Safe and Decent Work

Safety is a continuous improvement programme for Olam. We insist on the very constant and necessary focus on Safe Systems of Work, Risk Management, Incident Investigation, correct use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), Permits to work, and Lock-Out-Tag-Out (LOTO) when machinery is not to be used. These are mandatory within our operations. We report on Health and Safety in our Annual Report, including Lost Time Injury Frequency Rates. 

Read the interview with our Global Head of Health and Safety featured in our FY19 Annual Report. 

We have zero tolerance for forced labour, slavery or human trafficking in our organisation and industry. We are committed to maintaining our work, as a global leader in many food and industrial raw material businesses, in engaging with others including suppliers, interest groups and Governments, to eliminate abuses in the labour markets where Olam operates or has influence.

Olam already has in place a number of policies which are reviewed and improved upon regularly along with all our initiatives which require us to mitigate the risk of slavery or human trafficking occurring in Olam’s business or any of its supply chains. These include:

- Olam Fair Employment Policy - Our approach on Fair Employment is aligned to our ethos of Growing Responsibly and is in full compliance with the conventions of the International Labor Organization (ILO) and United Nations Global Compact’s (UNGC) guiding principles on human rights and labour.

• Olam International Code of Conduct - establishing our commitment to growing responsibly including to human rights and standing against all forms of child exploitation, the use of forced labour and abiding by relevant ILO conventions.

Olam Supplier Code - establishing a minimum, non-negotiable standard to which all our suppliers must adhere and which supplements our usual due diligence processes. 

Olam Sustainable Palm Oil Policy – reflecting our commitment to human rights and ‘no exploitation’ in our own plantations, as well as our third-party sourcing.

For the UK Modern Slavery Statement please click here.

We are absolutely against all forms of child exploitation, respecting and abiding by the ILO conventions No 182 on the Worst Forms of Child Labour and No. 138 on the Minimum Age for Admission to Employment and Work. In addition to ensuring this is applied across all of our direct operations (plantations, farms and processing units) Olam works proactively with others, including suppliers, governments and industry peers, to progressively eliminate these abuses in the labour markets related to agricultural supply chains. We follow, and expect our suppliers to follow ILO Convention No 138 defining child labour.

This is clearly stated in the Olam Supplier Code which sets out certain minimum and non-negotiable standards to which all our suppliers must adhere. Signing the Olam Supplier Code represents a commitment to follow the fair employment practices in compliance with all applicable local government rules and regulations regarding Child Labour Laws, and an understanding that regular auditing will be carried out.

In addition, Olam undertakes a raft of measures to mitigate the risk of child labour. These include:

  • Training farmers in good labour practices 
  • Helping farmers to increase yields through the provision of pre-finance, agri-inputs and training in Good Agricultural Practices, which helps them afford to hire adult labour
  • Surveying the community through the Olam Farmer Information System to identify where schools are lacking, and, in turn, providing the required funds for their establishment, as well as ensuring long-term provision of teaching staff by the government
  • Providing adult literacy courses for farmers not only to improve farm management capability but to demonstrate the value of education for their children
  • Scaling up initiatives by working with partners including customers, donors, governments and NGOs.

This is not to say that tackling child labour is easy – far from it. There are many interconnected social and economic issues. Read more in this blog:

How we tackle child labour in the cocoa supply chain here: Why it’s so hard to combat and what we’re doing about it.

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