International Labor Rights Forum (ILRF), Rainforest Action Network (RAN), and Indonesian labor rights advocacy organization OPPUK lodged a formal complaint against palm oil giant Indofood with the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), the industry’s largest certification scheme. Indofood is the largest private palm oil plantation company in Indonesia, and has yet to adopt a commitment to using only responsibly produced palm oil. The company is a major joint venture partner of global snack food brand PepsiCo.
RAN, OPPUK, and ILRF are calling for the suspension of two of Indofood’s palm oil plantation subsidiaries––PT. PP London Sumatra Indonesia Tbk. (Lonsum) and PT. Salim Ivomas Pratama Tbk. (Salim Ivomas)––from the RSPO for egregious labor rights violations documented on multiple Lonsum plantations. In both an independent report and in a report filed recently by the RSPO’s own accreditation body, Indofood was found in violation of both the RSPO Principles & Criteria, as well as the RSPO Code of Conduct.