Palm Oil Multi-Stakeholder National Dialogue

To develop a joint common action as well as to promote decent work in the palm oil industry in Indonesia, employers' and workers' organizations in collaboration with the ILO is conducting a a palm oil multi-stakeholder national dialogue with the palm oil's multi- stakeholders.

Background

Based on the discussion with and inputs from workers' organizations, the Indonesian Palm Oil Enterprise Association (GAPKI) in collaboration with the ILO and its other social partners (CNV) have agreed that there are six main areas that need to be addressed to improve the Indonesia’s palm oil industry related to labour issues, covering: 1. Employment status; 2. Wages; 3. Social dialogue; 4. Occupational safety and health; 5. Child labour; and 6. Labour inspection.

There was a consensus that these areas required particular attention in order strengthen Indonesia’s economic advantage in the palm oil sector in a sustainable way, improving working and living conditions of plantation workers and the performance of the sector.

To develop a joint common action as well as to promote decent work in the palm oil industry in Indonesia, Employers organization and workers unions in collaboration by the ILO is planning to have a palm oil multi-stakeholder national dialogue among the palm oil multi- stakeholders. The purpose of the meeting is to exchange views on possible solutions to decent work challenges faced by the sector, while at the same time facilitating or initiating social dialogue.

Objectives

The objective of this national dialogue is threefold:

  1. To formulate the establishment of a social dialogue platform at the national level dedicated specifically to the promotion of decent work in the palm oil sector or supporting the existing platform to include labour issues. Participatory and inclusive dialogue characterized by active engagement of all relevant stakeholders and market players is key to ensuring the development of a comprehensive implementation strategy for the project and to finding sustainable solutions to employment and labour challenges facing the sector;
  2. To agree, on concrete actions that need to be taken in order to advance decent work in the palm oil sector, in accordance with the action plan agreed in August 2015; and
  3. To develop a detailed implementation plan for the joint action with clear role distribution among the multi-stakeholders in the palm oil industry in Indonesia.

Outputs

The outputs expected through this process are:

  1. Agreed well-functioning multi-stakeholder social dialogue mechanism at the national level specifically focusing on the palm oil sector;
  2. A detailed joint action strategy between the stakeholders involved in promoting decent work through the improvement of labour standards throughout the dialogue;
  3. A national platform for social dialogue on issues related to decent work; and 
  4. A common consensus on joint action towards improvement of working condition improvement and decent work in palm oil plantations.