REA is committed to adhering to the core conventions of the International Labour Organisation’s Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, as well as the Indonesian labour regulations. This commitment is enshrined in the group’s policy on human rights, which is displayed at every site.
REA’s minimum wage for both casual and permanent male and female employees is in line with the minimum monthly wage for the district of Indonesia where they work. REA strictly enforces its policy not to employ anyone under the age of 18 by checking the identity cards, school certificates and family registration information for each new employee. Employees are not required to deposit identity cards, insurance cards or money and are provided with clear terms of employment, which include pre-agreed notice periods. REA respects the right of employees and contract workers to form or join trade unions and bargain collectively, in accordance with national and international regulations.
REA believes that diversity in the workforce fosters productivity. In 2014, 41 ethnicities and five religions were represented in the group’s workforce. Mutual respect is one of REA’s core values; discrimination based on age, disability, ethnicity, gender, marital status, political opinion, race, religion or sexual orientation is not tolerated.
As at 31 December 2014, women accounted for 27% of REA’s workforce, including 16% of the management team.
The palm oil industry has traditionally been male-dominated, but REA is working to address some of the gender stereotypes that fuel this. For example, in 2013 the group introduced a scheme to provide free driving tuition to women who already live on the plantation but are not currently employed. So far, seven women have participated in this scheme, and three women are now employed as drivers, one of whom has obtained a heavy vehicle licence. In line with the requirements of the RSPO gender committees have been established, which provide a regular forum for gender-related challenges in the workplace and suggestions for improvements to be discussed with the management team.