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Treating all workers equally and humanely

Treating all workers equally and humanely

Respect

The origins of the contents of much of our food, cosmetics and medicine, even things like our kitchen worktops, are difficult to trace.

These supply chains are complex, but follow them to their ends and you will often find social issues. The people working there are in what is often known as the informal sector – a place that is left unmonitored. Working conditions are often poor and employees may lack any benefits.

These workers don’t ask for much. Progress for them could be a bus to take them from their accommodation to the plantation, quarry or factory they work at; or a bed, rather than the floor, to sleep on; but mainly, they just want to be treated with respect; the kind of respect we would all like to be treated with ourselves.

Our Respect Programme is based on principles which aim to provide a framework for our engagement with companies on human rights. These principles apply to the companies we work with, their direct and indirect suppliers and sub-contractors, as well as all workers, including contract temporary, subcontracted and migrant workers, as well as all sites.

Facts

We helped women in the stone industry in India get access to social security.
In Central America our work helped 4,500 workers gain access to water.
In collaboration with Wilmar we have ensured workers’ passports have been returned in Malaysia.

Our solution

We adhere to 10 principles that cover no child, forced or bonded labour; ethical recruitment is used; health and safety of workers is protected; employment contracts for all workers; wages and working hours meet legal requirements; companies respect diversity; harassment and abuse is not tolerated; all workers have access to judicial remedy; accommodation is safe and hygienic and all workers have freedom to join unions.

News & Stories

May 23, 2019

How companies can access services to aid children

Nov 21, 2018

TFT supports palm oil company, Ladang Rakyat Terengganu, become first company in the state to return passports to its migrant workers

Nov 14, 2018

TFT publishes fifth palm oil paper

Join the Earthworm Journey

As a member-based organisation, we know that collaboration is key to success and that everyone has a role to play in creating balance between people and nature. We are always open to hearing from potential new members or clients, interested investors or partners and those who just want to learn more. Please get in touch!

Invest in a solution

To create real, lasting change we know we need to maximise the impact of our solutions. If you want to be a part of this journey, reach out to us and together we can make change happen.

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Do you have an idea that could help transform a supply chain or play a part in the fight against climate change? We fully appreciate the power of ideas and collaboration. So, please get in touch and share your thoughts.
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Want to know more about our work on the ground? Whether you work in sustainability, journalism or are simply curious about what we do, we’re happy to answer your query.

Downloads

Jan 23, 2019

Respect Workers' Principles

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May 23, 2019

Children in Plantations Directory 2019

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Feb 22, 2019

Children in Plantations of Sabah 2017 report

pdf. 8.6 MB

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Feb 22, 2019

Children in Plantations of Sabah 2017 info-sheet

pdf. 1.8 MB

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Apr 11, 2019

Indonesia Labour Rights Assessment

pdf. 2.4 MB

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Apr 11, 2019

Indonesia Labour Rights Assessment Executive (Summary)

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Apr 11, 2019

Ringkasan-Eksekutif-HRIA_Bahasa-Indonesia_Clean

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