Providing a safe workplace where everyone’s rights are respected
Ensuring Olam is a fair employer of a healthy workforce is essential for managing business risk and productivity. All employees and contractors are governed by the Olam Code of Conduct and International Labour Organization (ILO) compliant labour standards. In our third party sourcing, the labour situation is much more complex, with intermediaries and an extended network of 4 million farmers, the majority of whom are in highly rural areas of emerging markets.
Poverty and a lack of schools and sanitation, particularly for girls, coupled with a culture of passing on farming knowledge to the younger generation, increase the risk of child labour. Equally, a migrant workforce can bring not only child labour issues, but poor working conditions for adults which must be addressed with the farmer suppliers. Tackling these issues requires concerted collaboration and agreed partnerships with suppliers, governments, communities, business, trade associations, and NGOs.
Read more on the challenges we face and our progress in the Labour section of the FY16 Annual Report. You can also review our goals here.