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Human and labor rights within the palm oil sector

Rights iconWe respect the human rights of our employees, the workers in our value chains, and those affected by our operations. Respecting human rights is also an absolute requirement for everyone in our supply chain. 

Neste has been active in tackling common challenges related to human rights and the fair treatment of workers in the palm oil industry. Our work has been recognized for making a gradual impact on labor issues. Our projects with smallholder producers of palm oil also supports development of social issues in the palm oil industry.

Collaboration to protect children’s rights

We are working with NGOs, our partners, and suppliers to protect childrens’ rights in our supply chain. In 2019, Neste and several major brands partnered with Business for Social Responsibility (BSR) and Wilmar on a program aimed at protecting the rights of children living on palm plantations.

The program includes developing a Child Protection and Safeguarding Implementation Manual, as well as a series of capacity building workshops. These enable palm suppliers to learn, discuss, and implement pragmatic measures to strengthen the rights and protection of children. The program will continue until the spring of 2020.

Human Rights Criteria for Supplier Sustainability Due Diligence

In 2019, we strengthened the social criteria in our supplier sustainability due diligence framework. The criteria have a strong human rights focus, and cover topics such as fair wages and favourable work conditions, health & safety, freedom of association, diversity, labour standards, impacts on neighboring communities, and the rights of vulnerable groups such as children, migrant workers, and women.

These criteria are used to review supplier practices in our site visits to raw materials suppliers. All site visits include conversations with a number of different rights holders, including with site workers and third-party employees.

Read more about our approach to human rights.