Procter & companies have committed to sourcing palm oil Gamble. Incredibly, three of the five planta- only from “sustainable” suppliers that pledge to tions where the abuses were documented

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Published: May 1, 2018

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