Labour standards

The group takes seriously its duty to protect and respect the human rights of any person affected by its operations and is committed to adhering to the core conventions of the International Labour Organisation’s Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, as well as Indonesian labour regulations and the provisions of the Modern Slavery Act 2015. The policy on human rights is displayed at every work site in order to communicate the group’s commitments in this regard to employees at every level.

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’s policy includes a commitment to promote diversity and equality in the workplace and states clearly that discrimination based on age, disability, ethnicity, gender, marital status, political opinion, race, religion or sexual orientation will not be tolerated. As of 31 December 2019, 40 ethnicities and five religions were represented in the group’s workforce.

The group pays careful attention to the gender balance within its workforce. At the end of 2019, women accounted for 23% of REA’s workforce, including 19% of the management team.

   2019 2018
    Number of male staff   Number of female staff   Number of male staff   Number of female staff 
  Directors 5   2   4   2  
  Management 57   13   64   13  
  Rest of workforce 6,201   1,812   6,895   2,562  
  Total 6,263   1,827   6,963   2,577  

The gender committee aims to drive and improve gender diversity in the workplace. The committee’s members are managers and staff with relevant knowledge and expertise to advise on and help implement the group’s policy with respect to equality and diversity.  In collaboration with the human resources department, the committee considers relevant changes in regulatory guidance and recommends policy changes accordingly. Through subcommittees at the estates and in the mills, the committee seeks to ensure equality of opportunity and treatment at all levels in the group.  To encourage respect for gender equality, the group holds special events to celebrate occasions such as International Women’s Day and the Indonesian women’s rights day, known as Kartini Day.

In furtherance of the group’s commitment to the code of conduct that was established in 2011 and the group’s anti-bribery and anti-corruption policy, a whistleblowing procedure has been implemented for employees in Indonesia.  This procedure is managed and facilitated by a professional independent third-party firm.