How are children’s rights and child-related issues being tackled by leading agri companies?
In this webinar, Global Child Forum and Wilmar, The Centre for Child Rights and Business and Insaight Consultancy – explore this timely and important question.
The webinar introduces the case study on Wilmar’s path towards establishing more sustainable business practices– and developing a better understanding of the need to integrate a children’s rights perspective across its operations and suppliers.
Further perspectives from The Centre for Child Rights and Business as well as Kamini Visvananthan, a consultant with Insaight Consultancy who led the development of the RSPO’s Child Rights Guidance series for key palm oil industry actors.
Global Child Forum
With over 20 years of sustainable development experience, Fredrik leads the Â External Relations & Engagement team, continuing to develop strategic partnerships and communication with stakeholders worldwide in order to strengthen Global Child Forumâ€™s mission to support corporations in their efforts to positively impact childrenâ€™s right in their operations. Fredrik brings to this role 16 years of experience as a senior sustainability consultant at PwC, as well as positions Â managing sustainability within organizations such as Ericsson, OX2 and Peas Industries. Fredrik is also on the board of NMC â€“ The Swedish Association for Sustainable Business and holds a degree in Political Science from Stockholm University. He joined Global Child Forum in the fall 2020.
General Manager for Group Sustainability, Wilmar International Ltd
Perpetua “Pep” George has a career spanning work in forest conservation, sustainable production consulting, the FMCG industry, and oil palm plantations. Previously working for Unilever, Proforest, and WWF – she is currently the General Manager for Group Sustainability in Wilmar International.
Her current responsibilities cover the implementation of sustainable practices in Wilmar’s plantation operations, where she spearheaded the current human rights invigoration within Wilmar though the lens of the family unit, specifically focussing on women and children. Pep is a member of the Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil Human Rights Working Group and Decent Living Wage Task Force and has worked directly on the development of RSPO’s Human Rights Defenders Policy, and the Decent Living Wage guidance. She is also involved in other multi-stakeholder initiatives such as Pongo Alliance, the TFA, and the Sabah Jurisdictional Certification Steering Committee.
Pep holds an MSc in botany and anthropology, and her research expertise is in the natural resource use of local communities – focusing on how land and different forest types are valued amongst the indigenous communities of Sabah in Malaysian Borneo.
Country Manager, Indonesia The Centre for Child Rights and Business
Siti Octrina Malikah (“Riri”) is currently the Country Manager Indonesia at The Centre. She has over 10 years of experience in rights issues including child rights and protection, labour migration and human trafficking, maternity rights, and sustainable and responsible business. She applies enhanced project management skills to lead all of The Centre’s projects implementation in Indonesia and a number of projects in South and Southeast Asia, ranging from carrying out child rights risk and impact assessment, to crafting tools, guidelines, and training materials development, implementing youth development programmes and other social projects at all levels of the supply chain.
Before joining The Centre, she worked for PathFinders Hong Kong where she intensively engaged in the area of child protection to make sure children born to migrant mothers (mostly migrant domestic workers) have proper documentation, welfare plan and access to justice and healthcare. Prior to that, she also worked for UN Migration Agency, International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Indonesia and Hong Kong, to implement projects and advocacy work related to counter trafficking and labour migration initiatives, as well as to provide direct assistance to victims of labour and/or sexual exploitation.
Human Rights Impact Consultant, Insaight Consultancy
A lawyer by profession, Kamini spent six years specialising in Industrial Relations and Employment
Law in Malaysia where she handled cases for employers and employees. As the first Human Rights
and Social Standards Manager for RSPO, she led the development of RSPO's standards, policies and
guidance relating to human rights from 2016 until recently.
During her time at the RSPO, Kamini was exposed to varied human rights practices and impacts of
the palm oil industry globally. This experience has given her a broad yet practical outlook. Kamini
was also responsible for developing human rights tools for the RSPO like the RSPO Guidance for
Implementing a Decent Living Wage, Guidance on Calculating Prevailing Wages, RSPO’s Practical
Guidance on Gender Inclusion and the RSPO Child Rights Guidance series for key palm oil industry
Kamini now provides consultancy services where she provides solutions towards mitigating human
rights impacts for her clients.