Indonesia palm oil is committed to creating prosperous communities that alleviate poverty and provides new economic opportunities for the next generation of farmers.
Oil palm is perfect for the tropical climate, easy to cultivate, and provides predictable, regular income. For millions of poor, rural farmers across Indonesia it has been a lifeline. 2.6 million Indonesians were lifted out of poverty exclusively by the expansion of palm oil between 2000 and 2015. These are real jobs that are providing a living for Indonesian families and communities and helping to eradicate the many horrors of chronic poverty. Those in Europe who campaign to reduce palm oil, or ban palm oil, are campaigning to increase poverty in Asia and Africa. Their campaigns are a shameful protectionist tool that would harm millions of palm oil farmers and their families, across the Global South.
Increasing teachers and education: Indonesian palm oil is helping to educate the next generation. Obtaining a quality education is the foundation to creating long term sustainable development. Higher incomes have enabled Indonesian farmers to provide higher education for their children, with a large number of locals returning to villages to become teachers.
Decent work and economic growth
Indonesian palm oil provides jobs and livelihoods for millions of people, promoting inclusive and sustainable growth, employment and decent work for all. The number of direct employees in palm oil and related sectors is approximately 5.5 million jobs and 12 million indirectly related jobs.
Indonesian palm oil is committed to reducing inequalities in income and addressing inequality. Annual growth of jobs absorption from palm oil industry is up to 10.8%, which contributes directly to the development of social welfare.
Sustainable Cities and Communities
Indonesian palm oil is working to make our cities and communities sustainable and resilient. The first generations of planters have been able to fund education and healthcare for their children and grandchildren, leading to new generations of well-educated, environmentally-conscious citizens, in cities and communities across Indonesia. Palm oil is at the vanguard of producing more clean energy, energy from waste products, and renewable biofuels, all overseen by Indonesia’s mandatory ISPO sustainability scheme. As the most land-efficient crop, palm oil also ensure more land is free for forest conservation and wildlife protection, but also for sustainable urban growth.