Studying the Impact of RSPO Certification on Palm Oil Workers
Dr Joel David Moore, senior lecturer in global studies, garners an industry grant, to study the impact of sustainable palm oil production and work environment certification on workers.
Dr Joel David Moore, from the School of Arts and Social Sciences, Monash University Malaysia, recently received a coveted industry grant by the Roundtable of Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). With this, he and his team endeavour to research the impact the organisation and its certification have on the working conditions for palm oil workers.
After consulting with stakeholder companies and non-governmental organisations, the research team will speak with and collect data from workers in the industry. The data will provide a clearer picture of how RSPO certification has improved palm oil workers’ livelihoods, wellbeing and rights.
This research has the potential to add to the on-going discussion to ensure this significant industry produces a commodity that utilises sustainable practices and ensures more equitable outcomes for workers.