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Jakarta Post

NGO alleges abuses at Indofood plantations

  • Hans Nicholas Jong

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, June 9 2016   /  08:52 am

As consumers munch on one of PepsiCo or Indofood’s snack foods, workers in North Sumatra are allegedly suffering abuse as the companies strive to meet fantastically high palm oil production targets for their products, a report has revealed.

In September and October 2015, a team of researchers interviewed 41 Indofood workers, examined workers’ documents such as pay slips, letters and work agreements and observed workers at work, their living conditions and plantation amenities.

The investigation was conducted by the US-based Rainforest Action Network (RAN) in two plantations operated by Indofood under its subsidiary plantation company PT PP London Sumatra (Lonsum) in North Sumatra.

RAN is an environmental organization that first gained prominence after succeeding in convincing Burger King to cancel US$35 million worth of destructive Central American rainforest be...