SANDAKAN, Nov 14-- Wilmar International Ltd's (Wilmar) effort in creating a positive impact on children's rights has placed it among the top achievers of a Global Child Forum (GCF) benchmark study this year.
Wilmar chief sustainability officer Jeremy Goon said the agribusiness group, which operates six oil palm mills in Sabah and two in Sarawak, has a deep understanding and appreciation of a responsible and sustainable business among its employees.
"There are over 12,000 children, who live in our plantations with their parents, and it is important for us that they are provided with the safeguards and protection of their rights to education and a secure childhood.
"We believe that thriving children equals thriving families, and this, in turn, creates a stable and healthy environment for our employees,” he said in a statement here today.
Goon added that Wilmar was honoured to have its efforts recognised by Swedish non-profit foundation GCF, which encouraged the company to remain steadfast to its sustainability commitments.
Wilmar scored 7.4 out of 10 in the GCF 2019 benchmark study titled “The State of Children’s Rights and Business: From Promise to Practice”.
According to GCF secretary-general Cajsa Wiking, the benchmark report demonstrated that companies were starting to understand the specificity of children’s rights issues within a corporate context and wanted to make a positive difference.
She said Wilmar had made great strides, doubling its benchmark score since 2014 and addressing children’s rights and their well-being in its operations and communities.