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Malaysian palm oil giant seeks to repair image after abuse claims

Aljazeera, Malaysia, 25 May 2022 - For years, Sime Darby Plantation Berhad, the world’s largest oil palm grower, has touted itself as the leading global producer of environmentally-friendly palm oil.

The Malaysia-based plantation company’s environmental bona fides have been recognised by the Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), a membership organisation that sets standards for the production and procurement of sustainable palm oil.

But at a time when palm oil is in greater demand than ever amid shocks to the global supply of edible oils, the firm is fighting to redeem its image – along with its ability to export to the United States, where the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency has banned its products for more than a year following allegations of forced and convict labour at its Malaysian plantations.

The allegations against Sime Darby include threats and intimidation, arbitrary penalties, physical abuse, restriction of movement and the retention of identity documents.

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Source: https://www.aljazeera.com/economy/2022/5/25/malaysian-palm-oil-giant-seeks-to-revive-image-amid-labour-claims

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