Socapalm’s social commitment is set out in its code of ethics and policies. These documents also underline its adherence to ethical standards and its compliance with applicable laws.
As a major player in the development of the regions in which it operates, Socapalm strives on a daily basis to improve local livelihood by encouraging respectful and transformative tropical agriculture.
The occupational health and safety system is based on OHSAS 18001, while labor and human rights policies are based on the requirements of the SA 8000 standard, as well as RSPO Principles and Criteria, ILO conventions and the United Nations (UN) Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
The occupational health and safety has always been the subject of joint efforts by company doctors, regarding prevention and awareness-raising in Socapalm’s villages and neighboring communities, and peer health educators in special HIV/AIDS programs.
All Socapalm plantations have medical centers where staff and their families have free access to care, and 80% of the cost of outpatient consultations/hospitalizations is also covered by the company.
General Management strongly encourages ongoing, high-quality social dialogue within the various plantations.
To ensure non-discrimination in recruitment, vacancies are published, and priority is given, with equal qualifications and skills, to plantation employees and local community members. In addition, General Management has set up a recruitment procedure whereby applications are submitted to the email address email@example.com.
Performance appraisals are regularly organized and lead to career development and/or targeted training programs.
The ethics charter (code of ethics), which was in place for nearly a decade, was revised in 2017. It covers all hierarchical levels.
Socapalm guarantees freedom of association and collective bargaining.
Socapalm is firmly committed to defending freedom of association and non-discrimination, and to prohibiting forced labor and child labor. It is also committed to guaranteeing fair treatment and decent housing for its employees.